Within the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area's seven counties there are a multitude of sites and attractions that bring to life this region's role as the steel making capital of the world. Whether you visit the perfectly preserved W. A. Young & Sons Foundry and Machine Shop in Rices Landing or attend a vecherinka dance at the Bulgarian Macedonian Educational & Cultural Center in West Homestead, you'll marvel at the industrial and cultural heritage of the region.

Five Journeys

The five separate journeys pictured below each tell a piece of the region's steel-making story:

Big Steel

Start with the Big Steel Journey to visit the famous mill towns of Homestead, Duquesne, Braddock and Pittsburgh that were the backbone of Andrew Carnegie's steel empire. Explore the Three Rivers route.

Mountains of Fire

Travel into the Mountains of Fire to the town of Connellsville and along the Youghiogheny River. This region sits atop one of the most valuable coal seams in America, the Pittsburgh Seam, and the journey tells the story of this coal and coke capital. Explore the Youghiogheny route.

Fueling a Revolution

Enter Brownsville and the Upper Mon Valley to experience the Fueling a Revolution. Here you'll discover how this critical transportation hub for the coal industry developed to satisfy the appetite of the giant steel mills for fuel. Explore the Monongahela route.

Mosaic of Industry

In New Kensington, Tarentum and Kittanning enjoy a celebration of cultural and industrial diversity when you visit sites of other steel related industries - aluminum, glass - during your journey through the Mosaic of Industry. Explore the Alle–Kiski route.

Thunder of Protest

Travel westward along the Ohio River to the towns of Ambridge and Aliquippa to hear the Thunder of Protest, a story of the labor movement in the steel industry during the 1930s when labor unions struggled to win higher wages, an eight hour work day and better working conditions. Explore the Ohio–Beaver route.

Historical and industrial sites, ethnic shops, churches, artwork and folk artists are all here to help you explore these five amazing journeys.


160-inch Mill

160-Inch Mill
The Homestead Works 160-inch Mill was one of the largest plate mills in the U.S.