May 5, 2012 - Rankin, PA
Pittsburgh: The Steel City. What does that really mean to us young people? Most of us have never worked in a steel mill, or even seen one in person. In fact, they're pretty much all boarded up or now non-existent in our great city.
Because of this, not many people know how the process worked at the time. That's why Carrie Furnaces in Rankin, PA has become a National Historic Landmark, and is available to tour through Rivers of Steel for $25.
Carrie Furnaces is where tons of raw materials were burned to fuel furnaces that smelted iron for steel-making at U.S. Steel's Homestead Works (which is now known as the Waterfront area in Pittsburgh).
I was able to take a tour complements of Boring Pittsburgh, which is an amazing local blog for all things Pittsburgh.
Check this place out. It's a fantastic piece of Pittsburgh's history that I recommend every resident at least take a tour of in their lifetime to gain perspective on the industry that crafted our city long ago.
The folks on the tour were really into the beauty of this fallen furnace empire.
This photo is a perfect symbol of the environmental "death" that this place caused, using over 1 million gallons of water per day to cool the furnaces. Not to mention the average of 3 men per year who gave their lives working at this dangerous workplace. Our tour guide promised, however, that his time in the coal mines was way more dangerous than working at Carrie Furnace. Hard to imagine.
Closed in 1982, four years before I was born, this place continues to show signs of life.
Thank you to Veronica Varos for having me shoot photos with her at this beautiful location.
And a BIG thank you to Boring Pittsburgh, once again, for their kindness in having us tour and shoot this facility.
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