Historic Alabama: Blast from the past

A look at a furnace from the mid-1800s

The Bibb Naval Furnace in Brierfield is shown in this 1907 photo. The site was originally developed in 1861, destroyed during Wilson’s Raid in 1865 and eventually closed for good in 1894. The Bibb County Commission created a park in 1976, now known as the Brierfield Ironworks Historical State Park. Remnants of the brick furnace remain in the park. Photo from the Alabama Department of Archives & History.

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This photo appears in the December 2023 issue of Business Alabama.

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