Welcome to the Iowa US Route 6 webpage!
Whether you would like to learn more about America's longest and
highest highway, or become a part of our team of volunteers
you've come to the right place!
In The News Victor Joins the Effort
Historic U.S. Route 6 to the Nation
(Warrior Tribune - Victor, Iowa) Click thumbnails to view full size
PDF files of the image.
Welcome Michael Sharpe
Mike is now the Coordinator for Western Iowa.
Meet Mike Sharpe
Mike Sharpe, retired USArmy/Iowa National Guard, is a native of
Virginia but has lived in Red Oak in SW Iowa for 38 years.
Having traveled extensively during his military career he
developed a strong interest in the history of areas where he was
living. While living in California, he traveled the backroads
through the foothills around San Jose, California as well as
major highways such as US Highway 101 and the famous Highway 1
along the California coast. He has driven Historic US Route 66
in its entirety..Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California.
It’s only natural for him to be interested in Iowa highways as
well, especially Historic US Route 6 crossing the entire United
Paul Kuhlman, Jasper County Coordinator with Route 6
Iowa's official spokesmodel, Angela.
Kuhlman is a native Iowan, originally hailing from the Cedar
Rapids area. In addition to being a military veteran, Paul has
been a police officer for over 20 years, the past 10 with the
city of Colfax. He is active promoting traffic safety and holds
an instructor certification in the area of impaired driving.
Helping to promote traffic safety, Paul is active in attending
community events/celebrations/parades where he uses his
departments restored 1964 Ford Galaxy Police car, sometimes even
on a statewide basis.
With US Highway 6, both original and
re-aligned, traversing Colfax and Paul’s strive to promote
traffic safety (especially with his Dept.’s vintage patrol
car), it was a natural progression for Paul to become
involved with the US Route 6 Tourist Association. But
that’s not Paul’s only interest in Highway 6, a
self-admitted history nut, he fondly recalls family trips
and memories of some of Iowa’s forgotten roadways, as well
as enjoying Iowa’s beauty and scenery that is afforded by
traveling these roads. He feels that all too often in our
lives we're in a hurry to get where we are going, rather
than to realize that the trip can be part of the enjoyment.
This highway is rich with history and it is important to
take time to reconnect with our past, slow down and enjoy
the communities that once sustained our state and in fact
our whole country.
New Member of the Iowa Route 6 Team
Rex E. Brandstatter, Program Coordinator
with the Iowa U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association
in Coralville / Johnson County.
" I grew up on Highway 6 right here in Eastern Iowa. When I
was a kid in the 60s, my Mom would say, 'you can go anywhere
in town, supper is at 6 PM and don't cross the Highway!"
That highway was U.S. Highway 6, now known as Historic U.S.
"Today my real estate office is located on Historic Highway
6 and I drive it everyday of the year. Back in the 1920s,
30s, 40s and 50s, my Grandfather was the local Town Marshall
and he patrolled the 'old road' in his police car. I have
walked, ridden a bike and driven a car along every inch of
Highway 6 here in my town and County. Having the chance to
help it be designated as Historic Highway 6 is a great
opportunity. I am excited to be a part of the Highway 6
Tourist Association. After all, we are ON Highway 6 to this
Rex E. Brandstatter - Facebook
Radio Interview with David W. Darby,
Executive Director of the
The movement to sign the original
two lane alignments in Iowa is gaining momentum! Soon there will be
no reason to drive on the Interstate to follow Route 6!
January 5, 2013 > Today was a great day for
Poweshiek and Iowa Counties. Business leaders and the Poweshiek
County Supervisors met with members of the U. S. Route 6 Tourist
Association to write a grant request to cover the cost of
Historic Route 6 markers / signs to be placed from D Ave. west of
Ladora to the boundary of Poweshiek County, west of Grinnell. The
cities of Victor and Brooklyn will be back on Route 6 for the
first time since 1956!
"Two signs went up today (July 18, 2012) on the western
outskirts of Davenport,
and more are on their way!"
- David Darby
The goal of the Iowa Association is to establish
Historic U.S. Route 6 signage along the old alignments between
Davenport and Council Bluffs. It is also our goal to have a
travel guide about the great places to visit and things to do.
However, to accomplish our goals requires your financial
support as a member and/or sponsor. This project is part of our
economic development program. Feel free to contact me should you
have any questions.
The Iowa U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association is a
Not-for-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) "Public Charity" dedicated to the
cultural preservation and economic development of inner cities,
small towns and rural communities located along Iowa's Historic
U.S. 6. The Iowa Association is a State Division of the National
U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association.
George and Thelma Nopoulos Owners of the Wilton
Candy Kitchen in
Wilton, Iowa with Kimberly K. Sloan, web site
Website Design ) , and Student Intern with our
Association. Kimberly is currently a full-time student
majoring in Journalism at Muscatine Community College and
lives in Wilton, Iowa.
Newton is the perfect Central Iowa
get-a-way. Whether you enjoy historical
museums or visiting sites on the national
register of historic places like the Jasper
County Courthouse, St. Stephen's Episcopal
Church, August Bergman Inn or Maytag
Park; love to walk through nature on a hike
and bike trail or through the Newton
Arboretum and Botanical Gardens; whether
you are interested in world-class auto
racing at Iowa Speedway, enjoy community
festivals or love to golf; or would like to
tour over 70 installations of art and
sculptures, enjoy shopping in an eclectic
downtown atmosphere, or want to tour the
Maytag Dairy Farms and sample the
internationally famous Maytag Blue Cheese,
Newton has many attractions making our
community a destination and a perfect place
for a fun-filled weekend, family reunions,
or motor coach tours. Visit
www.visitnewton.com. Newton …We Saved a
Place For YOU!
MISSION: The QCCVB is the official
tourism destination marketing and management organization
for the Quad Cities region. The organization serves the
tourism interests of Scott County in Iowa and Rock Island,
Mercer, Warren and Henderson Counties in Illinois, joined by
the Mississippi River.
The QCCVB increases visitor expenditures and overnight stay
through strategic sales, marketing , and services to our
customers, members and communities. We promote and package
our destination to attract and meet the needs of meetings
and conventions, group tours, sporting events and
competitions, special interest group and the leisure
When I drive on Highway 6, I see ghosts. I can see my late
father making his rounds from Chicago to Denver in the 1950 's
and 60 's as a sales representative. I can see Jack Kerouac and
his alter ego, Sal Paradise hitching rides across Iowa with the
many truck drivers who haunted its storied path. I can see the
pioneers crossing Iowa. And I can see the towns and buildings as
they used to be. I grew up on Highway 6 in Davenport, Iowa and
at night, before going to sleep, I could listen through the open
windows of my house, to the sounds of hot rods, motorcycles, and
the drone of semi trucks passing down its well-traveled
pavement. I would dream of the places these people were
traveling to. In the summers my parents had a camp we went to
every year, and of course, we drove Highway 6 to get there,
passing through towns like Probstei, Walcott, Durant, and
Wilton. Sometimes we would go further on, through Atalissa and
West Liberty, to visit Iowa City.
Over the years, I've watched many changes take place. Businesses
came and went. The road that went through town was widened from
two to four lanes when I was twelve years old. Then I watched as
the interstate took over. It truely makes sense to write about
this stretch of highway that is such a large part of my life.
After all, there is a special feeling I get when I travel that
road, especially when I hit a stretch of original pavement. It
feels like a well broken in pair of shoes, or my favorite pair
of holey jeans. You can see and feel
the paths that tires of countless cars and trucks have left over
the nearly eighty years of existence. You form a kinship with
the road, whose trail was perhaps first blazed by the Indians.
George R. Stewart, author of U.S. 40: Cross Section of the
United States of America, commented that "Route 6 runs
uncertainly from nowhere to nowhere, scarcely to be followed
from one end to the other, except by some devoted eccentric". I
could not disagree more. The more I study Highway 6, the more
history, and more special people, places, and things I discover.
If you are looking for the real 'Radiator
Springs' like in the movie "Cars," you will find it here.
Whether it 's the single grave of a long gone six year old girl,
the childhood home of Nancy Drew author Mildred Wirt Benson, a
bank robbed by Bonnie & Clyde, or the scene of a Jesse James
train robbery, there are more stories to be told than I will
ever have room for here - stories for you to discover. After
all, there is no shame in being a 'devoted
eccentric.' Nowhere indeed!
Our goal is to
work in partnership with the communities along the highway,
to add 'Historic' signage along the
old alignments, boost morale, preserve our culture, establish
educational programs, and promote tourism/commerce in each of
the 40 plus communities along U.S. Route 6 in Iowa. Together, we
can help these communities, and enrich our experiences. The
interstate took commerce away from many of these communities, we
can bring it back.
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The U.S. Route 6
Tourist Association is a Not-for-profit IRS 501 (c) (3)
"Public Charity" Corporation
dedicated to the economic development and cultural preservation of
inner cities, small towns and rural communities located along all
3,652 miles of the Grand Old Highway.
We are currently all non-paid volunteers, either retired or keeping
our day jobs. Some of our student interns have worked their way up
to the position of Executive Director. The Association covers all
expenses related directly to Association activities.