Artistry. Industry. Innovation.

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!

Connect with Pittsburgh’s steel industry heritage on this guided tour of the Carrie Blast Furnaces National Historic Landmark. Tours highlight the site’s iron-making technology, its workers, and their culture.

Experience what workers were exposed to on a daily basis to ensure their safety and promote an accident free environment in the workplace.

Take a guided tour of the W.A. Young & Sons Foundry and Machine Shop—a National Historic Landmark in Rices Landing, Greene County!

Inspired by the legacy of iron-making at the Carrie Blast Furnaces, Rivers of Steel’s Metal Arts program offers educational workshops, public demonstrations, and team-building experiences highlighting foundry work.

Digging into the history of southwestern Pennsylvania and sharing themed itineraries filled with museums, attractions, collections, and sites, Rivers of Steel crafted a series of articles that offer innumerable ways to explore the Heritage Area.

Read the latest updates on Rivers of Steel and activities with our partners in the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area.


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.

A couple shops at a crowded festival.

Rivers of Steel is Seeking Festival of Combustion Marketplace Vendors

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The Maker Marketplace at the Festival of Combustion Be Part of the Festival of Combustion Rivers of Steel is seeking vendors for its Maker Marketplace during the 2024 Festival 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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Community Spotlight—West Overton’s New Heritage Center

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Patrons gather with Sam Komlenic, right, whose donated collection contributed to West Overton's new Pennsylvania Whiskey Heritage Center. Photo by Savannah Butler. Community Spotlight—West Overton's James B. Beam Pennsylvania Whiskey…