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“See the industry that made Pittsburgh great!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area
623 East 8th Avenue, Homestead, PA
(412) 464-4020
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Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Homestead
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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“See the industry that made Pittsburgh great!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

OK, in my mind, if you're gonna see Pittsburgh, you've got to see the iron & steel industry that put the city on the map. Where else can you tour an old iron-making furnace with guides who actually worked there? Now, it's not easy to plan a visit, given the old factory's only open on weekends and not during the winter, but if you can plan your visit to take advantage of the tours, they are more than worth the effort. You'll get up close and personal with the old furnaces, which (other than the rust and weeds) are just like they were left when they were shut down 30 years ago. Hint: a quick pre-read on the Internet on how iron and steel are made will help set you up for an immediate appreciation of the significance of what you're about to walk through.

Visited April 2013
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“A Real Steel Mill”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Please try to tour this abandoned steel mill. Nothing has been done to pretty it up. You can almost feel what it was like to have worked in this dark and dangerous place. You'll find workers' gloves and personal items simply left when they closed. If you are a photographer, you'll be overwhelmed with the opportunities. Great docents. A true national treasure of what made Pittsburgh 'Steel Country'

Visited July 2012
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