While working on a personal project in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania recently, I had the opportunity to photograph the Carrie Furnaces in nearby Rankin, PA.
The Carrie Furnaces were built in 1881 as part of U.S. Steel’s Homestead Works, a 400-acre complex that spanned both sides of the Monogahela river.
The furnaces produced up to 1,250 tons of steel a day until 1978, when they were closed. The majority of the site was razed for a shopping center but the 100-foot high furnaces still stand.
The furnaces were designated as a national historic landmark in 2006 and preservation efforts are underway.
For more information, please visit the Rivers of Steel website.