Greetings from Rivers of Steel

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area
May 2013

Self-Paced Carrie Blast Furnace Tours
 May 25, June 15, July 6, Aug. 31, Sept. 21, Oct. 5, 2013

carrie from river

Carrie Blast Furnace Guided Tours
10 AM Saturdays
10 AM Fridays

Thank you
to our Donors!
    A special thanks to all of our donors at Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area. Your donations are always appreciated!

Alan Haberstic
Barry Wolf
 Lee Cambria
 Kathleen McCann
Robert Collins
Rebecca Frye
Janice Andrews
H.L. Layman
David Hammaker
Frank Mikula 
Michael Leigh 

Own a piece of J&L Steel History fora  $25 donation!  
Carrie Blast Furnace Tours kick off 2013 Season with Animal Friends and Bluegrass Folk band The Seams on May 25
  The Carrie Blast Furnace Tours in Rankin and Swissvale, PA, are on-deck for the 2013 tourism season with a little help from some four-legged friends! The first self-guided tour kicks off May 25 with nonprofit group Animal Friends and some of The Seamstheir adoptable pets along with the musical stylings of Bluegrass folk band The Seams. A portion of the tour proceeds will go toward the animal shelter organization.

The blast furnace complex, managed by Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area since 2010, used to be part of the US Steel Homestead Works. The pair of furnaces operated from 1907 to 1978 and the site was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006. Soon-to-be featured in the Christian Bale film "Out of the Furnace" and recently featured in Netflix "Hemlock Grove" series, PBS' "Antiques Roadshow", and a Wiz Khalifa music video, the blast furnace site is becoming a popular film/set backdrop in the animal friends region.

Tours include a visit to the Stationary Car Dumper, installed during modernization efforts at Carrie Furnaces 6 and 7 in 1925-26. As the bin filled, its contents were dropped into transfer cars that moved the material to the proper ore yard unloading pit. This car dumper is one of the oldest incarrie engine shop existence in the U.S. and is a contributing resource to the National Historic Landmark.  

The site is open for guided tours 10 AM every Saturday in May through October and 10 AM every Friday June through August. Visitors can also be shuttled to the site Saturdays June through August by Lenzner Coach from downtown Pittsburgh.  Cost of the tour is $25 with discounts for seniors and youth. Proceeds go toward the preservation of the site and related steel heritage projects. For more information click here or call 412-464-4020. 


Tours of Carrie Furnace brings heritage to new generations


Landscape of Steel: Photo exhibit at the Pump House 
Opening 6-8 PM May 31 

You're invited to Landscape of Steel: A Photo Exhibit to be held at the Pump House through mid-summer. This new exhibit of photographs taken by Kevin Scanlon of McCandless,  illustrates the steel

Kevnin Scanlon art
"Blast Furnace Worker"

industrial business as it fits into the modern post-industrial world. The images show the relationship between the steel mills and their surroundings.   Workers give perspective to the enormous scale of the machinery, micro-climates created by exhaust steam transform scenes into dreamscapes and blast

furnaces rise above neighborhoods like steeples of industry.  The show opens from 6 PM to 8 PM on May 31 at the Pump House, located at 880 E. Waterfront Drive, Munhall, PA, and will be available for viewing through mid-July. For more information, call 412-464-4020. 


Pop-Up Party at the Pump House Celebrates Trail Opening June 15                                                                                                   

Join us at the Pump House, 880 E. Waterfront Drive, Munhall, for a party celebrating the opening of the final piece of the Great Allegheny Passage Noon to 10 PM June 15, bikes which will feature the Rivers of Steel Community Heritage Market with local vendors, businesses, food and beer, DJs and bicycle-related events  at The Historic Pump House in The Waterfront. Besides a variety of handcraft vendors, Pittsburgh  food trucks such as Oh My Grill, the Pittsburgh Taco Truck and The Dozen Dessert Truck will also be on hand. Blue Dust will be supplying microbrews from their gastropub in Homestead at the market for purchase and The Waterfront will be sponsoring music as well as hosting events throughout the shopping complex site in celebration of the trail opening.  RIvers of Steel Community Heritage Market will also run 10 AM to 2 PM Sunday June 16. Other market vendors include Robin Londino's Handcrafted Jewelry; Brown Bird Green String, Karen's Kind Beads and the Bulgarian-Macedonian Club. For more information about the Pop-Up Party at the Pump House contact Ron Baraff. To be a vendor at Rivers of Steel Community Heritage Market, contact Christy Baraff

 Rivers of howdie guide Steel National Heritage Area is looking for volunteers for our educational and tourism programs. Whether you have a connection to Pittsburgh's steel industry and/or heritage or just have an interest in steel heritage in general, Rivers of Steel has many volunteer opportunities . We are also looking for additional volunteers who can assist with bus, boat and bike tours, field trips, museums and archival research and special events. For more information, email Angie Morini or call her at 412-464-4020 x31.
  At left: Volunteer Howard Wickerham with a tour group at the Carrie Blast Furnaces.

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Your monetary contribution to the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area supports the projects and programs that preserve Southwestern's Pennsylvania's rich industrial and cultural heritage for future generations.  Please help us preserve our wonderful heritage! 

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