Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area

Holiday Closure

Rivers of Steel's exhibition and offices will be closed on Monday, September 1, 2014 in observance of Labor Day.

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.

Save the Carrie Deer Kickstarter Campaign

The Carrie Deer has endured 16 years of massive changes at the Carrie Furnaces. For it to survive, it must be restored and maintained. Click here to pledge your support. 

Carrie Blast Furnace Tours

Tours of the Carrie Blast Furnaces run on Saturdays, May through October, and Fridays during June, July and August. The site is closed at all other times. Click here for information or visit ShowClix for tickets.

2014 Mini-Grant Application Form

Information about the 2014 Mini-Grant Program is now available. Click here to download a copy of the application form and instructions. Completed applications must be submitted no later than September 22, 2014.

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

Carrie Blast Furnaces Guided Tour

August 29 at various times through October

Our captivating guides lead you through the iron-making process.

Community Market

August 31 at 10:00 AM

National Road Frontier Dinner

September 5 at 6:00 PM

Back to School Blast

September 6 at 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

An outdoor event for all ages at the Carrie Furnaces!

Photo Safari

September 13 at 1:30 PM

Urban Art Tour and Graffiti Workshop

September 20 at 11:00 AM

Voices of Carrie Furnaces

September 27 at 9:00 AM

Listen as former steelworkers share their personal anecdotes.

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
Anthony Zacchero USS Homestead
Eugene Fenner Carrie Furances
George Emery Superior Drawn Steel Co., Monaca
Leo J Sell South Side