Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the second season of public programs on the Explorer riverboat. Read the press release here.

Holiday Closure

Rivers of Steel's offices and exhibits will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.

Homestead First Fridays

Rivers of Steel partners with community stakeholders to launch Homestead First Fridays. Read the press release here.

Carrie Furnaces Featured on the Today Show!

How cool is this? The Carrie Furnaces were recently featured on the Today Show. Check out the video here.

Industrial Tours and More!

Tickets are now available for PGH 101: Intro to Innovation Tours, Carrie Furnaces Industrial 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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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

Twilight Soiree Riverboat Cruise

May 24 at 7:00 PM. Also June 21 and July 5 at 7:00 PM.

Science Saturdays for Families

June 8 at 10:00 AM. Also July 13 and August 10 at 10:00 AM.

Embark on a Science Saturday excursion on our 94-foot green riverboat classroom! 

Carrie Furnaces’ Iron Garden: Re-imagining the Industrial Landscape

June 28 at 7:30 to 9:00 PM

Join Rivers of Steel for a special presentation led by renowned landscape design consultant, author, lecturer and photographer Rick Darke

Iron Garden Tour with Rick Darke

June 29 at 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM

Join Rivers of Steel for a special tour of the Carrie Furnaces' Iron Garden led by renowned landscape design consultant, author, lecturer and photographer Rick Darke.

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