Carrie Blast Furnace looking for volunteers with a connections to the steel industry

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area is looking to expand its volunteer base with the Carrie Blast Furnace complex for the 2013 season. The National Historic Landmark is managed by the steel heritage nonprofit and has been getting a lot of attention in recent months, with the filming of the Netflix series “Hemlock” and an A&E 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 the fall of 2013.

Rivers of Steel is looking for volunteers with a connection to Pittsburgh’s steel industry and/or 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 only steel site of its kind open to tourists in the Pittsburgh region, the century-old furnace complex was the heart and soul of the US Steel 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 finally the cast house surrounding Carrie Furnace No. 6.

The first Carrie Blast Furnace tour date is April 27 with the site being open every Saturday in April through October and every Friday and Saturday June through August. Those interested in tour guiding 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

(Photo courtesy of Rivers of Steel)