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. 

Babushkas and Hard Hats ToursBabushkas and Hard Hats

Explore the magical mix of immigrants and industry that made Pittsburgh the steel-making capital of the world! The tour includes an interactive presentation about the rise and fall of steel in Pittsburgh and what it was like to work in a mill; a guided tour of the awe-inspiring Carrie Blast Furnaces (bring your camera!); a visit to the Historic Pump House, site of the 1892 Battle of Homestead; and a delicious lunch featuring regional favorites such as stuffed cabbage rolls, pierogies and the beloved cookie table. Transportation is provided from Station Square.

Dates (Saturdays):  May 30, June 13, July 25, August 22, and September 19. Tours will begin at 10 AM at Station Square and will end at Station Square at 4 PM.

Cost:  $85 per person

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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 at 10 AM - June, July and August
Saturdays at 10 and 11 AM - May through October

“In 1915, my grandfather began work on a helmet that could protect miners from falling objects. He based it on the doughboy, a helmet he’d worn as a soldier in World War I,” said Edward D. Bullard, CEO and president of the E. D. Bullard Company. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the hard hat, Rivers of Steel is offering a special general admission price of $19.15 on guided tours!

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Reservations for the Carrie Blast Furnaces Tour 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.

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

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

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.  

Select one of the following tours for information:

Guided Tours
  Happy Hour with Carrie
Photo Safaris 
Urban Art Tours

For GPS or online directions to the Carrie Furnaces:
115 West Braddock Avenue
Braddock, PA  15104
(This will get you close enough to the site to follow directional signage) 

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

Gift Certificates

Carrie Blast Furnaces 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.