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Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area

Created by Congress in 1996, the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area is Rivers of Steel WEB committed to preserving, interpreting, and managing the historic, cultural, and natural resources related to Big Steel and its related industries.

Encompassing over 5,000 square miles in the eight counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland, Rivers of Steel is building on this area’s remarkable transition from heavy industry to high technology and diversified services as well as bolstering the new regional economy by promoting tourism and economic development based on this region’s historic industrial saga.


Beaver County Industrial Museum

The museum is dedicated to the preservation of glass and steel in one location, as glass BCIM_Logowas the largest employer in the 19th century and steel the largest employer in the 20th century in the County. In 1980, 61% of the work force in Beaver County worked in a steel mill. Today there is but a handfull of steelworkers left in the county as most steelworkers local unions are now amalgamated locals.