U.S. Route 6 Tourist
(A Not-for-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) "Public
Cape Cod Cruise down "Memory Lane"
Historic U.S. Route 6
Cape Cod Cruise
Send me some interesting pictures via
an email and we'll post them on our web site. The Board of
Directors will select the best two pictures and send the
photographers one of our vintage California signs from the
westerly end of the Grand Old Highway.
Photo credits will be provided.
Fred M. Hann, Executive Director of the
California U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association
holding one of the vintage CA Route 6 highway
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location and a short description about the picture(s).
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Money received from Memberships will be used to
help support our Student Internship Programs.
(Feel free to ask questions.)
CAPE COD HISTORY
(see video below)
A May, 1657 deed signed by
Nobscussett chief Mashantampaine handed over to English settlers
Anthony Thacher, John Crow, and Thomas Howes most of the land in
northern Dennis and Yarmouth - pretty much everything you see as you
drive along Route 6A from Barnstable to Brewster. The Nobscussets
were then relocated to a reservation in the vicinity of Scargo Lake,
known to the Native Americans as Nobscusset Pond, where today an
ancient burial ground holds the mortal remains of that now extinct
tribe. There are no stones to see, only a plot of land encircled
with a granite and iron fence, and a plaque that identifies the spot
as “The Burial Ground for the Nobscusset Tribe of Indians.” The
tribe’s 17th-century Sachem, Mashantampaine, is buried here.
The people of the area today known
as Cape Cod were engaged in beaver skin trade with both England and
France. In 1614, English Captain Thomas Hunt captured over 20
Nausett (the Nobscussett Indians were part of the Nausett
confederation) and Patuxet Indians, brought them to Spain, and sold
as many as he could into slavery. The captures outraged the Indians
and they stopped the trading. In 1618/19, a plague killed most of
the Nobscussett. Possibly, the burying of the dead from this plague
marks the origin of this Burial Ground.
The Nobscussett was the first tribe to meet the Mayflower Pilgrims.
The Pilgrims had come ashore looking for food and found bushels of
corn that the Nobscussett had left as an offering for their
ancestors. The Pilgrims took as much of the corn as they could
before the Nobscussett were able to get them out of the area.
Years later, the Pilgrims returned to the Nobscussett. The Pilgrims
began converting them to Christianity, and the Nobscussett became
one of several tribes in Massachusetts that became known as "Praying
Indians". In 1793, the Nobscussett Indians were all killed by
neighboring Indian tribes.
The Town of Dennis voted to fence in this burial ground in 1828, and
have been maintaining it ever since. There is a hedge-lined trail
from Route 6 to the Burial Ground.
In My Footsteps: Cape Cod -
Nobscussett Burial Grounds - YouTube
Annual Scallop Festival
Sept. 19, 20 and 21, 2014
Cape Cod Fairgrounds
Looks like there will be a
great opportunity to catch the ship sailing through the canal to
the Mass Maritime Academy from July 23-24 and for some great
U.S. Route 6 picture taking of the ship passing under the
Mark your calendar!
What is the Cape Cod
CapeCast is presently
featuring a short video about the Cape Cod Hedge found on the
a U.S. 6 and State 28 highway roundabout.
THE HERRING ARE
THE HERRING ARE
The spawning season for herring is in full
gear as many waterways spanned by US Route 6 (6A) here in
Massachusetts are supporting a number of very active herring
This is one of our ancient natural traditions
so long an attraction to curious folk in these parts. Herring
and the blooming of daffodils coexist during this southern New
England rite of spring.
Meet Ray Bombardier, President of the Bay State Corvairs
Picture - The Sun Chronicle - Oct. 2013
Don Doucette, Executive Director of the Massachusetts U.S. Route
6 Tourist Association and John Buchanan who is with the Mass
Cruisers Auto Club. Also, meet "Wellfleet" the bear, the official
mascot of the MA Tourist Association.
Getting his kicks on Route 6 - The Sun Chronicle : Local News
ROUTE 6 HAPPENINGS!
Cruise at Al Mac's Diner is every Thursday from
5 PM til 9 PM (closing) - May
(Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.)
Meet Salty the Seahorse
THE SPECIAL EVENT!
U S Route 6 Weekend Cruise to Provincetown
About this video
"The inaugural U.S. Route 6 Providence to Provincetown
Cruise Weekend on October 6 & 7 had exceptionally nice
autumn weather despite many weather forecasters
predicting gloom. Although that may have prevented some
from chancing a 118 mile cruise to PTown, over 200 did
show up at the Province Lands Visitor Center in
Provincetown to claim their commemorative dash plaques
provided courtesy of Factory Five Racing as well as a
signed farmable certificate of participation from Bob
Bramwell who was manning the PTown Rally Point with his
wife Linda assisted by Ron Churchill. Massachusetts U.S.
Route 6 Executive Director Don Doucette was blown away
by the response for this first time cruise event which
is attempting to place this beautiful stretch of highway
on every auto enthusiast’s annual event calendar. Author
Joe Hurley, who walked the entire length of Route 6 from
Provincetown to Long Beach California and his wife Pat
also made the cruise together, a first for them also,
autographed copies of his newly released book, “10
Million Steps on Route 6”. There was one glitch with the
Buzzards Bay RR Station Rally Point having to be
scratched at the last minute due to a double booking
issue, but Jeff Clark's West Barnstable RR Station Rally
Point and the John Remedis & Patti Lloyd Centerville
Visitor Center Rally Point coverage saved the day for
us. If you missed this year’s cruise, it will happen
again next year on the first weekend in October. And
remember, “You’ll Get Twice the Kicks on Route 6”."
Could this be Wellfleet the Bear?
Welcome, New Member!
The Mass Cruisers Auto Club
How about giving one of our
large Massachusetts Historic Route 6 signs.
For a $150.00 donation which will be used to
help support our student internship programs you will receive an
official 2 ft. X 3 ft. highway sign as shown below.
These are beautiful signs with the diamond
For a $50.00 donation you can receive one of
the smaller street signs.
(below held by Don Doucette)
(Donation includes insurance and shipping
within the U.S.A.)
Tax deductible as permitted by law.
The sign in the above picture is located on Cape Cod
outside of the Town of Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Tourism Office of Provincetown, MA
Welcome to the
Provincetown Chamber of Commerce!!
Cape Abilities Farm - Dennis, MA
Abilities Farm Fall Harvest - YouTube
Meet Don Doucette our Executive Director of the
Massachusetts U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association, a state division of the
As Executive Director, Don
Doucette brings his lifelong energies and interests to the fore. Don has
explored New England through the avocation of day tripping for many years.
Recently, Don along with wife Nancy, have visited all 351 incorporated
municipalities represented within the Bay State. Don has seen the many moods
of his native Commonwealth from various angles and it is no wonder that when
Don was enlightened recently with the existence of the U.S. Route 6 Tourist
Association that Don found a new opportunity for local exploration and
For Don, any section of Massachusetts U.S.
Route 6 is only a day trip away. And so, he and Nancy are presently
exploring and getting to know better their own Massachusetts U.S. Route 6.
As responsible neighbors, Don and Nancy are realizing that Massachusetts
U.S. 6 is "in their backyard"
and as a result, Don invites you all over for a visit. He wishes to share
the many resources of Massachusetts U.S. Route 6 with those who are so
inclined. Don hopes for a local organized core group â€“ a Massachusetts
Division of the National U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association. Please get
involved through your memberships and bring your energies, talents and
experiences to the total U.S. Route 6 preservation movement â€“ old U.S.
Route 6, the Grand Army of the Republic Highway. It's worth preserving and
worth promoting as a valuable National cultural and economic resource.
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.
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