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 big steel industry in the 1970s and 1980s, these are the only non-operative blast furnaces in the region that remain. Today, visitors can experience this landmark site through a variety of tours, workshops, exhibitions, and events. Choose your next adventure at the Carrie Blast Furnaces.
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!
For the creative and the curious, Rivers of Steel’s workshops foster fresh perspectives, build new skills, and invite participants to personally connect this unique part of Pittsburgh’s history. From interactive graffiti art and metal casting workshops to photo safaris and blacksmithing programs, these single and multi-visit sessions are open to everyone. No prior experience required!
Schedule of Events
In addition to guided tours and workshops, Rivers of Steel offers a number of festivals, special events, and exhibitions. See what’s on the agenda for your next visit!
Rivers of Steel offers a variety of ways for groups to experience our attractions—and locations throughout the eight-county Rivers of Steel 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 address of the site is 801 Carrie Furnace Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15218.