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Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area

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Address: 623 E 8th Ave, Homestead, PA 15120-1985
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+1 412-464-4020

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area conserves, interprets and develops...

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area conserves, interprets and develops historical, cultural and recreational resources throughout western Pennsylvania. Destinations include the Carrie Blast Furnaces Nos. 6 and 7, Pinkerton's Landing, the Pump House at the Site of the former United States Steel Homestead Works, The Bost Building, and the W.A. Young Foundry and Machine Shop at Rices Landing. Rivers of Steel offers a variety of tours and events to share the region's evolution from colonial settlement to "Big Steel" to the modern era.

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Historical cool place

We just happened to notice a festival going on at Carrie Furnace so we went to check it out . Paid for the tour of CF and it was awesome ! Look up the rivers of steel site to find... read more

Reviewed 4 September 2016
karen b
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

If you have the chance to visit this site, do it!! We learned a ton from Tour Guide Tom, and had a great time. As visitors from MN, we were proud that the site received materials from our iron range in northern MN (we have watched taconite barges being loaded up and moving out of Lake Superior!) on the Mesabi... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

We just happened to notice a festival going on at Carrie Furnace so we went to check it out . Paid for the tour of CF and it was awesome ! Look up the rivers of steel site to find activities and tours happening . You have to check it out , and bring your camera . The tour guide... More 

1 Thank karen b
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

We were recently in PA near Pittsburgh and wanted to visit Rivers of Steel. I knew that the blast furnace tours are very limited and must be booked in advance, and the Bost Building - which seems to be the heart of this complex from the website - is only open a few hours on M, W, and F. Further... More 

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RiversofSteelStaff, Manager at Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear that you weren't able to visit the Rivers of Steel sites during your recent stay in Pittsburgh. Our Carrie Furnaces public tour times during the summer are Fridays at 10 AM, Saturdays at 10 AM and 11 AM and Sundays at 1 PM. We also offer once-per-month tours on Wednesday evenings, additional events and workshops... More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 August 2016

I highly recommend this tour for anyone interested in learning about the steel city. The tour was amazing.

1 Thank chadchalmers
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Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

My 7 year old nephew and I had the privilege of touring the Carrie Furnace with Tour guide Tom one hot Sunday afternoon in June. It was a hot day, but the tour coordinator Corinne was prepared with cold water and juice boxes to keep us all feeling cool. Kids were also outfitted with hard hats and bandanas to add... More 

1 Thank Ellen B
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 15 July 2016

I recently had to opportunity to visit the Carrie Blast Furnace in Pittsburgh. It was a group outing with work colleagues and it made for a really fun and informative activity. As a Pittsburgh native - it was fascinating to see this part of the city's industrial history. Our tour guide Eric was FANTASTIC. I've led tours for other companies... More 

1 Thank MsWincham
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 9 June 2016

This is a forgotten part of our nation's history. The steel making industry of Pa is so important to the development of our country. The tour starts in historic Bost building that was the headquarters for the Homestead strike in the 1890's. After an orientation, the tour continues across the river to the Carrie Furnace. Our tour was led by... More 

2 Thank carolkParadise
Greenville, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

If you are interested in this aspect of American history this is a must. You cannot really understand the process of making steel and the working conditions of the steelworkers in the last century without visiting a place like this. Tour guides who are former steelworkers are excellent.

2 Thank Phillip K
New Jersey
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2016

The Rivers of Steel Tour of the Carrie Blast Furnace is a must-see if you are in the Pittsburgh area. Jim, a former furnace worker provided us with a very personal, entertaining and informative tour of this amazing piece of history. I promise -- you will be riveted for the entire 2 plus hours of this tour. You will learn... More 

3 Thank RoxanneNewJersey
Marina del Rey, California
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Reviewed 1 May 2016

This a great place to visit if you are in to old PA, and dead steel-mills. Ya, it may sound boring, but it is not. There is a tour guide and it is a real steel-mill. Closed for many years now, the old buildings are still there. The grass has grown up around some of the areas and you get... More 

1 Thank Elizabeth L

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