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!

Once known as the “Hardest Working River in the World,” the Monongahela River was responsible for much of Pittsburgh’s early commercial and industrial success—even centuries before it earned that moniker!

Schedule a time to stop by the Bost Building in Homestead to view the new exhibition of panoramic images from the early 20th century.

Blacksmiths from the tri-state area convene for the Hammer-In Festival in Greene County, a free event at the Machine Shop!

Find out what's happening with Rivers of Steel and our partners—from the latest news releases to what's going on in the Heritage Area.

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.

Join the National Aviary and Rivers of Steel for a birding experience like no other!


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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Rivers of Steel is Hiring

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Join the Team! Looking for a Summer Internship? Interested in being an Event Coordinator? Rivers of Steel is hiring. Event Coordinator, Historic Sites – Rivers of Steel is seeking an…
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Catch Up with Rivers of Steel

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Who was Carrie Clark?

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Collegiate women from the 1880s—Pennsylvania Female College, Class of 1888, Chatham University Chronological Photograph Files, Historic Pittsburgh Archives. The Education of a 19th-Century Factory Owner’s Daughter This story is the…