The statue was created as Birmingham's entry for the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, Missouri.
A nine day festival commenced on May 7, 1939 to dedicate Vulcan Park.
Vulcan was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 6, 1976.
Commissioned by the Commercial Club of Birmingham, Italian-born sculptor Giuseppe Moretti began designing the monumental figure in 1903.
George W. Bush's foreign policy advisory team in the 2000 U.S. Presidential election was led by Birmingham native Condoleezza Rice and nicknamed themselves the Vulcans in honour of the statue, although once again many people assumed incorrectly that this was a reference to the Star Trek Vulcans.