Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area

Mini-Grant Applications Now Available

The Rivers of Steel Mini-Grant Program funds projects that sustain River of Steel's sense of place. Applications are due by 3:00 PM on November 18.  

Carrie Furnaces Tours and More!

The 2016 tour season is coming to a close on Sunday, October 30. Visit the tour page to get tickets for the last tours of the season! Tours will resume in May, 2017.

Two New Exhibits at The Bost Building

Hard Hatted Women: Trailblazing in the Labor Unions and Carrie Furnaces Through the Lens will open on Friday, August 26 with an opening reception at 6:00 PM. 

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!

Introducing Rivers of Steel Arts

The new arts and culture wing of Rivers of Steel has been a long time in the making. Read more about this exciting new endeavor.

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.

The Carrie Deer Project

Explore the creation of this salvage art sculpture.

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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Explore Southwestern PA

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

The Glory Years, Mount Pleasant: 1896-1965

September 22 at 5:00 PM reception; exhibit runs through November


October 27 at 7:30 PM

The Magic Boots

October 29 at 3:00 PM

Presented by the Kyiv Ukrainian Dance Ensemble

Carrie Blast Furnaces Guided Tour

October 29 at 10 AM and 11 AM Saturdays, also 1 PM Sundays through October

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
Karl Gaber J & L / LTV Southside Works
William Greenaway National Tube, McKeesport, PA
George Golock Carrie Furnace
George Golock Rankin