The statue won the grand prize at the fair, but lost its admiration soon after it ended. The statue was eventually assembled, incorrectly (its hands were backwards), at the Alabama fairgrounds. This was meant to be a temporary arrangement but remained there for three decades. Finally, it was erected on Red Mountain in 1939. The museum and park opened around this time as well. By 1999, the statue and park grounds were in need of serious restoration. Vulcan was re-erected in 2003 and the park opened a year later.