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. 

Select one of the following tours for information:

Guided Tours
  Photo Safaris and Workshops  
Urban Art Workshops


The entrance to Carrie Furnaces is located at Carrie Furnace Boulevard, Rankin, PA 15104. Please 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.  

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.  

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 docent-led tour of Clayton, the historic home of the Henry Clay Frick family. Lunch and shuttle transportation is included.

Babushkas and Hard Hats Tour is available only for private groups of 15 or more. Please contact or call412-464-4020 ext. 46 for information.  



160-inch Mill

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