Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area

Directions to Carrie Furnaces

The entrance to Carrie Furnaces is located at Carrie Furnace Boulevard, Rankin, PA. This is a new road and may not be recognized by GPS or online mapping program. Click here for turn by turn directions. 

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. 

Carrie Furnaces Tours and More!

The 2016 tour season runs May through October. Visit the tour page for information on guided tours of Carrie Furnaces, Happy Hour Tours, Babushkas and Hard Hats, and more!

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

Hard Hatted Women

August 26 at 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Opening Reception

Trailblazing in the Labor Unions Multimedia Exhibit

Carrie Blast Furnaces Guided Tour

August 26 at 10 AM. Also 10 AM & 11 AM Saturdays, 1 PM Sundays

Festival of Combustion

September 3 at 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Molten metal returns to the Carrie Furnaces!

Happy Hour with Carrie

September 7 at 6:00 PM

The Steeltown Shakedown

September 17 at 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Vintage car cruise featuring music, food, contests, tours of Carrie Furnaces, and more!

Tour de Mon

September 24 at 8:00 AM

Scenic trail ride, food, music and more!

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
Anthony Suchy J&L Southside Works
Ken Bair Carrie Furnace
Michael Highfield Crucible Steel, Midland, Pa
Louis "Goldie" Goldman Duquesne Works