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Steel Valley Trail segment of the Great Allegheny Passage National Recreation Trail, looking across the Monongahela River. The old Homestead Works of the US Steel Corporation on the banks of the Monongahela River is being redeveloped as a shopping, living, dining, and entertainment complex. Trail is also being developed on the other side of the river. Eventually this trail will reach the Carrie Furnace complex, site of the historic 1892 battle between striking steelworkers and the Pinkerton detective agency. In its prime, Carrie Furnace produced 600 tons of steel ingots each day. The hot ingots were carried across the single-purpose "hot metal bridge" to the rolling mills in Homestead. The hot metal bridge, visible in this photo, will become a trail connection. (photo by Mary Shaw; all rights reserved).

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