Local tour guides make 125 years of Big Steel come alive on tours. See how the steel industry played a major role in shaping not only the economy but also the culture and environment of the Monongahela Valley communities. 

Carrie Blast Furnace Tours

Group tour in cast houseRivers of Steel National Heritage Area operates tours of the Carrie Blast Furnaces at the former U. S. Steel Homestead Works. Tours take visitors through the iron-making process and include the famous 45' x 35' "Deer Head" crafted entirely of materials found on the site.  

Fridays - June, July and August
Saturdays - May through October

Select one of the following tours for information:

Guided Tours
Photo Safaris 
Urban Art Tours

Reservations for the Carrie Blast Furnace Tours are strongly suggested. Walk-ups will be accepted based on availability; however, Rivers of Steel reserves the right to cancel and reschedule tours due to low enrollment. If you have a reservation for a cancelled tour, we will notify you of the cancellation at least 24 hours in advance and give you the option of rescheduling or you may request a refund. We regret the inconvenience.

Participants should dress appropriately for the weather as most of the tour is outdoors. Heels and/or open-toed shoes are not permitted.

Please note that the Carrie Furnaces are part of a former industrial site. At this time the site is not wheelchair accessible.

Tickets for 2015 tours will be available mid-March.   

Private group tours and photographic opportunities are available Monday through Friday, by appointment only. Contact Stacy Drane or call 412-464-4020 ext. 32 for information.  

Click here for DIRECTIONS to the Carrie Furnaces.  

All visitors to the Carrie Furnaces are required to sign a LIABILITY WAIVER.  

Gift Certificates

Carrie Blast Furnace Tours make great gifts!  Visit our webstore to purchase gift certificates for the 2015 season.  

Gift certificates can be redeemed by calling 412-464-4020 ext. 32 or by emailing


160-inch Mill

160-Inch Mill
The Homestead Works 160-inch Mill was one of the largest plate mills in the U.S.