880 Waterfront Drive East, Munhall, PA
Babushkas & Hard Hats: The Steel Heritage Tour
Saturday September 21st the club has a chance to visit some of Pittsburgh's Steel History. We are offering a choice of three tours of three historic sites, docents at all three sites, lunch and a sweet treat!
Tour Option # 1: Lunch and Carrie Furnace
Cost is $35/person (11:15AM - 4:00PM)
Join the morning group for lunch at The Bulgarian Macedonia National Educational & Cultural Center at 449 W. 8th Ave., Homestead, PA at 11:15AM!
The site housed seven furnaces from 1907, the only remaining furnaces are Nos. 6 and 7 here at Carrie Furnace, which operated until 1978. At their maximum, they each produced 1,250 tons of iron a day. Coke, limestone and iron ore were put in the furnaces and cooked at 2,800 degrees. The resultant molten iron was poured into a ladle called a torpedo car and transported across the Rankin Hot Metal Bridge to the open hearth furnaces of the Homestead Works. The end result: steel. Carrie Furnace Complex, is totally indescribable, it has been described as a photographers drug, be sure to bring extra memory cards.
Tour Option # 2: The Bost Building, The Historic Pump House, and Lunch.
Cost is $35/person (9:30AM - 1:30PM)
Meet at 880 Waterfront Drive East, Munhall, PA by 9:30AM!
The Bost Buliding was the former headquarters of the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers who were locked out of Homestead Steel Works and were involved in the “1892 Battle of Homestead.” It is now the visitor center and steelheritage museum for Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area. Enjoy an interactive presentation where you will learn about suiting up to work in a blast furnace and about some of the cultural traditions that are uniquely Pittsburgh, such as the cookie table.
The Historic Pump House, where the 1892 Battle of Homestead occurred, one of the biggest events in U.S. Labor History. The defeat of the laborers set back the nation’s labor movement forapproximately 40 years. The Pump House is located on part of what used to be home to U.S. Steel’s Homestead Works plant until1987. This plant provided steel for the Empire State Building, Chicago Sears Tower and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco!
Lunch at the Bulgarian Macedonia National Educational and Cultural Center, the oldest Bulgarian Club in the country. You’ll enjoy a traditional Bulgarian Lunch, learn about being raised in a mill town, and still have time to browse their museum shop.
Tour Option # 3: Tours 1 and 2 combined
Cost is $50/person (9:30AM - 4:00PM)
See it all! The Bost Building, The Historic Pump House, Carrie Furnace, and have a traditional Bulgarian Lunch.
9:30 AM The Bost Building located at 623 E. 8th Ave., Homestead, PA
10:15 AM Depart for the Historic Pump House located at 880 E. Waterfront Drive, Munhall, PA
11:15 AM Lunch at The Bulgarian Macedonia National Educational & Cultural Center located at 449 W. 8th Ave., Homestead, PA
12:00 PM - 4 PM Depart for the Carrie Furnace Complex, Rankin, PA Pittsburgh’s steel heritage – one of the last pre-World War I blast furnaces left standing in the United States!
Know what you are looking at:
If you would like to do some light reading so you know what you are looking at when you get to the Carrie site, I suggest the following websites: