Searching for Dream Street - Rankin
Miranda Crotsley and Hollen Barmer hold their wedding at the Carrie Furnaces site in Rankin PA.
After visiting the furnaces for the first time in September 2014 they found Carrie to be "breathtakingly, heartbreakingly, hauntingly beautiful ruins in what used to be a cradle of industry and innovation."
They said they have a huge respect for the work that took place at Carrie,and also have a desire to preserve the site itself, Carrie's strange beauty, and the resilience of people and nature in repurposing and reclaiming the site.
The Carrie Furnaces were built in 1881 as part of U.S. Steel's Homestead Works, a sprawling 400-acre complex that spanned both sides of the Monogahela river. They produced up to 1,250 tons of steel a day until 1978 when they were closed.
While the majority of the site was razed for a shopping center, the 100-foot high furnaces still stand.
They are an extremely rare example of pre-WWII ironmaking technology.
The furnaces were designated as a national historic landmark in 2006 and preservation efforts are underway.