Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area

2014 Master Artists and Tradition Bearers Awards

Rivers of Steel is launching an annual recognition of Master Artists and Tradition Bearers in southwestern Pennsyvania. Learn about our 2014 awardees here.  

Casting the Iron Garden

Thanks to all who came to the Casting the Iron Garden event on October 25! Listen to the Tube City Online interview with Ron Baraff, Joanne Van Linden, and Josh Reiman here

Save the Carrie Deer Kickstarter Campaign Funded

YOU SAVED the CARRIE DEER! Thank to everyone for their support and pledges that have now made the restoration of this amazing sculpture possible! Stay tuned for updates as the work begins!

Carrie Blast Furnace Tours

Thanks for a great season! Tours of the Carrie Furnaces will commence in May 2015 and run through October. The site is closed at all other times. Click here for information. 

Visitor Center Closures

Rivers of Steel's visitor center will be closed November 25-28 and December 23-31, 2014, and January 1-2, 2015.

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.


We're looking for hard workers who are not afraid of getting their hands dirty or working up a little sweat to help tackle our work list at the Carrie Furnaces!  Click here to see how you can help.

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

Pop-Up Exhibition

November 14 at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Featuring Francis Crisafio and Robert Raczka

Holiday Market

December 6 at 10 AM - 2 PM and December 7 at 10 AM - 2 PM

Two-day event features locally-made, unique ethnic crafts and food.

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
Bill Hayes J and L Aliquippa
John Cumpston 28 inch and 45 inch mill J&L Southside
Dennis Ament 100" Mill
Louis J Weber Duquesne Production Planning and Previously Open Hearth