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- October 25, 2-7 PM at the Carrie Furnaces

Hot molten iron flows at the Carrie Furnaces for   CASTING the IRON GARDEN!


This very special collaboration of Rivers of Steel with Carbon Arts and local Pittsburgh artisans is an opportunity to see first-hand the process of casting molten iron as notable elements of Rivers of Steel initiatives are created at the Carrie Furnaces site. Take a look at what's involved in these artisan castings at the Carbon Arts Facebook page.

This collaborative iron pour gives you an up-close look at the process and skills of casting molten iron, the basic process employed at Carrie Furnaces to daily produce 1,250 tons of pig iron for use in the steel that built the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Chrysler Building and the lock gates of the Panama Canal.


Historical and Wild Garden Tours of the site along with other activities are planned for this unique event




Photo courtesy of Ron Baraff


In collaboration with the Penn State Master Gardener Program of Allegheny County, interpretive plaques will be cast for installation along the Iron Garden Walk. The Master Gardener Program provides interested individuals with extensive training in many phases of gardening. In return, participants dedicate volunteer time to teaching horticultural information based on university recommendation and research. Designed by the Master Gardener Iron Garden Walk project, the plaques include botanical illustrations of local plants and will provide narratives of important facts on native species along the Carrie Furnaces nature walk.





These stunning SAVE the CARRIE DEER Kickstarter Campaign rewards will also be poured during the event. The successful restoration funding of the Carrie Deer provides a wonderful onsite opportunity for creating these beautiful and complex iron antlers. Each casting's base is stamped with the words: Carrie FurnacesRankin, PA.


We also will be welcoming the Backers of the Casting the Iron Garden and Iron Antler Kickstarter reward levels who will be our special guests for the iron pour event.





New-Carrie Furnaces Iron Pigs


NEW for the Rivers of Steel Gift Shop -          Our new Iron Pigs will be cast from these wax positives (left) during the event. 


A bit of play on words...pig iron is the intermediate product of smelting iron ore. Molten iron from blast furnaces such as the Carrie Furnaces typically was poured into sand molds as cylindrical pig iron ingots intended for remelting in the making of steel. Our Iron Pigs are much more charming - be sure to check in with our holiday catalog to order your own!


Saturday, October 25, 2014

2:00 to 7:00 PM

Carrie Funaces

*The furnaces will be tapped for pouring at 4:00 PM


The event will be held                  RAIN or SHINE! 

Please bring a lawn chair.


Tickets at $10/each

available on ShowClix.



**Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more by contacting 

Stacy Drane at Rivers of Steel

or 412-464-4020, ext. 32

SUNDAY - October 12, 10 AM to 2 PM
Rivers of Steel PUMP HOUSE

Join us at the Rivers of Steel Sunday Heritage Market at the Pump House for an end of summer celebration featuring great music, local crafts and fresh season eats! What better way to end the golden days of summer!
HITCHCOCK! A Halloween Party at the Carrie Furnaces
Saturday - November 1, 8PM to 1AM  

On Saturday, November 1st, for one night only, Rivers of Steel National Heritage area partners with The Independent and  The Brew Gentlemen to restore the Carrie Furnaces to its 50s and 60s era of greatness. We are throwing a Halloween party in homage to that era's most prolific director: Alfred Hitchcock


This exclusive event offers all the components of a great Hitchcock film: suspense, romance, psychological thrills, and murderously good craft beers and cocktails. DJs throughout the evening will keep you dancing the night away on our dance floor centered in the site's AC Power House.


General Admission tickets are $35 each and include three drink tickets (beer or cocktail) at the bar.  Additional drink tickets available for sale at the event.


We'll be lighting the night with a bonfire in the courtyard of the mill and spicing things up with great local foods. Participating food trucks include PGH Taco TruckBlowfish BBQ, Street FoodsGyros N'at, and Leona's Ice Cream Sandwiches, along with a food tent from The Independent.


A total of 500 parking spots will be available at the venue and will be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis for $15 each in advance. Free shuttle services will stationed at the Waterfront Pump House beginning at 7:30 PM. Shuttles will run to and from the venue throughout the evening. A shuttle will also be available to and from The Independent in Squirrel Hill (this shuttle will only be available at the beginning and end of the event - tickets available online).

The event will be held RAIN or SHINE!  

This event is for adults age 21 and over. IDs will be checked at the door.
Sunday, November 9 at Carrie Furnaces  
The Carrie Furnaces photo opportunity of the year!

Join us for a glimpse of how Pittsburgh became known as "Hell with the lid off!" NetzlofDesign will be using dramatic lighting techniques and pyrotechnics to simulate the intense heat and explosive fiery display of an actual blast furnace tapping in the casthouse of Carrie Furnaces. This exclusive event is an amazing chance to see a simulation of the intense environment of this historic landmark just as the ironworkers did in the heyday of Pittsburgh's iron and steel making.


In addition to the furnace tap, NetzlofDesign will stage a photo opportunity scene at the at the hot metal torpedo car on the grounds of the Carrie Furnaces. Simulating minor repairs to the torpedo car, reenactors will pose for guest photography - so be sure to bring your cameras! 


You can have a closer look at similar events held by NetzlofDesign by viewing their production: Behind Enemy Lines, a NetzlofDesign Photo Shoot.

For advance information on the event, see: Tapping the Heat, NetzlofDesign.
Watch the Rivers of Steel website for general admission ticket purchase coming soon! 



Photo courtesy of Ron Baraff
With major earth moving work near completion, the Kenmawr Avenue to Rankin flyover ramp spanning three active railroad tracks, is beginning to take shape. The ramp, funded through a federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant, is slated to open in the spring of 2015.

The Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County has created nearly 50 acres ready for development with an additional 25 acres added when the ramp is completed. The site is dedicated to mixed uses including light industrial projects and includes the Carrie Furnaces. The county plans to eventually link the Carrie Furnace site with the Waterfront by the hot metal bridge. 

Rivers of Steel continues to make improvements to the national landmark site as part of their long range development plan for these site improvements. Through a grant from the Fisher Fund, the inadequate solar energy system has been expanded and a partnership with the clean energy company Zero Fossil an LED lighting system is being installed. With the addition of the flyover ramp and resulting road improvements, access to the the Carrie Furnaces will dramatically improve, allowing for continued creative development of this unique site celebrating our region's cultural and economic heritage.


The Rivers of Steel Archives are open to the public for research (by appointment only) Monday-Friday from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM.  Research materials are available in the form of books, articles, audiovisual recordings, and archival material covering the steel and related industries, labor/unions, capital/industrialists and ethnic and cultural groups in Southwestern Pennsylvania as well as resources from across the nation.  To make a research appointment, please call the Archives at 412-464-4020 Ext. 21, or search the collection online.
This month's archival photo: Making the molds for pig Iron, Blast Furnace. This steroview and lantern slide shows workers creating sand moulds into which melted iron is run from the blast furnace. Wooden patterns of the size/shape of the moulds are used. Sand drawn from the Allegheny River is shoveled between these wooden patterns and made firm by tramping. Careful crafting is needed to obtain the proper slope required for iron to flow from the central channel/runner (sow) into the short channels (pigs). Keystone View Company, 1905.

October 4, 11, 18* at 9 & 11 AM
Our Rivers of Steel tour guides lead visitors through the iron-making process, sharing the story of the site's technology, workers and culture from its heyday to the post-industrial present. (*9AM tour only)

SATURDAY - October 25 
Tours: 9, 9:30 and 10:00 AM
Former steelworkers join our tour guides, sharing their personal anecdotes for unique presentations on the culture, history and daily life of the workers of the iron mills of the Workshop of the World.

SATURDAY, October 18 at Noon
Join Shane Pilster of 82 Concepts and the Carrie Furnaces Grafitti Project: Do What We Love with our tour guides for a trip through graffiti history followed by a hands-on workshop experience in creating your own unique style!

SATURDAY, October 19 at 7:00 AM (Sunrise Tour)
Rivers of Steel Photo Safari Tours are a unique opportunity to photograph the architectural structures and changing seasons at the Carrie Furnaces. Our October Sunrise tour offers amazing vistas as the sun rises over the blast furnaces.

Participants should dress appropriately for the weaterh. heels and/or open-toed shoes are not permitted. Please note that the Carrie Furnaces are a part of a formerly abandoned industrial site. At this time, the site is not wheelchair accessible.

SUNDAY - October 12 from 10AM-2PM
We're ending the season with a spectacular autumn celebration. Come out to the Pump House for music, artisan crafts and fresh local foods to celebrate the the season! 

As our regular season comes to a close, we'd like to thank our vendors, artists, guests, and patrons who made this year's Heritage Market such a success! We are looking forward to seeing you all again in the spring of 2015! 
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Jones & Laughlin Steel symbolizes industrialized Pittsburgh and is an integral part of Pittburgh's culture. Photos, archival documents, artifacts and personal stories tell the story of an incredible and resilient company and the region that it helped create.
Saturday, November 15 - 7PM, West Mifflin High School

Otets Paissi, the Bulgarian Performing Folk Ensemble, is a talented group of singers, dancers and musicians delighting audiences with their spirited choreography and beautifully embellished traditional costumes. Sponsored by a grant from the Heinz Endowments, this year's fall concert theme is "Balkanistica."

Following the concert, the public is invited to the Bulgarian Cultural Center at 449 West 8th Avenue, West Homestead,  for the monthly Vercherinka dance party featuring live music and refreshments. 

The mission of the  Bulgarian Macedonian National Educational and Cultural Center (BMNECC) is to preserve, present and promote the cultural values and rich traditions of the Bulgarian and Macedonian people; offer a comprehensive source of Bulgarian and Macedonian historic and educational information; and contribute to the cultural landscape by presenting unique artistic events and performances.

General admission tickets for the Fall Conert are $10 and available at the door or by phoning                        412-461-6188. Senior and student tickets are $5, with children under the age of 12 enjoying free admission. a combined ticket for both the Fall Concert and Vercherinka is $15, senior/student combined tickets at $8.

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