|Russell J. Lombard,
President & CEO
U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association
1657 S.W. Old Clifton Rd.
Port Orchard, WA. 98367
Bernice A. Maxfield,
Chair of the Board
U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association
P.O. Box 8179
Port Orchard, WA. 98366
|And to think this all started as the result of a High School Student Project back in 2000.
U.S. Route 6
Special November Days
November 2023 is set to be an exciting month filled with a variety of special days celebrated across US Route 6.
On November 23, we celebrate Thanksgiving, a holiday that brings families and friends together to give thanks for all the blessings of the year.
Following Thanksgiving, Black Friday presents an opportunity to snag the best deals of the year on all sorts of goods, from electronics to fashion.
November 24 is Native American Heritage Day, a day dedicated to honoring the indigenous peoples of America and their contributions to the nation's cultural heritage.
The next day, November 25, marks Small Business Saturday, a day when shoppers are encouraged to support local small businesses in their communities.
After the weekend, we have Cyber Monday on November 27, offering a chance for shoppers to score big online discounts and deals.
Finally, we wrap up November's special days on November 28 with Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to giving back to the community through donations and volunteering.
With these exciting days lined up for November 2023, there's no shortage of opportunities to celebrate, shop, and give back.
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Welcome to the
U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association ®
Federal ID Number: 91-2136205
NOTE: All tax deductible donations received during 2023 will be used to help support our Student Internship Programs.
A $20.00 donation would be greatly appreciated.
You will receive a personal Letter of Appreciation from
US Route 6 Tourist Association for your donation.
Thank you! The Route 6 Team
Red Skelton - Pledge of Allegiance on Vimeo
In 1969, Red Skelton wrote and performed a monologue about the Pledge of
Allegiance. In the speech, he commented on the meaning of each phrase of the
pledge. He credited one of his Vincennes grammar school teachers, Mr.
Laswell, with the original speech. The teacher had grown tired of hearing
his students monotonously recite the pledge each morning; he then
demonstrated to them how it should be recited, along with comments about the
meaning behind each phrase. - Source Wikipedia
(Posted November 2020)
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Web Site by Curtis Roseman
Route 6: The Longest Transcontinental Highway - U.S. Map
Curtis C. Roseman Obituary - Moline, Illinois ,
TrimbleFH@TrimbleGroup.com | Tribute Arcive
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Are You Ready?
One big beautiful mural of Historic U.S. Route 6 - Long Beach,
CA to Provincetown, MA.
Murals | Shoemaker's Travel Center
Shoemaker's Travel Center is
located in Lincoln, Nebraska. Definitely a "must" stop
for your bucket list.
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Above Picture by David Darby
Enjoy the beauty and adventure of exploring the Grand Old
Historic U.S. Route 6 is the oldest, longest and highest of the
old roads. The historic Highway is 3,652 miles long, with a high
point of 11,990 feet.
It runs from the waterfront in Long Beach, California through 14
states to the waterfront at Provincetown, Massachusetts which is
located at the tip of Cape Cod.
We are inviting you to be our eyes and ears and participate by
sharing with us information about community events in your Route
6 neighborhood. If the event is free and open to the general
public your story / information will be posted on our web site
free of charge.
Feel free to ask questions.
You don't have to live in a Route 6 state to be a member.
The fact is, nearly half of our SPONOSORS do not live in a Route 6
state. They are individuals and car clubs who simply
enjoy the adventure of exploring the old roads.
Let us keep you on the historic alignment!
Senior high school and college student
interns play a major role in our programs and activities.
We are all volunteers, either retired or keeping our day jobs.
Mentoring is the most rewarding part of what we do.
We definitely could use your financial tax deductible support!
We are inviting you to be our eyes and ears and
participate by sharing with us information about community
events in your Route 6 neighborhood. If the event is free and
open to the general public your story / information will be
posted on our web site in exchange for a $25.00 donation.
This is definitely the web site you need if you are looking for
some great U.S. Route 6 media coverage.
Please limit your correspondence to 750 characters. However, we
will accept links to related web sites or pdfs.
Just remember, we are a family oriented organization and
maintain the right to edit all material we receive.
We would also like to know about preservation and/or restoration
projects that may be of public interest. This would include most
everything from historic buildings to bridges, etc.
Contact Name, Address & Phone Number
Name of the Event, Description, Location & Date
Should you have any questions contact;
A $25.00 Tax Deductible Donation
Would be Appreciated!
Look forward to hearing from you!
A Transcontinental Journey Through Time on U.S. Route 6
An interview with Roger C. Bratt
Vice President - Program Development
National - U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association
A Transcontinental Journey Through Time on U.S. Route 6
NOTE: Money received from a Route 6 State can only be used to support the
programs and activities within the State from which it was received. All
other donations will be used to support our National - International
Marketing Programs on behalf of all the Route 6 States.
Meet Aprylle Gilbert
Recently Aprylle was appointed to the position of
Ambassador at Large on behalf of the U.S. Route 6 Tourist
Association. Many of you may remember Aprylle as the lady who in
2015 ran all 3,652 miles of the Grand Old Highway from the
waterfront in Long Beach, California to Provincetown,
Massachusetts which is located at the tip of Cape Cod. She made the
run to raise money for a youth center in her hometown.
Above; Don Doucette our Executive Director for
the State of Massachusetts presenting Aprylle the President's
Volunteer Service Award and Gold Medal.
The U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association provided the logistics for
this historic coast-to-coast run. Should you have any questions
or wish to contact Aprylle;
Aprylle Gilbert is the Executive Director / Producer of Route 6 Productions,
the Audio - Visual Division of the National - U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association. Email:
Aprylle Gilbert: Coast to Coast for Kids | City of
Lancaster - YouTube
Aprylle Gilbert Arrives in Provincetown on Vimeo-Video
A high school student tour through McKean County, PA.
Turn on the sound and enjoy the video.
Take 6 -
Join the Route 6 Team!
Russ Lombard with his 1956 Cadillac Coupe deVille at the local A&W Cruise. Russ lives in Port Orchard, Washington.
Pictures by Mimi Fassio - April 06, 2016
(Above & Below)
Hunter, Executive Director of our new state division >
Ohio U.S. Route 6
Tourist Association .
(You can now visit the Ohio Facebook and Happening pages.)
Gary L. Hunter
Only with your financial support can we preserve the history of
the Grand Old Highway aka the Grand Army of the Republic
(Memorial) Highway. Become a sponsor or donate today! We are a
Not-for-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) "Public Charity".
Fed. ID: 91-2136205
The oldest, longest and highest of the old roads!
Guy R. Cook, Vice President - Webmaster
Effective February 14, 2022 by a vote of the Board of
Directors of the U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association, let it be
known that Guy R. Cook has been appointed to the position of
Vice President and that of official Webmaster for the
National - U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association.
Mr. Cook is also an official spokesperson on behalf of the
National – U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association.
NOTE: Mr. Cook has served as Webmaster on behalf to the
Association for over 20 years.
Meet Kim Koyle who has recently been appointed as our
Director of Economic Development (Cultural Preservation).
Kim is a talented graphic artist with interest in
Kim has a passion for preserving our American Heritage.
Her goal is to assist communities in making their dreams
Her current project is Eureka, Utah.
Here is an example of some of her before and after graphic
Eureka, Utah | Facebook
To learn more you can contact Kim at;
Kim - Roundup time at the Ranch!
Join the adventure of
exploring the old roads!
John Buchanan departed yesterday
August 19, 2013 on U.S. 20 from Boston's Kenmore
Square to travel across the U.S. to Newport, OR.
Then, south via the Pacific Coast Highway to
Long Beach, CA and then, east on U.S. Route 6 to
Meet (Left to Right) Bailey Phares, Andi Bagley,
Karla Pina and Samantha Perscell.
Picture by Paul Kuhlman, Member - Summer of 2013
Sign - East End in Provincetown, Massachusetts
Now, what we need is a "Picture of the Month" of a similar
sign located at the West end in Long Beach, California. This
would be a definite plus for tourism. Hundreds of people each
year stop at the above sign for a photo-op before starting
their cross-county adventure on America's oldest and longest
Pearsonville is a small Route 6 community of 17 people located in the upper Mojave Desert of California. The 30 Ft. tall Lady is aka the Uniroyal Gal is just one of those unique roadside attractions that take you down Memory Lane. She overlooks the Historic U.S. 6 alignment currently called Sterling Road.
(Thank you Lisa at Subway for the conformation!)
Pearsonville is also know as the "Hubcap Capital of the World".
Item of Interest
(February 1936 - Santa Clarita, CA - Archives)
"Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times" U.S. 6 - Feb. 5, 1936
More movies have been filmed on or along U.S. 6 than
any other highway in America. The above was filmed along what is now
known as the Sierra Highway just north of the City of Santa Clarita,
California. However, the City of Santa Clarita did not exist at the
time. The area in 1936 was known as Saugus - Newhall.
Film Office - Santa Clarita, California
Massachusetts is now a state division of the National Association,
effective as of May 18, 2011.
For the past few years Don Doucette has been our official Agent and Ambassador at Large in Massachusetts. Through his efforts he has established Historic U.S. 6 Route signage at the East end of the Grand Old Highway in Provincetown.
Eventually Don hopes to have signs along the entire historic alignment. However, to accomplish this requires support of individual SPONOSORS, communities and businesses. This is part of our economic development program to encourage vacation travelers to explore the 6.
Massachusetts U.S. Route 6 (6A on the Cape) provides a wealth of cultural, natural and economic resources for the nostalgic or practical highway traveler.
Whatever your travel interests, old Massachusetts U.S. Route 6 provides 118 miles of travel exploration and enjoyment opportunities just waiting and ready to go. Don looks forward to your involvement as an active member of the Route 6 Team.
Massachusetts Association Web Page
Welcome to Colorado!!
Land of Adventure”
Meet Kenneth Oltjenbruns. Ken was our past Administrative
Assistant and is now our Executive Director of the Colorado U.S. Route 6
Ken is actually exchanging positions with Mary Tomky
who served as the Executive Director since 2004. We all appreciate
Mary’s hard work and dedication. Mary, thank you!
Ken will be overseeing a number
of programs and projects and would like to invite individuals,
businesses, counties, cities, small towns and
rural communities to become SPONOSORS so they can participate in the
decision making process. This also includes high school and college
students who have an interest in history and in the future economic
development of their community. Students will have the opportunity to
participate in our Student Internship Program.
Besides working on economic development and cultural
preservation projects, Ken will be working closely with Aprylle D Gilbert our
Executive Producer – Director of Route 6 Productions in the making of a
documentary movie about the Grand Old Highway.
For more information visit the Colorado Association
web page at
Colorado Map and Directory web page
about Preserving our American Heritage
Michele M. Heitzmann
If your business, organization or school is looking for that
special Keynote Speaker give us a call.
Michele is Vice Chair on the Board of Directors of the
National U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association.
She will address the Association's current and proposed
economic development (tourism) and
cultural preservation (American's small towns) programs.
Learn about proposed projects which include audio-visual
productions, an Internet Route 6 travel guide,
regional museums and visitor centers and Historic US 6
signage across the nation.
As part of our educational program, Michele will stress the
importance of including
Sr. High School and College student interns in the
development of the Association.
Learn about the history of the Grand Old Highway.
Her talks are educational, informative and fun.
The U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association is a
Not-for-profit IRS 501 (c) (3)
Welcome to Connecticut
Joe Hurley, Executive Director
Joe Hurley would appreciate the opportunity to meet
and talk with car clubs, business and elected community leaders
about the future of the Grand Old Highway. The big question being,
how can we preserve our American Heritage and at the same time
address economic development along the historic alignment?
U.S. Route 6 is the longest highway ever established in the United States. Our association
is dedicated to its preservation and to the economic well being of all
entities along its path. With this site we hope to be your top source
for Route 6 information. We also hope to be an interactive exchange
of interesting stories and Route 6 experiences. So, if you have a great
story you'd like to share with us, or an interesting picture, feel free
to contact us and we'll post it on our site. We're more than happy
to take a little break to share a good story.
special "Thank You" to James R.
Hendricks, composer and performer of our
theme song, "Long
James Hendricks - Biography
When we started in October, 2000, the high school students were
looking for music to go with the web site.
There is also a link to the source MP3 file of
Lonesome Highway by Jim Hendricks
out the Latest Story of U.S. Route 6
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