Rankin - Searching for Dream Street
Children prepare for the 58th annual Rankin Jr. Tamburitzans concert at the Rankin Croatian Home in Rankin, Pa.
Rankin is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, south of Pittsburgh on the Monongahela River. Early in the 20th century, Rankin specialized in manufacturing steel and wire goods.
Rankin is home to the Carrie Furnace, a former blast furnace and a part of the former Homestead Steel Works.
Built in 1884, they operated until 1982. During its peak, the site produced 1,000 to 1,250 tons of iron per day.
All that is left of the site are furnaces #6 and #7, which operated from 1907 to 1978, along with the hot metal bridge.
The furnaces, designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006, are among the only pre-World War II 20th century blast furnaces to survive.