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March 21, 2013

Briefly Noted: Volunteers Sought at Carrie Furnace

Category: Announcements || By Submitted Report

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area is looking to expand its volunteer base at the Carrie Blast Furnace complex for the 2013 season.

Rivers of Steel is looking for volunteers with a connection to Pittsburgh's steel industry and heritage who can not only can interpret our region's steel story --- and learn to interpret the Carrie Blast Furnace site --- but can also share vignettes of their own steel-related experiences.

The first Carrie Blast Furnace tour date is April 27. The site will be open every Saturday in April through October, and every Friday and Saturday from June through August.

The only steel site of its kind open to tourists in the Pittsburgh region, the century-old furnace complex was the heart and soul of U.S. Steel's Homestead Works. A tour takes visitors through the whole steel-making process including the ore yard, the car dumper, the torpedo car, the blowing engine house, the hot stoves and the cast house surrounding Carrie Furnace No. 6.

A National Historic Landmark, Carrie Furnace is managed by the steel heritage nonprofit and has gotten more attention in recent months, with the filming of the Netflix series "Hemlock" and an A&E TV pilot "Those Who Kill" at the site, as well as the movie "Out of the Furnace" starring Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana, Woody Harrelson and Willem Dafoe, slated for release in fall 2013.

Those interested in volunteering to be a tour guide at the blast furnace complex, or volunteering their efforts toward preservation projects at the site, can contact Angie Morini at (412) 464.4020, ext. 31, or email

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