Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area

Artists Selected for Alloy Pittsburgh 2018 Exhibition

Nine regional artists have been selected to participate in Alloy Pittsburgh 2018, a biennial exhibition of temporary, site-based artworks. Read the press release.

Bost Building Closed May 28 

The exhibits and offices at the Bost Building will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day.  

Industrial Tours and More!

Guided tours of the Carrie Blast Furnaces are back by popular demand!  Visit our tour page for information and tickets.   

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!

Rivers of Steel Arts

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

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

Photo Safaris 2018

May 26 at 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

An "open" shooting experience for novice and experienced photographers.

An evening with Tom Gage

June 7 at 7:00 PM

Join us for a discussion on his recent book American Prometheus: Carnegie's Captain Bill Jones.

Urban Art Workshops 2018

June 15 at 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

A unique workshop in aerosol painting at the Carrie Furnaces!

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