The furnaces took quite a few lives while Sloss was in production. The first two lost were African American workers clearing unconsumed ore and coke from the inner walls of the furnace (see previous post).
The third happened that same week when a transient worker from Kentucky committed suicide by gaining unauthorized access to the furnace and jumping in.
And while there were many other deaths over the years, only one made local legend. .
In 1887, Richard Jowers was repairing a charging mechanism in the furnace when he fell to his death. For decades after, workers claimed to see a ghost that they believed was Jowers. He was most often seen as molten iron poured out from the furnaces.
To this day, people believe his presence still haunts the abandoned grounds of Sloss Furnaces and will for as long as they stand.
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