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Rivers of Steel showcases the artistry and innovation of southwestern Pennsylvania’s industrial and cultural heritage by fostering dynamic initiatives and transformative experiences.

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Things to Do

Tours, workshops, special events—there is always something fresh to do with Rivers of Steel!

Try your hand at one of Rivers of Steel's most in-demand programs—The Doodle Bowl Experience!

While iron production may have stopped at the Carrie Blast Furnaces in 1982, the era of Carrie as an artistic muse was just beginning.

Connect with Pittsburgh’s steel industry heritage on this guided tour of the this National Historic Landmark.

Step back in time to the early 1900s and discover the artistry of handcrafted manufacturing.

Explore the metal casting process at the Carrie Blast Furnaces!

Hop on board the Explorer riverboat for the Uniquely Pittsburgh Sightseeing Tour—a 90-minute excursion on Pittsburgh’s three rivers!

Join Rivers of Steel for a special tour in celebration of RADical Days—The Black Experience at the Carrie Furnaces!

Explore the mystique of the Carrie Blast Furnaces. The awe it inspires and power it exudes it the inspiration for the latest exhibition at the Bost Building.

Located in multiple venues throughout Homestead’s Eighth Avenue business district—and at street-side pop-ups along the way—Homestead Live Fridays features local performers, art exhibitions, and activities.


Visit, learn, and experience all five of the Rivers of Steel attractions that showcase the artistry and innovation of our region’s rich heritage.

Docked on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, an excursion on Explorer offers unparalleled opportunities to experience the beauty and history of Pittsburgh from its majestic rivers.

Site of the 1892 Battle of Homestead and a key part of the U.S. Steel Homestead Steel Works

This time capsule of America’s industrial heritage embodies the “can-do” spirit of early 20th-century craftsmen.

A vestige of Pittsburgh’s 20th-century domination of the steel industry

The Bost Building serves as the Visitors’ Center for the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area and offers exhibits on the region’s industrial and cultural heritage.

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Festival of Combustion Returns to the Carrie Blast Furnaces

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The Festival of Combustion Returns to the Carrie Blast Furnaces After a two-year hiatus, the event expands with more activities, demonstrations, and thrills!   Homestead, PA (August 30, 2022)—Rivers of…
A yellow sunset softly illuminates the stack and stoves of the Carrie Furnaces with an Ore Bridge spanning the foreground of the image.

Catch Up with Rivers of Steel

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Rivers of Steel Recent Newsletters You can stay up to date with all the fresh news and stories from Rivers of Steel when you sign up for our biweekly newsletter. …
A four-story red brick barrel house which has "West Overton Distilling Co." and "Old Farm Rye" painted on it.

Community Spotlight—West Overton Village and Museums

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The West Overton Distilling Company, part of the West Overton Village and Museums Community Spotlight—West Overton Village and Museums The Community Spotlight series features the efforts Rivers of Steel's partner…