Local tour guides make 125 years of Big Steel come alive on tours. See how the steel industry played a major role in shaping not only the economy but also the culture and environment of the Monongahela Valley communities. 

Carrie Blast Furnace Tours

Group tour in cast houseRivers of Steel National Heritage Area operates tours of the Carrie Blast Furnaces at the former U. S. Steel Homestead Works.  Constructed in 1906, the blast furnaces stood at the heart of U.S. Steel's Homestead Works until 1979.  At one time, the furnaces and the steelworkers who labored in them produced more than 1,000 tons of iron a day. Now, these 92-foot-tall structures stand as sentinels to Pittsburgh's steel heritage.  Tours take visitors through the iron-making process and includes the famous 45' x 35' "Deer Head" crafted entirely of materials found on the site.

The 2014 tour season begins on May 3.  

Tours operate on Saturdays, May through October, and Fridays in June, July and August.  

Tickets are available at  

Reservations for the Carrie Blast Furnace Tours are strongly suggested.  Walk-ups will be accepted based on availability; however, Rivers of Steel reserves the right to cancel and reschedule tours due to low enrollment.  If you have a reservation for a cancelled tour, we will notify you of the cancellation at least 24 hours in advance and give you the option of rescheduling or you may request a refund.  We regret the inconvenience.

Private group tours of the Carrie Furnaces are available Monday through Friday, by appointment only. Contact Stacy Drane for information or call 412-464-4020 ext. 32.  

Click here for DIRECTIONS to the Carrie Furnaces.  

All visitors to the Carrie Furnaces are required to sign a LIABILITY WAIVER.  

Gift Certificates

Carrie Blast Furnace Tours make great gifts!  Visit our webstore to purchase gift certificates for the 2014 season.  

Gift certificates can be redeemed by calling 412-464-4020 ext. 32 or by emailing

Babushkas and Hard Hats with Carrie Furnaces

two smiling women wearing babushkasRivers of Steel is partnering with Lenzner Coach Lines to offer the Babushkas and Hard Hats with Carrie Furnaces one day tour.  This tour traces the experiences of the immigrants that poured into the region, from the heights of Mount Washington into the heart of the Monongahela Valley.  This tour includes The Cookie Table with recipes that represent Pittsburgh's best ethnic food traditions and a delicious lunch by Dorothy 6.  

2014 tour dates  
July 12, August 9, September 6, and October 11 

To purchase tickets, click here.  Online price:  $75.66 


160-inch Mill

160-Inch Mill
The Homestead Works 160-inch Mill was one of the largest plate mills in the U.S.