DescriptionHomestead, which lies in the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area in southwestern Pennsylvania, was the setting for a labor strike that held national interest in 1892. The Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers held out against Carnegie Steel Co. from June 29-Nov. 21 despite the arrival of 300 Pinkerton guards by barge on July 6; 12 men lost their lives in the confrontation between the guards and the laborers, families and supporters. In the end the strikers lost. Visitors can still see remnants of the steel era like the pump house and smokestacks, but the main draw now is the Monongahela River waterfront's shopping and entertainment.
The Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area operates the Carrie Blast Furnace Tour, a 2-hour guided walking tour through the former U.S. Steel Homestead Works in Braddock. Visitors learn about the iron-making process and the construction of the 92-foot tall furnaces that at one time produced 1,000 tons of iron a day. Tours are offered May-Oct.; phone (412) 464-4020 for more information.
ShoppingThe Waterfront is a shopping and entertainment locale that has taken over the land once occupied by the Homestead steel mill.
Things to SeeBost Building