The Homestead Works is located in the heart of the Monongahela River valley where steel making dominated the landscape for 125 years. Built in 1879 the Homestead mill site would eventually stretch three miles along the Monongahela River and cover more than 400 acres. It was a center for innovation in the steel industry and the site for the nation's first basic open hearth furnaces and slabbing mills. Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area is working to preserve this site's rich industrial heritage and its priceless artifacts for generations to come through the creation of the Homestead Works National Park.
Rivers of Steel is spearheading a drive to create a national park on 38 acres of the original mill site that that would include the Carrie Furnaces, the Pump House, and Water Tower. Bills have been introduced before the U S Congress to make this urban National Park a reality.
Plans for the National Park include a series of walkways to be built around the Carrie Furnaces giving visitors the opportunity to walk in and around the furnaces that tower 92 feet above ground. The Pump House will tell the story of the 1892 Battle of Homestead that was waged between strikers and Pinkerton guards. Nearby, the Bost Building, which played a historic role in the strike, will house an exhibit on the union movement.
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