Rivers of Steel

About the Project


During the century-long Big Steel Era (1890-1990) the entire seven-county Pittsburgh Industrial District served one primary purpose: steel related production. Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area identifies and conserves the resources of steel and its related industries.

KMA Design was selected to develop a series of sign types to be used in conjunction with the four rivers that flow throughout this historic area; Monongahela, Ohio, Allegheny and the Youghiogheny Rivers. Building medallions, banners, kiosks and community welcome signs greet both vehicular and pedestrian tourists, while river-landing signs and kiosks announce historic areas to recreational boaters who traverse the waterways to follow the path of steel.

KMA Design worked with the Steel Industry Heritage Corporation to create a menu of sign types to serve as a guide for various structures, buildings, sites and museums. Each entity can select sign types for their specific purpose and to meet the criteria of various signage codes in the multitude of municipalities the District encompasses.