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3rd World Congress on High Entropy Alloys (HEA 2023)

November 12–15, 2023

Omni William Penn Hotel • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Carrie Blast Furnace Historical Site Tour


Photo Courtesy of Rivers of Steel

Site Tour Location

Carrie Blast Furnaces National Historic Landmark
801 Carrie Furnace Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15218

About the Tour Location

Photo Courtesy of Rivers of Steel

Declared a National Historic Landmark in 2006, the Carrie Blast Furnaces or Carrie, as it’s affectionately known, encourage visitors to marvel at the scale and legacy of its industrial might. A remnant of the legendary U.S. Steel Homestead Steel Works, the Carrie Blast Furnaces are a vestige of Pittsburgh’s 20th-century domination of the steel industry. The Carrie Blast Furnaces, constructed of 2.5” thick steel plate and lined with refractory brick, are rare examples of pre-World War II iron-making technology. Following the collapse of the region’s steel industry in the 1970s and 1980s, these remain the only non-operative blast furnaces in the area.

About the Site Tour

Over the course of the two-hour guided tour, attendees will hear stories about the site’s technology (including why it is nationally significant) as well as get to know the culture of its workers. Attendees will also learn a bit about the iron-making process, from the movement of the raw materials to the tapping of the furnaces that produced fiery molten iron.

  • Terrain: The outdoor surfaces are grass or gravel. Within the structures, the floors are concrete, brick or steel plate surfaces. There are 3 separate flights of stairs on the tour.
  • What to Wear: The majority of the tour is outside; please dress for the weather. Additionally, the ground is uneven—sensible shoes are a must. Sneakers or boots are recommended. Open-toed shoes and high heels are prohibited.
  • Hard hats are required to be worn for the duration of your tour. If you have a hard hat, please feel free to bring it. For those who need one, a hard hat will be provided and collected after the tour. Hats are disinfected between uses.
  • Restrooms & Concessions: The rawness of the site is certainly part of its charm. However, that rawness also limits the creature comforts many of us are accustomed to, like running water. Portable bathrooms and wash stations are available. Food amenities will not be available.
  • Photography: Photography is permitted. For safety reasons, videography and drones are prohibited.
  • Accessibility: Handicapped parking is available, but the grounds covered during tours are not wheelchair accessible.
  • Liability: All visitors are required to sign a liability waiver and consent to be photographed (PDF).

How to Participate

This tour has been cancelled for HEA 2023.

For More Information

For more information about this meeting, please complete the meeting inquiry form or contact:

TMS Meeting Services
5700 Corporate Drive Suite 750
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
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Other Countries: 1-724-776-9000
Fax: 1-724-776-3770