Local tour guides make 125 years of Big Steel come alive on tours. See how the steel industry played a major role in shaping not only the economy but also the culture and environment of the Monongahela Valley communities. 

Carrie Blast Furnace Tours

Group tour in deer head plazaRivers of Steel National Heritage Area operates tours of the Carrie Blast Furnaces at the former U. S. Steel Homestead Works. Tours take visitors through the iron-making process and include the famous 40' "Deer Head" crafted entirely of materials found on the site.

Carrie Blast Furnace Tours are offered May - October. The site is closed at all other times. Please check back for the 2016 schedule.

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

Select one of the following tours for information:

Guided Tours
  Happy Hour with Carrie
Photo Safaris 
Urban Art Tours

For GPS or online directions to the Carrie Furnaces:
115 West Braddock Avenue, Braddock, PA  15104
(This will get you close enough to the site to follow directional signage) 

All visitors to the Carrie Furnaces are required to sign a LIABILITY WAIVER.  

Babushkas and Hard Hats ToursBabushkas and Hard Hats

Explore the magical mix of immigrants and industry that made Pittsburgh the steel-making capital of the world! The tour includes an interactive presentation about the rise and fall of steel in Pittsburgh and what it was like to work in a mill; a guided tour of the awe-inspiring Carrie Blast Furnaces (bring your camera!); a visit to the Historic Pump House, site of the 1892 Battle of Homestead; and a delicious lunch featuring regional favorites such as stuffed cabbage rolls, pierogies and the beloved cookie table.  

Babushkas and Hard Hats Tours are offered May - October.  Please check back for the 2016 schedule.


160-inch Mill

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