Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area

Exploring the Legacy of Women and the Outdoors

Rivers of Steel to host Women's History Month Programs on March 13 and 27.

Rust Belt Brunch Cruise

Join author Paul Hertneky aboard the Explorer riverboat for a literary, culinary and heritage event on March 31.

We're Hiring!

Ever consider being a Rivers of Steel Deckhand? We're hiring now! Click here for information.

Student Programs

Engage in unique, interactive learning experiences with Rivers of Steel!  Click here for information.

Carrie Furnaces Tours and More!

Thanks for a great season.  We look forward to seeing you in 2018! 

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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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

51st Anniversary Ukrainian Pysanky Sale

March 25 at 11:00 AM

The biggest Easter Egg sale in town!

How Getting Outside Changed My Life

March 27 at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Join Rivers of Steel for an intimate conversation with women who credit the outdoors with transforming their lives.

Rust Belt Brunch Cruise

March 31 at 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM

A Literary, Culinary & Heritage Event on the Explorer Riverboat with author Paul Hertneky

30th Annual Hammer-In

April 21 at 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Join Rivers of Steel for an amazing, behind-the-scenes historical experience!

River Ecology Adventure at The Point

May 4 at 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

STEM-Based Homeschool Student Day on the Explorer riverboat.

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