Welcome to U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association

U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association
Dave Darby, Executive Director
1916 2nd Ave. SE
Altoona, IA 50009
Phone: 563-499-8211


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Spaulding Inn Bed and Breakfast

Country Arts & Antiques - Marengo, IA
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West Side Family Restaurant, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner in Grinnell, Iowa
West Side Family Restaurant, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner in Grinnell, Iowa

Anita Grand Motel, Anita, Iowa
Anita Grand Motel, Anita Iowa

 Farmers National Company - Archie Kuntz - Brooklyn, IA 52211

Welcome to Farmers National Company 

Archie Kuntz, President
Pro Farm Seller, Inc.
4043 160th Street
Brooklyn, IA 52211

PH: 641-510-2109
FAX: 641-522-7018


The Lamplighter Inn - Walcott, IA
The Lampliter Inn - Walcott, Iowa

The Ladora Bank Bistro

Ladora Bank Bistro Picture

Ladora Bank Bistro - Contemporary Elegance, Historic Splendor

True Value Hardware - Brooklyn, IA
True Value Hardware Stores : Local Home Improvement

Sudbury Court Motel & RV Park - Marengo, IA
Sudbury Court
Motel & RV Park 
Marengo, Iowa

Classic Deli & Ice Cream Parlor, Brooklyn IA
Welcome to The Classic Deli and Ice Cream Shoppe

Brooklyn, Iowa

M & I Weather Vane Cafe - Brooklyn, IA
M&I Weather Vane Cafe
Anita, IA

Quad City Candle Co. - Wolcott, IA

Quad City Candle Company 

Toni's Treasures - Wilton, IA

Toni's Treasures - Wilton, Iowa

Turkey Creek Lodge and RV Park - Atlantic, IA

Welcome the Turkey Creek Lodge and RV Park in Atlantic, Iowa in Cass County

Hill Of Beans Bistro - Durant, IA
Hill of Beans Bistro - Durant, Iowa

Dahl Ford - Davenport, IA

Dahl Ford in Davenport, Iowa - Since 1937

Dave Darby w/ Route 6 sign @ Dahl Ford, Davenport IA

Walcott-Farmer's Market - Walcott, IA

Thursdays, from 5:00-7:00 PM

Joe Hurley,
Walking the "6"




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!

The U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association is a National 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 all 3,652 miles of the Grand Old Highway – Route 6.

Not-for-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) "Public Charity"

Yes, we are on file with the Iowa Secretary of State as an approved "Public Charity".
Federal ID No. 91-2136205

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Winter - January 2018 along Lower Highway 6 - West of
Winter - January 2018 along Lower Highway 6 - West of Tiffin, Iowa
Picture by David W. Darby

Welcome to Brooklyn, Iowa
The Community of Flags

Thanks to Rusty Clayton, President of the Brooklyn True Value Hardware Store, he was able to have this mural painted on the side of his building with community financial support. The painting was done in 2015 by local artist Scott Hawkins. Historic Highway U.S. Route 6 passes right thru downtown Brooklyn. Travelers from around the country come to have their pictures taken beside the mural.

Brooklyn, Iowa's main flag display. A proud tribute to the entire country.

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IOWA - JUNE 2014

Bikers begin ride across
Iowa on U.S. Highway 6

IOWA - February 2014
CPC (The Atlantic Community Promotion Commission) approves funding for Historic Route 6 signs


David W. Darby, Executive Director of the
Iowa U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association receives
the President's Volunteer Service Award.
(Council Bluffs, Iowa - Dec. 10, 2013)
Tonight’s Science Cafe to tap local history - The Daily Nonpareil


Marcia Kuiper, Executive Director of the Nebraska Association,
David Darby, Executive Director of the Iowa Association, and
Roger Bratt, Director of Program Development with the
National U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association.

Dave Darby - Facebook

US Route 6 Iowa - Facebook
David has served as the Executive Director since April 2008, a volunteer position with the National U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association. David has mastered logistics and networking bringing together the many communities and small businesses located along Iowa's Grand Old Highway. His talent as a public speaker, writer, graphic artist and professional photographer have been a real plus. Among his many projects he is currently working on making a documentary movie.

U.S. 6 - River to River - Iowa

River to River: Iowa's Forgotten Highway 6: Film Project Updates

If you are looking for that special Keynote Speaker or have any questions about the Iowa Association, I'm sure David would appreciate hearing from you.

Thank you David.

Russell J. Lombard, Founder - President / CEO

In The News
Victor Joins the Effort
to Re-Introduce
Historic U.S. Route 6 to the Nation
(Warrior Tribune - Victor, Iowa)
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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 States.

River to River: Iowa's Forgotten Highway 6


Enjoy a motorcycle ride along the White Pole Road.
(A portion of the original pre-1956 U.S. Route 6 alignment in Iowa.)


April 2013

Iowa Executive Director David Darby presents Coralville Mayor Jim Fausett a certificate of membership and two Historic Route 6 highway signs.


March 2013


New Member of the Iowa Route 6 Team


Paul Kuhlman, Jasper County Coordinator with Route 6 Iowa's official spokesmodel, Angela.
 Paul 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

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. Route 6."
"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 day!"  Rex E. Brandstatter - Facebook


Radio Interview with David W. Darby, Executive Director of the

Iowa U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association


KJAN Radio - Atlantic, Iowa

David Darby-Backyard and Beyond 01-08-2013 KJAN | Radio Atlantic, IA – AM 1220


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. Iowa@route6tour.com
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.



Iowa activity update - June 21, 2012
Wilton-Durant Advocate News RE: Meeting June 14, 2012.


Old 6 gets its proper name back : Quad-City Times: Quad Cities, IA/IL 


Historical Iowa Transportation Maps
1919 - 2010
Official State of Iowa Transportation Maps


Wilton Candy Kitchen, Wilton IA
George and Thelma Nopoulos Owners of the Wilton Candy Kitchen in
Wilton, Iowa with Kimberly K. Sloan, web site designer (Sloan 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. 
Kimberly created an excellent web page for Wilton Candy Kitchen
a member of our Association.
Kimberly will be applying her journalism and web site design talents to aid us in the preservation of small towns and their locally owned businesses. We are excited to have her!


(Cities, Counties, Public Agencies, Chambers and Convention & Visitors Bureaus)
Children's Therapy Center of the Quad Cities
Children's Therapy Center of the Quad Cities
To provide therapy services to children with developmental disabilities and developmental delays in order to help them achieve their highest level of independence.
Anita, IA - A Whale of a Town

The Redwood Steak House - Anita, IA
The Redwood Steakhouse, Anita Iowa

Newton IA CVB
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!
City of Coralville, Iowa
Iowa City/Coralville Area C&VB
George the Chili King
M & I Weather Vane Cafe
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 traveler.  

Welcome to the Durant Chamber of Commerce




Documentary scheduled to begin in Iowa

The Iowa Division of the Route 6 Tourist Association is teaming up with Fourth Wall Films to begin shooting a documentary about scenic and historic attractions along US Route 6 in Iowa.
Iowa - Documentary Movie    Cruising Iowa's 6 - June 10th &11, 2011


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Why Highway 6?

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.



Dave Darby-

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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.

NOTE: 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.


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