Fall Festivities With Rivers of Steel

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area
September 2012
Sept. 16 & 30

Rivers of Steel is offering a family-friendly bike tour, appropriate for all abilities, covering the industrial heritage of the Mon Valley.

Your guide will reveal the history and stories of steel towns along the trail - Homestead, Duquesne, McKeesport, and more. Learn about immigration to these early steel towns, 

the decline of the mills, and where we are today.

The tour departs from The Historic Pump House at The Waterfront and covers approximately 12 miles. Expect to ride 2 - 2.5 hours from the pump house to the Riverton Bridge at McKeesport and back.

Special intro rate is $12 per person. For more information, click

 Battle of Homestead Foundation

Events at The   

Historic Pump House 

by Bullfrog Films
A documentary about the split ownership of land when the surface rights belong to one party and the rights beneath the surface belong to another.
7:30 PM (Thurs.) Sept. 27 at The Historic Pump House 


Pump House

Poetry Reading 


"Like A Man Gone Mad" 

presented by  

Sam Hazo,  

Pennsylvania's First Poet Laureate  

and Professor of English Emeritus at Duquesne University and Director of the International Poetry Forum in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Hazo will read selections from his acclaimed body of work  

1:30 PM Sat. Oct. 13    



880 E. Waterfront Drive,

Munhall in

The Waterfront.



  Hot Metal Flows for First Time in 30 Years at Carrie Furnaces Sept. 15, Oct. 13 

For the first time in 30 years, molten iron will be flowing at the National Historic Landmark Carrie Blast Furnaces in Rankin. The site will play host to a Hot Metal Happening iron casting from 9 AM to 1 PM Sept. 15 during the Carrie Furnaces Hard Hat Tours. Sponsored by Rivers of Steel, the event coincides with Grandparents Month festivities with Highmark at the blast furnace site Saturday, hot metal happening including an oral history booth and giveaways. Utilizing the flow of molten metal, artist Ed Parrish will smelt recycled iron scrap and cast it into a variety of shapes in front of visitors to the Carrie Furnace site using a cupola furnace. Iron will be tapped from the furnace and poured into molds. The interactive demonstration will engage and educate visitors about one of the most relevant and historical industrial processes that made Pittsburgh the iron and steel-making capital of the world! Besides the Hot Metal Happening, ticket price includes tours that begin at 9 AM and run every half hour through noon. On the self-paced tour, former steelworkers and docents will be stationed throughout the site to explain the iron-making process and share their personal stories. The iron casting event will also occur Oct. 13 during the last self-paced Carrie Furnaces Hard Hat tour of the 2012 season

For more tour information or to purchase your tickets, click here or call 412.464.4020, ext. 32.
Tour de Mon 2012 Oct. 6

The Mon Yough Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring their 2nd annual cycling fundraiser and community event 8 AM to 2 PM Oct. 6 starting at The Hi
storic Pump House & Water Tower, 880 E. Watefront Drive, Munhall. The event is open to the public and includes a scenic ride along the Steel Valley Trail portion of tsvt-carriehe Great Allegheny Passage. Choice of rides include: 30 mile round trip ride to Boston; 20 mile ride to McKeesport; 10 mile round trip ride to Duquesne and a 5 mile  family fun ride. All participants receive a commemorative medal, a long-sleeve T-shirt and other prizes. Participants and visitors can also enjoy the Rivers of Steel Heritage Market held inside the pump house during the event which includes an array of handcrafts, food and other activities. To register for the event or for more information, click here.  
J&L Exhibit to open just in time for holidays at The Bost Building
An exhibit centering on the Jones and Laughlin Steel Company is scheduled to open
"J&L Steel Mill" by John Shryock, 1974 
in November at The Bost Building, 623 E. 8th Avenue, Homestead, visitor center for Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area. The exhibit will celebrate and explore the history of the steel company, located on the Monongahela River, where the Southside Works entertainment complex is now located. Founded in 1850 as the American Iron Company, it was renamed Jones And Laughlin in 1861 after changes in ownership. By 1904 a second plant bearing the same name was built in Aliquippa. The exhibit will explore the mill company's long history as a Pittsburgh icon. For more information, click here  or call 412.464.4020, ext. 21
In partnership with Lenzner Tour & Travel, Rivers of Steel is offering b&hh guy it's Babushkas & Hard Hat Tour- an historical mix of industry and immigrants! Interactively learn the story of Pittsburgh steel and the immigrants and industrialists that made this country great! Stops include the Carrie Blast Furnaces, The Historic Pump House & Water Tower and much, much more! The full day shuttled & guided tour is only $69 and includes lunch and a treat from the cookie table! For more information, click here.


College and high school students with proper ID (and up to 4 family members) can receive $5 off per person on the Carrie Furnaces Hard Hat Tours - normally $25 per person - until Oct. 27. Sign up now to take a tour of the region's only blast furnace complex open to visitors! To purchase, contact Stacy Drane at 412.464.4020, ext. 32 and mention the E-newsletter coupon.
Offer Expires: Oct. 27, 2012
carrie in distance