12:00 PM - The day begins at The Historic Pump House (880 E. Waterfront Dr., Munhall,
PA 15120). This is the site of the 1892 Battle of Homestead between Carnegie Steel Company Management and the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers. The Pump House is also a remnant of U.S. Steel’s legendary Homestead Works, which made the steel for the Empire State Building, the Chicago Sears Tower, among many other iconic American structures. At this site you’ll enjoy a delicious immigrant-inspired lunch with regional specialties such as stuffed cabbage rolls, pierogis, halushki, and a sampler of the Pittsburgh Cookie Table. During lunch, your tour guide will present The Story of Steel, an interactive presentation that details the rise of industry and immigration in the Pittsburgh region.
1:15 PM Depart the Historic Pump House en route to the Carrie Blast Furnaces (drive time approximately 15 minutes)
1:30 PM Arrive at the Carrie Blast Furnaces National Historic Landmark (801 Carrie
Furnace Blvd., Rankin, PA 15104). Declared a National Historic Landmark in 2006, Carrie, as it’s affectionately known, entices visitors to marvel at the scale and legacy of its industrial might. A remnant of the legendary U.S. Steel Homestead Steel Works, the Carrie Blast Furnaces are a vestige of Pittsburgh’s 20th-century domination of the steel industry.
During this two-hour guided walking tour, you’ll hear stories about the site’s technology (including why it is nationally significant) as well as get to know the culture of its workers. You’ll also learn a bit about the iron-making process, from the movement of the raw materials to the tapping of the furnaces that produced fiery molten iron.
Flat, closed-toe walking shoes are required for all participants on this tour, in addition to a signed waiver. This walking tour is outdoors and rain or shine; participants should dress for the weather.
3:30 PM Depart the Carrie Blast Furnaces.
If you have any questions regarding registration or payment, contact Christy Kirsch at email@example.com.