Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area

Rivers of Steel to Acquire RiverQuest

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area announced that they have reached a final agreement with the board of RiverQuest for the acquisition of that organization and its assets. Read the press release here.

Site Coordinators and Tour Guides Needed for 2016 Tour Season

Rivers of Steel is accepting resumes for part-time Historic Site Coordinators and Tour Guides for the upcoming tour season (May through October). Click here for information.

Thank You for a Successful Tour Season!

The Carrie Furnaces are CLOSED for the season, however, groups of 10 or more interested in setting up a private tour or photographic opportunity can contact sdrane@riversofsteel.com for availability. Guided tours will resume in May.    

New Exhibit Hours at the Bost Building

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday - 10 AM to 2 PM (closed on holidays); other times by appointment by calling 412-464-4020 ext. 46. Please note that our offices and exhibits will be closed on Monday, February 15 in observance of Presidents' Day. 

Pump House Parking Lot Closure

The parking lot and restrooms at the Pump House are closed for the winter while we work on some major improvements in the area.   

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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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

Ukrainian Easter Egg Workshop

March 12 at 12:00 PM

Learn the beautiful art of the Pysanka.

Ukrainian Pysanky Sale

March 20 at 11:00 AM

The biggest Easter Egg sale in town!

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
Tony Kambic Homestead Works Forge/Transportation
Ray Kleppick Sr. J & L /LTV Hazelwood.
Douglas Cook National Works, McKeesport
James Cook National Works, McKeesport