Documents and Reports

National Historic Landmark Nomination for the Pump House and Water Tower, Pinkerton Landing, Pemicky Bridge, Bost Building, workers' housing on Harrison and Grant Streets, Carnegie Library, and Kennedy Park (10 MB)
This report details the physical attributes of each of the structures or locations and their relationship to events surrounding the Homestead Steel Lockout and Strike of 1892. The report also provides historical context by detailing the history of unionism at the Homestead Works, including the role of the strikes of 1882 and 1889 in laying the groundwork for the events of 1892. Other features of the nomination include a detailed account of the Battle of Homestead on July 6, 1892 and the events in its aftermath, an extensive bibliography, and Geographical information abou the various sites included in the nomination. (189 pgs.)

National Historic Landmark Nomination for the Bost Building (277 KB)
This document details the physical attributes of the building, including its original layout, which has since been altered (within the guidelines of National Historic Landmark Status) to increase its usefulness as a museum and visitor center. The nomication covers much of the same historical background information found in the Pump House, etc. nomication regarding the Homestead Steel Strike and unionism in the Monongahela Valley. (46 pgs.)

National Historic Landmark Nomination for Carrie Furnaces Number 6 and 7 (15.9 MB)
The nomination gives a detailed description of the existing structures at the Carrie Furnace site, their individual functions as part of the iron making process, and their current condition. Also included are maps showing the location of the furnaces and numerous photocopies of photographs of the site and an extensive bibliography.

Along with Furnaces 1 through 5, which have since been destroyed, Carrie Furnaces 6 and 7 were the source of iron for the Homestead Works located across the river, which was one of the largest producers of steel in the world. Carrie Furnaces numbers 6 and 7 are historically significant because they are a rare example of turn-of-the-2oth-century blast furnace technology, one not duplicated elsewhere in the country. The last substantial changes to the furnaces took place in 1936-37 when the size of the furnaces hearth were increased; United States Steel later chose to modernize other furnaces at the plant and left 6 and 7 largely unchanged. This decision meant that iron production in 1979 (when the plant ceased production) was largely unchanged from 1906 when the furnaces were first built. For example, workers had to bring the Hot Stoves on and off line using a system of chains and pulleys, rather than by computer elsewhere in the plant. (134 pgs.)

Stoking the Fire in the Carrie Furnaces - Development of the Homestead Works National Park Incorporating the Carrie Furnaces (17.6 MB)
Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area enlisted the assistance of Leadership Development Initiative XV ("LDI") and created an opportunity for six (6) LDI participants to conduct a Community Impact Project. The team members reviewed the plans for the proposed National Park Site, including the use, remediation, and rehabilitation of the Carrie Furnaces. Research was then conducted to identify strategies used by other successful Brownfield developments to attract tourists, to connect to surrounding communities, and to retain the historic personality and significance of the site. (48 pgs.)

Management Action Plan for Steel Industry Heritage Corporation, home of the Rivers of Steel Heritage Area
The Action Plan describes the mission of a Heritage Area in general terms, as well as Rivers of Steel specifically. It also details the history of and resources in the region, and SIHC's long range plans for the Heritage Area. The Action Plan draws on the Historic Site Survey of Greater Monongahela Valley and the various National Historic Landmark Nominations and distills their findings into a series of goals. (64 pgs.)

A Management Action Plan for the Fueling a Revolution and Mountains of Fire Journey Areas (Part 1) (7.4 MB)
This Management Plan proposes goals, strategies and action steps for conserving, promoting and interpreting Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area heritage resources in the Moutains of Fire and Fueling a Revolution Journey Areas.

A Management Action Plan for the Fueling a Revolution and Mountains of Fire Journey Areas (Part 2) (4.6 MB)
This Management Plan proposes goals, strategies and action steps for conserving, promoting and interpreting Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area heritage resources in the Moutains of Fire and Fueling a Revolution Journey Areas.

An Action Plan for the Thunder of Protest Journey
October 200l (3 MB)

Mosaic of Industry Action Plan
December 200l (7.7 MB)

Butler County Steel Heritage Plan (7.1 MB)
This plan presents the results of a combined Feasibility Study and Concept Plan designed to explore both the need and the opportunity to incorporate Butler County, Pennsylvania into the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area.

The Ten Year Report (10 MB)
Created in 1996, Rivers of Steel has overseen more than 295 projects that fulfill the National Heritage Area's mission to ensure that the region's remarkable industrial heritage and the living legacy of the people of southwestern Pennsylvania endure for generations, and contribute to the region's economic revitalization. The Ten Year Report highlights Rivers of Steel's achievements.

Annual Report 2007

Homestead and its Perilous Trades [from McClure's Magazine, June, 1894] (1.8 MB)
This is a period description of the town of Homestead and the neighboring mill. Includes several drawings of both the streets of Homestead and interiors of the mill. (10 pgs.)

Carrie Furnace Site Environmental Assessment, Phase I (5.6 MB)
Prepared March 2003

Carrie Furnace Site Environmental Assessment, Phase II (753 KB)
Prepared October 2005

Carrie Furnace Site Environmental Report Appendices (4.7 MB)

Historic Site Survey of Greater Monongahela Valley Part 1 (6.1 MB)

Historic Site Survey of Greater Monongahela Valley Part II (6.7 MB)
Written in 1991, the Historic Site Survey discusses the industrial, economical, and cultural history of the region beginning in 1800, broken down to types of sites (e.g. coal patch towns, steel mills, etc.), individual municipalities, and/or regions within the Heritage Area and includes the production data, maps, and lists of notable sites. The Survey provides an excellent overview of the region. (306 pgs.)

The Saga of Joe Magarac: Steelman (809 KB)
Story of Joe Magarac, the legendary Giant of Steel. The tale of Joe Magarac is much like Paul Bunyon, but with I-beams. (4 pgs.)

Related

The 45-Inch Mill

The 45-Inch Mill
Constructed in 1942 as part of Homestead's World War II expansion, the 45-inch mill was in operation until the early 1980s.