Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area

Blue Star Museums

Rivers of Steel announces the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2015.

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. 

Shop AmazonSmile and Support Rivers of Steel

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.

Trail Parking at the Pump House

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.

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.

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

Happy Hour with Carrie

September 2 at 6:00 PM

Festival of Combustion

September 5 at 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Molten metal returns to the Carrie Furnaces!

Carrie Blast Furnaces Guided Tour

September 5 at 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM; every Saturday through October

The Hard Hat Ball

September 18 at 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Rivers of Steel fundraiser featuring live music, food, and art!

Rivers of Steel Festival

September 20 at 10 AM to 4 PM

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
Joseph Berry Firth Sterling,McKeesport
Frank Lesko Duquesne works
Joe Balls Homestead Works
Robert Bell J&L/LTV Steel--Aliquippa Works