Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area

Save the Deer Event

Save the date, Saturday, August 16, 2014, for a special Save the Deer event at the Carrie Furnaces.  Click here for information.  

Carrie Blast Furnace Tours

Tours of the Carrie Blast Furnaces will run on Saturdays, May through October, and Fridays during June, July and August. Click here for information or visit ShowClix for tickets.

Call for Vendors, Performers, Traditional Art Demonstrators, and Community Organizations

Rivers of Steel Sunday Heritage Market is looking for vendors, performers, traditional art demonstrators, and community organizations wanting to promote their cause to participate for the 2014 season. An important part of Rivers of Steel's mission is to celebrate the heritage and the wonderful communities of the region. Our Sunday Market is a fantastic outlet to do just that. This year we would like to highlight traditional arts and community activities by offering entertainment, demonstrations, and/or activities each week. If you would be interested in participating please contact Christy at marketlady@riversofsteel.com. Interested parties, artists, and organizations will be reviewed prior to acceptance for participation.

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

Voices of Carrie Furnaces

July 26 at 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM

Listen as former steelworkers share their personal anecdotes.

Community Market

July 27 at 10:00 AM

Sundays, May through September

Inequality for All

July 31 at 7:30 PM

Banking The Fire

August 1 at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

A Steel Mill Artwork Exhibition

Photo Safari

August 2 at various times

Calling all shutterbugs!  

Save the Carrie Deer!

August 16 at 6:00 PM

Save the date and spend the evening at the Carrie Furnaces!

Urban Art Tour and Graffiti Workshop

August 16 at 11:00 AM

Create your own graffiti!

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