PA Heart & Soul | Route 6

PA Humanities is currently working with multiple cities and towns across the state to put people first in community development and planning processes through Community Heart & Soul®. The program’s innovative approach uses the tools of the humanities to creatively engage residents in planning and decision-making processes as a way to strengthen a town’s social, cultural and economic vibrancy.

In February 2021, PA Humanities announced its partnership with the PA Route 6 Alliance to bring Community Heart & Soul® to towns along the Route 6 Corridor. Called “one of America’s most scenic drives” by National Geographic, Route 6 traverses the northern tier of Pennsylvania from Ohio to New York. It is the longest highway in the Commonwealth and home to many active and resourceful communities.


Tucked away in Northeastern Pennsylvania, you will find the City of Carbondale (pop 8,482), a city of historic charms and hidden treasures. Known as “The Pioneer City”, it was one of the sparks that ignited the Industrial Revolution more than a century ago. Centrally located with a bustling Main Street, Carbondale has a strong sense of community and a pride in its history, local businesses, parks, churches, and recreational activities.

The Anthracite Center in Carbondale. Photo by Ruthanne Jones.
Downtown Mansfield looking east from I-99/US-15. Photo by Vasiliymeshko.


Centrally located in Tioga County and central to the county’s activity, entertainment, and culture, the Pennsylvania Heritage Community of Mansfield (pop 2840) lives up to its nickname of “Crossroads of the Northern Tier!” The Victorian architecture of Mansfield’s Main Street houses jam-packed antique stores, small-town businesses, and delicious dining establishments. The University on the hill provides an eclectic array of arts and cultural events and a plethora of interesting visitors, too. All of this—nestled in the picturesque mountains of northern Pennsylvania—just a hop, skip, and jump from endless outdoor recreation opportunities at nearby Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon, Hills Creek State Park, and Cowanesque Lake.

Port Allegany

Port Allegany (pop 2090) is nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains in the heart of the Pennsylvania Wilds. It was originally known as Canoe Place because it was the location where travelers coming overland from the Susquehanna River could continue by boat on the Allegheny River. It’s name was changed to Port Allegany in 1838, and was incorporated in September 1881.
Today, Port Allegany is a quaint town that provides residents with a safe environment surrounded by forests and access to almost any form of outdoor recreation you can imagine.

North Main Street in downtown Port Allegany. Photo by Andre Carrotflower.
Tidioute Bridge Spanning the Allegheny River. Photo by Sasha Lewis.


Tidioute Borough (pop 688) is a small community nestled in a valley in the foothills of the Allegheny mountains with a rich oil and timber history.  Surrounded by the Allegheny National Forest and along the shores of the Allegheny River, the borough is known as the “Sportsman’s Paradise.” Many outdoor enthusiasts come to hunt, fish, hike, canoe, kayak, or just slow down and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Tidioute has been home to the PA State Championship fishing tournament for over sixty years.

Wyoming County

Wyoming County (pop 26,794) is replete with natural beauty and picturesque landscapes. Its over 400 square miles are situated along Route 6 and the Susquehanna River, where rolling farmlands and vast woodlands are dotted by quaint rural villages, historic sites, tumbling streams and scenic vistas. Just a short drive from Scranton, Wyoming County has an interesting mix of rural towns and friendly neighborhoods with plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun.

Kayaking the Susquehanna River in Wyoming County. Photo courtesy of The Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau.
Aerial view of Youngsville Borough. Photo by Carl Leichtenberger.


Youngsville Borough (pop 1729) was incorporated in 1853 and has a fascinating place in the oil and timber history of the region. Generations of families have made the borough their home, alongside many newcomers. The community is nestled in a valley within the Pennsylvania Wilds along Route 6 and has a variety of local businesses, a library, churches, and several parks. The Brokenstraw Creek winds its way through Youngsville and boasts wonderful fishing opportunities, a walking/biking trail, and other outdoor opportunities.

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