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Rivers of Steel Arts will hold its first-ever Community Day at the historic Carrie Furnaces site in Rankin and Swissvale from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday (July 15).
"Bring the kids and meet your neighbors at the national historic landmark Carrie Furnaces for a day filled with creative projects, outdoor fun, raffle prizes, local food and entertainment," a spokesperson said.
Visitors will get behind-the-scenes look at the exciting programming RoSA offers throughout the season including hands-on workshops, photo safaris, graffiti art projects, foundry work and much more.
Located at the end of the Rankin Bridge, just opposite from The Waterfront, the Carrie Furnaces were built in 1884 and during their peak produced 1,000 to 1,250 tons of raw iron per day.
The facility, once part of U.S. Steel's Homestead Works, closed in 1982. All that is left are furnaces No. 6 and 7, which operated from 1907 to 1978. The furnaces were designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006 and are among only a few pre-World War II 20th century blast furnaces to survive.
Visitors will be asked to "pay what they like" at the gate, and then will be allowed to explore the massive furnaces during a guided tour, create their own art, or simply walk around and enjoy the exhibits.
The event is sponsored by the Pittsburgh Foundation, Penn Brewery, Ink Division Printing Co, Green Mountain Energy, WESA-FM, WYEP-FM and Artist and Craftsman Supply Co.
For more information, visit the RoSA website.
Originally published July 10, 2017.