Fire in the Valley- Carnegie Steel and the Town That Built America

Pittsburgh's Steel Valley along the Monongahela River made the steel which built America and fueled the Arsenal of Democracy for two World Wars. It was also the site of the Battle of Homestead 9 July 1892, the most consequential armed confrontation between workers and company-employed strikebreakers in American History.

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  • What's included :
    • Certified guide
    • Private transportation
    • Extraordinary extensive personal narration the length of the Experience
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities
    • Landing and facility fees
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Bryce-Mesta Mansion, 548 Doyle Ave, Homestead, PA 15120, USA

    Multi-millionaire industrialist George Mesta's wife Pearl held court here before she moved to the Nations' Capital and became "The Hostess with the Mostess".

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Homestead, Homestead, Pennsylvania

    As the location of the largest steel mill on the planet, this town played an essential role in the story of not just America but the entire industrial world. Presidents, Royalty, and even Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev made to pilgrimage to the "Steel Capital of the World".

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Waterfront Drive, Waterfront Dr, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

    Buried in the midst of this mixed-use development on the site of the old Homestead Works of Carnegie Steel, you will find the 12,000 ton press. This monster machine pounded steel ingots into armor plate for battleships of the United States Navy including the USS MIssouri.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: 1892 Battle of Homestead Site, 880 E Waterfront Dr, Munhall, PA 15120, USA

    Your Guide is the proud Grandson of one of the leaders of the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steelworkers. Here members fought and died on a sweltering Summer day as they stood up for the rights of workers everywhere.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Rivers of Steel: Pump House & Water Tower, site of the 1892 Battle of Homestead, 880 E Waterfront Dr, Munhall, PA 15120, USA

    Stand at the actual location where Pinkerton Agency mercenaries attempted to make an amphibious landing to occupy the Homestead Works of Carnegie Steel which had been locked out by Henry Clay Frick. Here they were challenged by workers fighting not only for their jobs, but also for their families and their community.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Braddock, Braddock, Pennsylvania

    Carnegie Steel's Edgar Thomson Works of the United States Steel Corporation continues to operate as the last remaining steel works in the once mighty Monongahela Valley. You'll stop to see the monument to the last slab rolled and the first slab cast before pausing to salute Joe Magarac, the Croatian Folk Hero of the Steelworker.

    Duration: 5 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    1: Duquesne Incline, 1197 W Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, USA
    2: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Pittsburgh West - Green Tree, 875 Greentree Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15220, USA
    3: Panera Bread, 3401 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 4/3/2020 - 4/22/2021
    Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 08:00 PM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by The Pittsburgh Tour

Activity ID: V-12953P3

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