"What's a city to do when its iconic industrial infrastructure has become a white elephant? In the Steel City, tourism officials and preservationists declared the situation a learning opportunity, and are adapting defunct factory sites to tell the story of how Pittsburgh made its name," declares USA Today.
In a wonderful story/pictorial, you can see everything from the Pump House as it stands today and bicyclists using the trail at its doorstep.
"The Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area has transformed the defunct Homestead Steel Works site, which at its peak produced a third of the nation's steel, conducting tours that explain how it was produced and the rich history of the industry. Some are led by former steel mill workers, who lead visitors through hands-on displays in the Carrie Blast Furnaces complex.
Visitors also will find other converted industrial facilities, public art crafted from steel, and, as a bonus for cyclists, the newly completed Great Allegheny Passage bike trail, which goes from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C., passes right by the site.
To see the then and now photos and read more, click here.