Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area

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Shopping on AmazonSmile is an easy way to support Rivers of Steel! Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Rivers of Steel every time you shop on AmazonSmile.

Mobile Sculpture Workshop 2015

The Mobile Sculpture Workshop is a summer youth workshop aimed at demonstrating the techniques of safe and proper welding and metal fabrication while producing a large-scale sculpture for public display. April 1 is the deadline for applicationsLearn more

Alloy Pittsburgh Project 2015

March 30 is the notification date for artists whose site-based visual or performing artwork will be exhibited in September at the Carrie Furnaces National Historic Landmark site. Learn more about Alloy Pittsburgh Project 2015.

From the Carrie Furnace: Art in Steel Valley

The Sprout Fund has supported projects that tell the story of the Carrie Furnaces, document their emergence as a place for artistic expression, and create new opportunities for the production of site-specific art. View their compilation video of recently funded projects involving the Carrie Furnaces.

Tour of the 48" Universal Plate Mill at Carrie Furnaces

Check out this brief walkaround of Rivers of Steel's 48" Universal Plate Mill with commentary on the restoration work yet to come on this last of its kind steam driven rolling mill. Narration by Rick Rowlands.

Congress Passes Legislation Reauthorizing Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area was reauthorized by the U.S. Senate, extending its legislative authority through 2021. Read the press release.

2014 Volunteers of the Year

Rivers of Steel recently named two outstanding invididuals as Volunteers of the Year!  Learn more about Keith Crouse and Eric Horgos here.

Carrie Blast Furnaces Tours

Tours of the Carrie Furnaces will begin in May and run through October. The site is closed at all other times. Click here for information. 

Machine Shop Photo Book Online at Storehouse

The National Park Service Save America's Treasures Grant to Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area is the beginning of a new phase of support to ensure preservation of the W. A. Young and Sons Machine Shop and Foundry.  Learn more about the project and view the photo book here.

Steel Footprints

This virtual exhibit shows the intense concentration of both large and small mills that once dominated the landscape of southwestern Pennsylvania.  Click here to explore the exhibit.

Trail Parking at the Pump House

Rivers of Steel welcomes cyclists to enjoy bike-amenities such as restrooms in the nearby Water Tower, bike racks, benches and picnic tables. Overnight and daytime parking is available in return for a small daily donation or an annual membership as a Trail Head Friend.  Click here to become a friend of the Trail Head. Regardless of whether you become a friend or donate on a per usage basis, overnight parking requires you to complete a registration form. Questions? Contact trailhead@riversofsteel.com.

Own a Piece of J&L Steel History!

In conjunction with the Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation: A Pittsburgh Icon exhibit, Ken Kobus has generously donated a number of J&L badges and lapel tags to be used as a fundraiser.  Make a $25 donation and get yours today!

The Carrie Deer Project

Explore the creation of this salvage art sculpture.

Tell us your story

We want to hear from you! Share your memories of working in southwestern Pennsylvania’s industries or tell us about life in the region’s industrial communities. Your stories help to preserve the past for future generations.  Click here to read the stories that others have shared.

Search the archives

ArchivesOur collections consist of artifacts, documents, photographs and audio-visual materials that show many aspects of southwestern Pennsylvania's industrial, cultural, and ethnic traditions.

Homestead Labyrinth

Homestead LabyrinthExperience the Homestead Labyrinth from dawn to dusk at the Waterfront. Curious? Take a sneak peek.




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Industry, immigrants, diverse communities, rivers and river valleys, these elements chartered the course for southwestern Pennsylvania’s ascendancy as the steel making capital of the world.

From them flowed an industrial empire that would change the world forever and create the skyscrapers, railroads, and bridges of our modern world. Come visit southwestern Pennsylvania to discover the unique character and distinctive traditions in the birth place of the Age of Big Steel.

Upcoming Events

Stella the Steelworker in the Mon Valley

March 28 at 2:00 PM

3rd Annual Women's History Month Program

Steel City Sampler

March 28 at 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM

A Rust Belt Culinary Tour

JH: Mechanics of a Legend

April 2 at 8:00 PM

The legend of John Henry.


April 18 at 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Blacksmithing demonstrations and more!

Steel City Solidarity

May 1 at 6:30 PM Opening Reception

Exploring Pittsburgh's Labor Culture 

Rivers of Steel Festival

May 17 at 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday, September 20

Highlighting the region's rich ethnic, cultural, and folk traditions!

160-Inch Mill

The Homestead Works 160-Inch Mill was one of the largest plate mills in the U.S.

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Workers Wall

Name Location
Edward Fontanese Duquesne Electric Furnace
Harold Batchen Structural-Homestead Works
Martin Conners J&L Steel South Side
Frank Pukas Homestead Works