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Oil Region Alliance Releases Updated Driving Tour Booklet

Cover of the Driving Tour


Oil City, PA— Locals and guests to the Oil Region have a new resource to guide them through the area and make sure they don’t miss a thing – the Oil Region Driving Tour Booklet.

This publication is a revision of a document last updated in 1999 that directs users to points of interest throughout the Oil Region National Heritage Area.

 ”The Driving Tour focuses on the geography and natural features and the way the landscape informed the social and economic development of the Oil Region National Heritage Area,” said Abbe Watson-Popescu, ORA Project Manager, who updated and developed the content of the Driving Tour.

This new and improved publication is in full color and includes more maps, images, and historical photos. Contact information was updated and content themes were modernized. The route of the driving tour itself was changed to include new swaths of the region including Pleasantville and the surrounding boomtowns. Rockland Furnace, Freedom Falls, Mineral Springs, and Hughes Park are new inclusions for this edition.

(New: Emlenton-The Historic

River Community)

“I hope that folks will use it to discover new pockets of the ORNHA and visit sites they didn’t realize existed,” Watson-Popescu said.

The booklet’s layout was graphically designed by Brandon Boocks, and printed locally by Seneca Printing.

The Driving Tour Booklet project was financed in part by the National Park Service and the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources – Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, through Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grant Heritage and Other Parks.

Driving Tour Booklets are available for free at the ORA office at 217 Elm St., Oil City and at literature distribution racks throughout the ORNHA.

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