The Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) 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, PHC announced its partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), the PA Route 6 Alliance, and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to bring Community Heart & Soul® to four sites along the Route 6 Corridor: Carbondale, Tidioute, Wyoming County, and Youngsville. 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.
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 (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.
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.