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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!

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

A preservations story, thirty-five years in the making!


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 blacksmith works a piece a a crowd looks on at the Festival of Combustion.

Rivers of Steel Announces Folk Arts Apprenticeship Grants

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Rivers of Steel Announces Folk Arts Grant Opportunity Call for applications for the 2023 – 2024 Folk & Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts  …
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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Top Five Industrial Transportation Stories

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A CSX train approaches Station Square, August 2020. Top Five Industrial Transportation Stories Created over eons, as water carved away layers of the Allegheny Plateau, southwestern Pennsylvania’s hilly topography set…