Fire in the Valley - The Steel Heritage Tour


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Activity Level



Youth and Family, Local Experience, First Time Visitor, City


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 4



English (fluent), French (basic), Spanish (basic)

A Tour through Pittsburgh's Industrial Past

The steel from Pittsburgh's Monongahela Valley built America and served as the arsenal for "The Arsenal of Democracy" in two world wars. Learn how Pittsburgh became "The Steel Capital of the World" while at the same being Ground Zero in the struggle for worker's rights. My grandfather and namesake was one of the leaders of the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers. On this Tour you will stand on the riverbank where he and his colleagues challenged the water-borne Pinkerton strikebreakers recruited by Henry Clay Frick in the 1892 Battle of Homestead.


Two hours in length including stops at the Battle of Homestead site, the Carnegie Library of Homestead, and the Edgar Thomson Works gateway.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: This Tour can start from any location within 7 miles of the Point State Park Fountain including Downtown Pittsburgh, Greentree, the North Shore, Oakland, and Homestead's Waterfront.

End location: You can leave the Tour at any point within 7 miles of the Point State Park Fountain.

Duration: 2 hours 30 min.


Transportation via a spacious, clean modern air-conditioned sedan with sunroof. Larger vehicles may be available for an additional charge.

What’s Included

-Transportation to and through Pittsburgh's Monongahela River Valley
-Private Tour Guide
-Extraordinary narration during your Tour

What’s Extra

If your party is larger than four people, I can make arrangements for a larger vehicle to accommodate your group. Just send me a message with your requirements and I can let you know what the surcharge will be.

A Recent Review of this tour

It was everything I had hoped it to be!! I had a blast!! I would have loved talking with George all day about Pittsburgh and its history! It is so nice to take a tour with someone who knows their stuff and loves it!!
Maureen Minnick

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