Guided Tours

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area is operating guided tours of the Carrie Blast Furnaces.

Constructed in 1906, Carrie Furnaces 6 and 7 stood at the heart of U.S. Steel's Homestead Works until 1979. At one time, the furnaces and the steelworkers who labored in them produced more than 1,000 tons of iron a day. Now these 92-foot-tall structures stand as sentinels to Pittsburgh's steel heritage. 

On this tour, a Rivers of Steel tour guide will lead visitors through the iron-making process, sharing the story of the site's technology, workers, and culture from it's heyday to the post-industrial present.

Allow 2 hours.  Recommended for ages 8+

Guided tours of the Carrie Blast Furnaces are offered:

May through October
     Saturdays at 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM
     Sundays at 1:00 PM

June through August
     Fridays at 10:00 AM

The site is closed at all other times.

Advance      Door*
Child (17 and under) $ 14.00 $ 17.00
Student (18+ with college ID)   $ 17.00 $ 20.00
Senior (62 and above) $ 17.00 $ 20.00
General Admission $ 21.00 $ 25.00


*Tours are limited to 25 participants. We highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance as we can not guarantee tickets will be available for walk ups. 


Private tours for groups of 10 or more and photographic opportunities are available Monday through Friday, by appointment only. Contact Stacy Drane or call 412-464-4020 ext. 32 for information.  

Please note that the Carrie Furnaces are part of a former industrial site. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather as most of the tour is outdoors. Heels and/or open-toed shoes are not permitted. At this time the site is not wheelchair accessible.


The entrance to Carrie Furnaces is located at Carrie Furnace Boulevard, Rankin, PA 15104Please note that this is a new road and may not be recognized by your GPS or online mapping programs; it normally works on Google Maps however.  

Click here for turn by turn directions from Homestead/Duquesne and Edgewood/Swissvale.

If the ROAD CLOSED signs on Carrie Furnace Boulevard are up, please go around them and follow the road through the open gates to the parking lot.  


160-inch Mill

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