River of Steel

The Steelmaking Capital of the World…

Discover the legacy of Big Steel as you explore the Pittsburgh area and the river valleys of southwestern Pennsylvania and the heritage of America’s Second Industrial Revolution. On guided riverboats and bus tours through the Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation you’ll visit the great mill towns that gave this region the title “Steel Making Capital of the World.”

The Company Towns…

Pittsburgh/Point skyline with incline trolleyIn Homestead, Aliquippa, and the other “company towns,” you’ll learn how steel and mine workers struggled for safe conditions, decent wages, and the right to organize. Tour a working coal mine in Tarentum or view theEdgar Thompson Works in Braddock, a modern steel facility originally founded by Andrew Carnegie 125 years ago. Visit a preserved machine shop and foundry in Rice’s Landing along the Monongehala River and on to West Overton, to visit the birthplace of “Coke King” Henry Clay Frick.

Rich Cultural Experiences…

rsteel_museumIf it’s cultural experiences you’re looking for, Pittsburgh has its share of attractions including the John Heinz Regional History Center, Andy Warhol Museum,Carnegie Museums, and the National Aviary to name a few. A ride on the incline to the top of Mt. Washington to get a panoramic view of the city and the three rivers is a must.

Great Activities…

White Haven, Carbon CountyBe sure not miss the grand openings of two majestic new stadiums in Pittsburgh — PNC Park for the Pirates and also a new stadium for the storied Pittsburgh Steelers. VisitKennywood Park, and take a ride on the newest coaster, Phantom’s Revenge. Or, maybe shed a few pounds hiking or biking the Youghiogheny River Trail — voted one of America’s top trails — and stop by Ohiopyle State Park to see the “falls.”