A remnant of the once massive, legendary U.S. Steel Homestead Steel Works, the Carrie Blast Furnaces are a vestige of Pittsburgh’s 20th-century domination of the steel industry.
Carrie Blast Furnaces National Historic Landmark
Carrie Blast Furnaces
Towering 92 feet over the Monongahela River, constructed of 2.5″ thick steel plate and lined with refractory brick, Carrie Furnaces #6 and #7 are extremely rare examples of pre-World War II iron-making technology. Since the collapse of the region’s steel industry in the 1970s and 1980s, these are the only non-operative blast furnaces in the region that remain.
2020 Tours Now Available! Connect with Pittsburgh’s steel industry heritage on this guided tour of the Carrie Blast Furnaces National Historic Landmark. The Industrial Tour highlights the site’s iron-making technology, its workers, and their culture.
Arts & Grounds Tour
Take an insider’s tour of the Carrie Blast Furnaces. Discover for yourself how this post-industrial site has become a creative muse for so many…and meet the famous deer sculpture that set it in motion!
Iron Garden Walk
Explore how nature has reclaimed a post-industrial landscape on a botanist-led tour of the wild gardens and grounds on the Carrie Blast Furnaces site.
Events & Workshops
In addition to guided tours, Rivers of Steel offers a number of festivals, special events and workshops. From interactive aerosol art and metal casting workshops to photo safaris and hands-on programs, families and urban explorers alike will discover unique ways to personally connect this unique part of Pittsburgh’s history.
Rivers of Steel offers a variety of ways for groups to experience our attractions – and locations throughout the eight-county National Heritage Area.
See our group tours page for more information on how to incorporate your specific interests and customize your group’s visit.
Meetings & Events
In recent years, Carrie has become an in-demand location for weddings and celebrations due to historic charm and authenticity, as well as its modest rental rates.
Location & Directions
The Carrie Blast Furnaces are located in Swissvale and Rankin, PA in the Monongahela River Valley. The entrance to the Carrie Furnaces is located at Carrie Furnace Boulevard, Rankin, PA 15104.
Please note that this is a new road and may not be recognized by your GPS or online mapping programs.