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Vulcan is the world's largest cast iron statue, 56 feet tall, and sitting atop a 126-foot pedestal complete with elevator and observation deck. The statue itself, a likeness of the Roman god of fire, was built for the 1904 World's Fair in St Louis as a symbol of the Birmingham iron and steel industry. After many facelifts and modifications, and years of weathering, the statue was in danger of collapse by the 1990s. The statue and its pedestal were renovated beginning in 1999, with a formal reopening in 2004.

Many (ourselves included) find it amusing that the figure's buttocks are exposed, even though it is probably historically accurate. We should be thankful that he is at least wearing an apron. See below for a front view.

Vulcan is located at the top of Red Mountain just south of downtown Birmingham.

Front view of Vulcan, partly covered in snow (photo by David Gunnells, licensed per CC-BY-SA)

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