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This 56-foot statue standing at the top of Red Mountain is the world?s largest cast iron creation. In Roman mythology, Vulcan is a blacksmith who is one of the famous pagan idols in the history. This monument was not built for pagan worship but rather, it was for the 1904 St. Louis World?s Fair. Vulcan is weighing 50 tons and supposed to stand 50-feet. But when the townsfolk of Birmingham learned that the Buddha statue in Tokyo stands 52-feet, they decided to make it a little bit taller.

During the St. Louis fair over a century ago, instead of an arrow or spear, the people filled Vulcan?s hands with soda pop, ice cream cones, and a jar of pickles. And when he was finally turned over to the city government for preservation, his hand was fitted with a spear and a safety torch which turns green and red for traffic purposes.

It was in 1938 when Vulcan was erected in 12-storey high Red Mountain to where his iron body was mined. However, in 1999, the Roman pagan collapsed and the museum taking care of the statue had to remodel it based on its 1930?s appearance.

Today, the exact replica of Vulcan?s statue is situated in a ten-acre museum where visitors can push a button to light his torch, but this time, it is only a green light. The museum also sells Vulcan souvenirs of various sizes and kinds. One of the famous is the Bobble Buns doll.

Vulcan, which is originally a historical symbol, is now turned into a doll redone in buttocks which signifies a new come back for this Roman pagan. This has become a symbol of Birmingham?s pride of misguided modesty which dates back over 100 years ago.
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