Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area

Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation conserves, interprets, and develops historical, cultural, and recreational resources throughout Western Pennsylvania, including the eight counties that comprise the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area. The powerful story of the region’s evolution, from colonial settlement to “Big Steel” to the modern era, is evident in its many artifacts, buildings, vibrant communities, and industrial sites. From the Carrie Blast Furnaces Nos. 6 and 7 and the Water Tower at the site of the former United States Steel Homestead Works, to the W. A. Young Foundry and Machine Shop at Rices Landing, the magnitude of this story quickly becomes clear.

Rivers of Steel seeks to link our colonial and industrial heritage to the present and future economic and cultural life of the region and the communities it serves. By celebrating its past but also embracing our future, the most powerful industrial heartland the world has ever seen can truly be recognized.

› Explore Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area website for information, events, and more.

(Photo: Pittsburgh, PA)

Things to See and Do

  • West Overton Village

    109 West Overton Road Scottdale, PA 15683

    West Overton Village & Museums is a pre-Civil War industrial village that includes the Abraham Overholt Homestead, the Distillery that produced Old Farm Pure Rye Whiskey, and the Spring House that served as the birthplace of Henry Clay Frick in 1849.

  • Frick Art & Historical Center

    7227 Reynolds Street Pittsburgh, PA 15208

    The Frick Pittsburgh is a museum located on five acres of beautifully landscaped lawns and gardens in the city’s historic East End. Tour the Henry Clay Frick family home, Clayton—one of the best preserved Gilded Age mansions in America. Enjoy masterpieces of the European art and changing exhibitions in the art museum and explore the collection of the historic cars and carriages.

  • Pittsburgh Glass Center

    5472 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15206

    Pittsburgh Glass Center is a nonprofit, public access school, gallery and state-of-the-art glass studio dedicated to teaching, creating and promoting glass art. World-renowned glass artists come to the facility to make studio glass art, and people interested in learning about glass, take classes, explore the glass gallery and watch live hot glass demonstrations.

  • David Bradford House

    175 S. Main Street Washington, PA 15301

    The David Bradford House, a National Historic Landmark built in 1788, was home to the Whiskey Rebellion, the first domestic challenge to the new American government. The mission of the Bradford House Historical Association is to preserve and promote the history and heritage of the David Bradford House and Museum and to educate the public on the role of David Bradford and the Whiskey Rebellion in shaping American history.

  • Point State Park/Fort Pitt

    101 Commonwealth Pl # 1  Pittsburgh PA 15222

    Point State Park, located at the confluence of three rivers, is at the tip of Pittsburgh’s “Golden Triangle.” It commemorates and preserves the strategic and historic heritage of the area during the French and Indian War (1754 – 1763).

  • Old Stone House

    - Rices Landing PA 15357

    In 1900 when Wm. A. Young built his shop on the banks of the Monongahela River . When Young’s descendents closed the business in 1965, they left the machinery as it stood, preferring to leave it in place rather than auction it.

  • Rivers of Steel Visitor Center

    623 E. 8th Ave Homestead PA 15120

    Built in 1892 as a hotel for the rapidly growing worker’s ward of Homestead, the Bost Building was at the center of American labor history’s most dramatic episodes – the Homestead Lockout and Strike. This National Historic Landmark underwent a $4 million renovation and in 2002 opened its doors as the visitor’s center for the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area.  The Bost Building includes an exhibit space dedicated to the American Worker as well as offices for the Heritage Area.

  • Washington's Trail

    - Western Pennsylvania PA 15213

    This trail is a driving route through western Pennsylvania. Traversing modern highways, the route commemorates young George Washington’s first military and diplomatic venture in the Fall and Winter 1753 – 1754.

  • LeMoyne House

    49 E. Maiden St. Washington PA 15301

    Built in 1812 by John Julius LeMoyne, the father of Francis Julius LeMoyne, both with strong ties to the abolitionist movement and a renowned stop on the Underground Railroad.

  • Clemente Museum

    3339 Penn Ave Pittsburgh PA 15201

    Through the exhibit of photographs and artifacts, and outreach to our community, The Clemente Museum works to fulfill our mission of honoring Roberto Clemente’s memory and promote the good deeds he accomplished in his all too short life.

  • Cemetery of the Alleghenies

    1158 Morgan Road Bridgeville PA 15017

    Prior to the development of the National Cemetery, the site was continually farmed since the 1800s, and the region was the flash point of the historic Whisky Rebellion of 1794.

  • Maridon Museum

    322 North McKean Street Butler PA 16001

    It is the only museum in the Western Pennsylvania region with a specific focus on Asian Art and Culture coupled with German Meissen porcelain.

  • Historic Harmony/Harmony Museum

    218 Mercer St. Harmony PA 16037

    Pennsylvania’s first National Historic Landmark District outside Philadelphia, 1804 first home German communal Harmony Society. Museum exhibits include Native Americans and George Washington’s 1753 mission sparking the French and Indian War, Harmonists, Mennonites, locally made Charles Flowers long rifles, oil, Victoriana. Antiques/crafts shopping, dining, accommodations, other historic sites and state parks nearby.

  • Duquesne Incline

    1197 West Carson Street   Pittsburgh PA 15219

    The Duquesne Incline is one of those which follows very closely the tracks of an early coal hoist. At the time of its public opening, it was one of four inclined planes serving the summit of Coal Hill, which later came to be known as Mount Washington.

  • Greene River Trail

    - - PA 15213

    Links together the coal communities of Greene County, the Greene River Trail has close connections to local history. The Greene River Trail winds its way along the Monongahela River, passing through scenic wooded areas. The 5.2-mile paved trail is ideal for hiking, biking, walking and running

  • Great Allegheny Passage

    Homestead, PA to Cumberland, MD Pittsburgh PA 15203

    135 miles of nearly level bike and hiking trail that passes through the Laurel Highlands along the Youghiogheny and Casselman Rivers. The trail connects McKeesport, PA to Cumberland, MD, where it joins the C&O Canal Towpath, providing a safe and scenic adventure to Washington, DC.

  • Venture Outdoors

    - Pittsburgh PA 15219

    By encouraging everyone to participate in outdoor recreational activities, Venture Outdoors promotes the Pittsburgh region’s unique natural amenities, highlights it’s excellent quality of life, fosters a greater appreciation for the environment, inspires an active lifestyle and creates a shared sense of community.

  • Historic Pump House

    880 E. Waterfront Drive Munhall PA 15120

    The Historic Pump House location is a trailhead of the Great Allegheny Passage which encompasses the Steel Valley Trail in the Mon Valley. 

  • W.A. Young Foundry

    - Rices Landing PA 15357

    In 1900 when Wm. A. Young built his shop on the banks of the Monongahela River . When Young’s descendents closed the business in 1965, they left the machinery as it stood, preferring to leave it in place rather than auction it.

  • Carrie Blast Furnace

    - Rankin, 15104 PA 15104

    Towering 92 feet over the Monongahela River, constructed of 2.5″ thick steel plate and lined with refractory brick, Carrie Furnaces 6 and 7 are extremely rare examples of pre World War II iron-making technology.

  • Pennsylvania Trolley Museum

    1 Museum Road Washington PA 15301

    The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum’s mission is to communicate the story of Pennsylvania’s Trolley Era to a diverse audience through the preservation, interpretation, and use of its collection of electric railway and railroad equipment, associated artifacts and photo/document archives

  • Nationality Rooms

    4200 Fifth Ave Pittsburgh, 15260 PA 15260

    The Nationality Rooms are located on the first and third floors of the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning. The rooms were designed to represent the culture of various ethnic groups that settled in Allegheny County and are supported by these cultural groups and governments

  • Warhol Museum

    117 Sandusky Street Pittsburgh PA 15213

    The Andy Warhol Museum is a vital forum in which diverse audiences of artists, scholars, and the general public are galvanized through creative interaction with the art and life of Andy Warhol.

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