Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area

Give Big Pittsburgh

Tuesday, November 27 is “Giving Tuesday” – across the nation folks are embracing the holiday spirit by donating to their favorite causes. Locally, many organizations, including Rivers of Steel, are participating in Give Big Pittsburgh – a 24-hour local fundraising event.

Through increased heritage tourism efforts, engagement through the arts and investment in our communities, Rivers of Steel's efforts in 2018 have enriched the culture of our region and strengthened the local economy. Your gift today will help provide for more quality experiences in 2019, programs that deepen the understanding of the shared history, heritage and culture of southwestern Pennsylvania. Click here to Give Big today!

Take a look at the video to see our year in review.  


Industrial Tours and More!

Thanks for a great season!  We'll be back in the spring with PGH 101 river tours, Carrie Blast Furnaces tours and more!


Student Programs

Engage in unique, interactive learning experiences with Rivers of Steel!  Click here for information.


Motorcoach Tours

Rivers of Steel Heritage Tours offers complete tour planning for motorcoach groups – day trips and overnight tours – within Western Pennsylvania. See what all the buzz is about!


Shop AmazonSmile and Support Rivers of Steel

Shopping on AmazonSmile is an easy way to support Rivers of Steel! Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Rivers of Steel every time you shop on AmazonSmile.


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.


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

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
Terry Gates Republic Steel
Curtis Salter Homestead Works
Elwood Loreski Homestead
George Emery Superior Drawn Steel Monaca PA