What do drive-in movies, photo safaris, graffiti and style-writing, aluminum casting and industrial tours have in common? They are all available at the Carrie Blast Furnace, a National landmark managed by the non-profit River of Steel and located in Rankin and Swissvale.
New challenges are certainly part of 2020 and Rivers of Steel has found ways to continue activities while following mandated social-distancing and pandemic recommendations. Unfortunately, some of the main fundraisers, like the Festival of Combustion, have not happened, tours and events continue at the Carrie Furnace site and other Rivers Of Steel Mon-Valley sites.
Rivers of Steel showcases the artistry and innovation of our region’s industrial and cultural heritage through its historical and 21st-century attractions. Behind the scenes, Rivers of Steel supports economic revitalization—working on the grassroots level to deepen community partnerships, promote heritage tourism, and preserve local recreational and cultural resources for future generations. Founded on the principles of heritage development, community partnership, and a reverence for the region’s natural and shared resources.
Rivers of Steel strengthens the economic and cultural fabric of western Pennsylvania by fostering dynamic initiatives and transformative experiences. With a vision for the future, built on the past, Rivers of Steel’s journey began in the aftermath of the collapsed steel industry. In 1988 a group of citizens got together, united by their concerns that with destruction of the shuttered mills an important part of our region’s culture was in danger of being erased, too.
Check out this video that talks about the role of Carrie and tours here. Find more about Carrie Furnace, Rivers of Steel and the other attractions they manage in the Mon Valley at https://riversofsteel.com/.