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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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Great industrial history tour

The Carrie blast furnace site is an important industrial historical site for the steel industry... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bastrop, Texas
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Beyond interesting history of US Steel Production

This is a rigorous tour of the remains of the abandoned Carrie Blast Furnaces in Rankin PA across... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Forked River NJ
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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
+1 412-464-4020
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 28 May 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
Reviewed 25 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...More

2  Thank MNMamaChristie
Reviewed 3 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 ....More

1  Thank karen b
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...More

Thank Marguerite S
RiversofSteelStaff, Manager at Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2016

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...More

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
Reviewed 3 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...More

1  Thank Ellen B
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...More

1  Thank MsWincham
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,...More

2  Thank carolkParadise
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14 December 2016|
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Response from RiversofSteelStaff | Property representative |
Hello, the public tours of the Carrie Furnaces are offered from May through October.
Karen H
9 June 2016|
Response from Elizabeth L | Reviewed this property |
Give them a call. When I was there, it was only open on the weekends.