Carrie Furnaces

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.

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