Rivers of Steel's attractions showcase the artistry and innovation of our region's rich heritage.
THE BOST BUILDING
Built in 1892 as a hotel for the rapidly growing worker’s ward of Homestead, the Bost Building was at the center of one of American labor history’s most dramatic episodes – the Homestead Lockout and Strike. Now a National Historic Landmark, it serves as the Visitors' Center for the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area. Guests can enjoy permanent exhibits on the 1892 Battle of Homestead, the U.S. Steel Homestead Works and temporary exhibitions inspired by the region's steel heritage.
SIGHTSEEING RIVERBOAT CRUISE
"PGH 101: An Intro to Innovation" is a 90-minute sightseeing tour of Pittsburgh's three rivers on the 94-foot Explorer riverboat. The 'Burgh has been on the vanguard of industrial reinvention for over 250 years; this tour shares how the region evolved through its landscape, resources and residents to become the dynamic city it is today - complete with beautiful skylines and riverbanks.
BLAST FURNACE TOURS
Declared a National Historic Landmark in 2006, the Carrie Blast Furnaces are vestige of Pittsburgh's 20th-century domination of the steel industry. Allow two hours for the guided Industrial Tour of the site, which highlights the drama of the iron-making process, while sharing the stories of the site's technology, its workers and their culture.