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Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area

623 E 8th Ave, Homestead, PA 15120-1985
+1 412-464-4020
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This was a EXCELLENT tour and an integral part of Pittsburgh history and early American labor... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
chuck k
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Madison, Wisconsin
Closed Museum despite preplanning

The site was closed on the Friday we visited even though, we pre-planned and were told its open... read more

Reviewed 11 May 2018
63johnny
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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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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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623 E 8th Ave, Homestead, PA 15120-1985
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+1 412-464-4020
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This was a EXCELLENT tour and an integral part of Pittsburgh history and early American labor history. The site is part of an old blast furnace built around 1900. Between getting so close up to a huge mill, the guides were most informative and really...More

Thank chuck k
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Reviewed May 11, 2018

The site was closed on the Friday we visited even though, we pre-planned and were told its open M-F. it was a disappointment and we were hoping it would unravel the Steel Story. Maybe we'll return in the future

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Reviewed October 3, 2017

I attended a fundraising event at The Pump House. It is a small building with unique brick architecture. The pumping machinery in the lower area can be seen from above. Somewhere I have read somewhere that 150 people is the maximum amount of people that...More

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Reviewed July 21, 2017

We had a fantastic tour of the Carrie Furnace site. There were 7 of us including two 12 years olds, two teens, two adults plus my 86 year old Mom. Eric was our tour guide and I recommend you ask for him. He was amazing...More

Thank Kim T
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Reviewed July 20, 2017

My 19 year old son and I where looking for something to do in Pittsburgh before a Pirates game. We saw this tour had a high rating so we thought, why not. We both like historical areas and "how things are made". We really did...More

1  Thank dhindersmann
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Reviewed July 10, 2017 via mobile

The Carrie blast furnace site is an important industrial historical site for the steel industry. Was the site of industrial labor battles and was one of the original Andrew Carnegie steel industry sites. There's nothing clean or polished about this tour; it's the actual closed...More

1  Thank jeffatbastrop
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Reviewed July 3, 2017

This is a rigorous tour of the remains of the abandoned Carrie Blast Furnaces in Rankin PA across the river from the site of the old Homestead Works. Tours are weekends only. Make advance reservations. Try not to go in the rain. It is mostly...More

1  Thank WeLoveDisneyland
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Reviewed May 28, 2017 via mobile

The site of the Carrie Blast Furnace tour is hard to find. Plus the tour is offered a just a few times over the weekend. You need to order tickets in advance on the website. History buffs will find it really interesting. Photo opps are...More

1  Thank MurphyChickOTR
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Reviewed September 25, 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...More

2  Thank MNMamaChristie
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Reviewed September 3, 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 ....More

1  Thank karen b
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Vacaprn
December 14, 2016|
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Response from RiversofSteelStaff | Property representative |
Hello, the public tours of the Carrie Furnaces are offered from May through October.
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