Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area

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.  The passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, which contained language reauthorizing Rivers of Steel and several other National Heritage Areas (NHAs), was critical to the continued work of Rivers of Steel in southwestern Pennsylvania.  Senator Bob Casey, whose legislation to reauthorize Rivers of Steel in the package, spearheaded the effort.  The U.S. House of Representative passed similar legislation last week, and the bill now goes to President Obama for his signature.  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.

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 Monday, January 19 and Monday, February 16, 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.

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.

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Upcoming Events

Thrust Excavation

January 9 at 11 AM, Tues.- Sun.

Pop-Up Exhibition Featuring Chris McGinnis at Westmoreland @rt 30

Winter classes at Wash Arts

January 19 at various times through March 3

Art classes for children and adults.

Steel City Sampler:

January 31 at 10 AM to 2 PM

A Rust Belt Culinary Tour


February 20 at 6:00 PM

Fast-paced fun at this "Night at the Races" event!

49th Ukrainian Pysanky Sale

March 29 at 11:00 AM

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
John Fleming Homestead
Regis Harkins Carrie Furnace
William Greenaway Firth Sterling, McKeesport
Michael Greenaway National Tube, McKeesport, PA