Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area

Danny Boy at the Carrie Furnaces

The Lakeland Regional High School Choir recently toured the Carrie Furnaces and delighted us with an imprompt performance of Danny Boy. They also had a special birthday surprise for one of our tour guides! Enjoy the video here.

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.

Carrie Blast Furnace Tours

The 2014 tour season kicks off on May 3.  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.

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


April 19 at 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Day-long hammer-in and auction at W. A. Young and Sons Machine Shop.

Dead Man’s Hollow Public Meeting

April 23 at 6:30 PM

It's time to bring Dead Man's Hollow back to life!

Steel Valley Bicycle Tour

April 26 at 8:00 AM

Furnace Bash

May 3 at 5:00 PM

Premier beer, food, music and art festival at the Carrie Furnaces!

Folk Festival Reunion Party

May 10 at 8:00 PM

Urban Art Tour and Workshop

May 17 at 11:00 AM

Carrie Furnaces Photo Safari

May 31 at 7:00 PM

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
Regis Harkins Sr Carrie Furnace
Chad Cramer Edgar Thomson
John Cumpston 160" Mill
William Mcklveen Carrie