My daughter and I took the self-guided Carrie Furnance tour yesterday, and we gained an appreciation for the hard work that helped to make Pittsburgh an important industrial city, and the magnitude of the loss when those jobs disappeared. A fascinating industrial ruin, with the freedom to wander around the huge site, and knowledgeable docents who greatly added to the experience.
I loved the Carrie deer, and the story of the artists who created it. Go see it!
Wear sturdy shoes and be prepared to climb steps, jump over some gaps, etc. There's a reason they make you sign a waiver to go on the tour, but there would be no better way to get an idea of the work done here. Unless they subjected the visitors to extreme heat, rain, carbon monoxide emissions, etc. One of the guides who used to work at this plant said they used to say the only difference between working at a blast furnace and Hell is that at the blast furnace you could go home at the end of the shift. So maybe losing jobs like that isn't such a bad thing? But you'll think about the economics of it all, and what, if anything, has replaced those jobs.
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