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.

Join Rivers of Steel for a Whiskey Rebellion day trip, exploring heritage sites and whiskey distilleries in Allegheny and Washington Counties.

Join Rivers of Steel this special tour of the Carrie Blast Furnaces that connects the landmark with the legacy of the Great Migration. Sign up for The Black Experience at the Carrie Furnaces.

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.

Rivers of Steel Awards Eleven Mini Grants

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Rivers of Steel Awards Eleven Mini Grants Funding for local nonprofits provides $60,000 for heritage tourism, community development, and placemaking initiatives   Homestead, PA (April 17, 2024)—Rivers of Steel recently…
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. …
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The Historic Preservation of the 48-Inch Universal Plate Mill

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The 48-inch Universal Plate Mill as it appeared in the fall of 2022, immediately prior to recent preservation efforts. The Historic Preservation of the 48-Inch Universal Plate Mill After spending…