U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association
1657 S.W. Old Clifton Rd.
Port Orchard, WA.  98367
Phone: 360/876-5063



John Deere Restructures Operations to Strengthen Future Growth

John Deere, renowned for its iconic green and yellow tractors and crop harvesters, is making strategic adjustments to secure its future. Despite the announcement of layoffs affecting around 610 production staff at plants in Illinois and Iowa by the end of summer, the company remains committed to evolving its business model to meet changing market demands.

Strategic Adjustments Amid Market Changes

The company is reducing its workforce by 280 at the East Moline, Illinois plant, 230 at the Davenport, Iowa facility, and 100 production employees at the Dubuque, Iowa plant, with layoffs effective from August 30. These decisions are driven by reduced demand from these factories, ensuring that John Deere remains agile and responsive to current market conditions. In a statement to Fox Business, John Deere emphasized that rising operational costs and declining market demand necessitate enterprise-wide changes. These adjustments aim to best position the company for future success and efficiency.

Support for Affected Employees

John Deere is committed to supporting its employees during this transition. Affected workers will receive Supplemental Unemployment Benefit (SUB), covering about 95% of their weekly net pay for up to 26 weeks, depending on their years of service. Additional support includes profit-sharing options and health benefits.

Expanding Global Operations

Earlier this month, John Deere announced plans to transition the manufacturing of skid steer loaders and compact track loaders from its Dubuque facility to Mexico by the end of 2026. This move aims to address rising manufacturing costs and improve operational efficiencies, optimizing factories for future products and leveraging a global labor force.

Commitment to Innovation and Efficiency

John Deere's decision to optimize its operations includes making existing factories more efficient and capitalizing on strategic locations both in the U.S. and globally. This approach ensures that the company can continue to produce high-quality, innovative products while maintaining competitiveness in the global market.

Addressing Market Challenges

John Deere has faced various market challenges, including lower crop prices, which have resulted in excess inventory of unsold tractors and combines. Some agricultural equipment sellers have offered discounts and suspended new orders, reflecting the broader industry trend. The Department of Agriculture has also forecast a 25.5% slide in farm income this year, impacting demand for agricultural equipment. Despite these challenges, John Deere generated $10.166 billion in profits last year and reported $27.42 billion in net sales and revenues over the first two quarters of this year. With a market capitalization of around $102.81 billion, the company remains a significant player in the agricultural equipment industry.

Future Outlook

John Deere continues to monitor and adjust its operations to meet evolving market demands. By making strategic decisions today, the company aims to ensure long-term growth and stability. For more information on John Deere’s updates and future strategies, visit Fox Business. --- John Deere, established in 1837, is one of America's oldest companies, embodying resilience and innovation. With a focus on efficiency and future growth, Deere is poised to continue its legacy of excellence in the agricultural equipment industry.

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Keeping up with Kathryn Barger

Route 6 Tourist Association provides reliable weekly updates about 5th District - County of Los Angeles and the greater area. Keeping up with Kathryn covers everything from local news, city events, attractions and more! She even sends out special content for occasions like holidays or long weekends--must-read content for locals as well as travelers.

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Armenian History Celebration Event

Join us in celebration of Armenian Culture, History and Heritage during a joyous community event! Armat is the word for “root” in Armenian language.
Armat: Armenian History Celebration represents the shared roots of Armenian Heritage in Glendale.

GLAC chose the pomegranate tree graphic to honor our connectedness with branches representing the people of the Armenian Diaspora in our community,
growing together from the shared roots.

Children’s Armenian Storytime Reading and Welcome from Glendale’s Poet Laureate Raffi Joe Wartanian
Demonstration from Chef Ara Zada
Dancing with Lernazang Ensemble
Family Crafts
Local Exhibitors

Event Details: April 13, 2024
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Pacific Community Center
501 S. Pacific Avenue Glendale, CA 91204 - Google Map

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The Queen Mary: A Historical Renaissance

Her Legacy Sails On

With a legacy as deep as the ocean blue, the Queen Mary's journey is etched in history-over 2 million souls carried and countless servicemen during WWII. Today, we're thrilled to report that the storied Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, is getting a new lease on life with restoration efforts that honor her glorious past.

Rising to Former Glory

In a monumental feat of preservation, Long Beach has hit a significant milestone:

  • Lifeboat Renewal: Twenty lifeboats once hindering the ship's structure are gone, easing 100 tons off her shoulders.
  • Saving History: Two original lifeboats poised for future preservation, ensuring the Queen Mary's story is told for generations.
  • Structural Revival: Her hull is getting the TLC it deserves, set to strengthen her core and restore her iconic stature.

What Lies Beneath

It's more than just a makeover. This restoration is a promise to protect a piece of our shared past, paving the way for substantial internal restoration:

  • Internal Healing: Work begins within, mending the fabric of this maritime marvel from the inside out.
  • Anticipation Builds: With all eyes on the horizon, we await the completion of this phase with bated breath later this year.

Share in Her Story

Are you as excited as we are to witness this majestic transformation?

  • Be part of history with #QueenMaryRestoration.
  • Stay tuned for updates and sneak peeks into her journey back to grandeur.
  • Spread the word—every share, like, and visit supports the Queen Mary's revival.

Join us in rallying behind the Queen Mary—because restoring beauty like this means preserving the soul of history itself. Keep sailing with us!
Visit https://queenmary.com/ for more on the legacy and future of the Queen Mary.
The Queen awaits, will you step aboard?

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Discover Golden Colorado

Take the leap and immerse yourself in the wonderland of Colorado's Route 6 this February. Your next story begins here!

This February, indulge in the winter wonders of Golden Colorado on Route 6! With its combination of thrilling outdoor activities, breathtaking scenery, and rich historical tapestry, Route 6 in Colorado isn't just a destination; it's a vibrant journey through the heart of American heritage.

Unleash Your Inner Snow Enthusiast

  • Sledding Thrills: Join fellow adventurers at Golden Heights and Heritage Dells Parks. These aren't just hills; they’re launching pads to joy. Whether you're looking to speed down slopes or bask in panoramic views, these spots are your go-to!
  • Ice Skating Glory: Feel the magic under your feet at Golden Gate Canyon State Park. Prefer something a bit more heart-pumping? Snowmass Mountain is calling all tubers for epic fun!
  • Winter Hiking Oasis: The hush of snow-covered trails and the beauty of icy waterfalls make Golden an unmatched hiking paradise. It's where silence speaks and nature whispers.

Capture the Moment

Grab your camera! The frosted trees, the untouched snow—it's a photographer's and influencer's heaven. Share the beauty with the world and leave everyone awe-struck.

Step Into History

Traveling Route 6 is like traversing through time:
Since 1937, it’s paved the way through Colorado's heartland.
Follow the footsteps of pioneers and the echoes of the transcontinental railroad.
Explore landmarks that tell stories of days gone by.
When history intersects with the present, you get more than just a trip; you embark on an unforgettable experience.

Are you ready to create unforgettable February memories?

Visit: Discover the winter soul of Colorado on Route 6. Your quintessential snowy escape is closer than you think.
Share: Found a breathtaking view or had a snowball fight for the ages? Use #Route6Adventures and let your journey inspire others!
Connect: Follow us for updates and tag us in your escapades—we love seeing your adventures come to life!

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Sandusky, Huron Township area motel owner worries ODOT project will put him out of business


ODOT is looking to build a series of roundabouts along the congested and high-accident stretch of U.S. 6.

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National Illinois Day is celebrated annually on December 7, and it is a day to commemorate one of the nation's most exquisite states. Did you know that Illinois was the 21st state to join the United States? It is known to be associated with many prominent U.S. politicians in history and is a remarkable Midwest state with many museums, attractions, traditional food, entertainment, and other great local activities. #NationalIllinoisDay

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We're deeply grateful for your generous $500 donation to the US Route 6 Tourist Association!

Your support plays a crucial role in our mission to promote tourism and preserve the heritage of Route 6.

Here's how your contribution helps makes a difference:

Supports local businesses by increasing visitor traffic

Preserves the historical and cultural legacy of Route 6

Join us in celebrating this journey by sharing your Route 6 experiences using the hashtag #Route6TouristAssociation.
Remember, every mile you travel, every story you share, helps keep the spirit of Route 6 alive.

Thank you again for your support!

Together, we're keeping the history of Route 6 alive and thriving. #GivingBack #Route6TouristAssociation

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Experience the heart and soul of Indiana on Indiana Day. This historic celebration pays homage to the state's crucial role in shaping the United States. Discover the captivating past that contributed to Indiana's growth and influence today. Join us as we commemorate the remarkable events that shaped Indiana into the vibrant state it is today. 
Thu Nov. 16th #NationalIndianaDay

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Man arrested in shooting death of Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy

$250K reward to be offered in ambush shooting death of L.A. County Sheriff’s deputy

Authorities looking into whether car seen in security video has connection to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputy’s death

Community mourns fallen Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputy killed in ambush shooting

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy dies after being shot in his patrol car by an unknown assailant

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Werner Enterprises driver, Tim Dean, has achieved a remarkable milestone in his career by driving 5 million accident-free miles. This outstanding accomplishment showcases Tim's dedication to safety and professionalism on the road.

Tim Dean, who has been driving for Werner Enterprises for 35 years, joins an elite group of drivers who have reached this impressive milestone. He is one of only two drivers in the company's history to achieve this feat.

Driving 5 million accident-free miles is an extraordinary accomplishment that requires exceptional skill, attentiveness, and commitment to safety. It is equivalent to driving around the world more than 200 times. Tim's achievement reflects his unwavering focus on maintaining a high standard of safety while delivering goods across the country.

Werner Enterprises, a premier transportation and logistics company, recognizes and honors Tim Dean for his exceptional achievement. His accomplishment highlights the company's commitment to safety and excellence in the industry.

Werner Enterprises

This milestone serves as an inspiration to fellow truck drivers and emphasizes the importance of safe driving practices. Tim Dean's achievement reminds us of the critical role that professional drivers play in ensuring the safety and efficiency of our transportation system.

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Hurricane Hilary Tips

Hurricane Hilary Tips from communities in California

From Los Angeles, https://emergency.lacity.gov/alerts/notifyla  with the title of "NotifiyLA Sign-up"  urging residents to Sign up today  "During a disaster, there are never too many ways to receive a possibly life-saving alert. That’s why the City of Los Angeles will use multiple ways to reach you during life-threatening events. The best way to ensure you receive alerts is NotifyLA.

https://www.glendaleca.gov/government/departments/fire-department/emergency-preparedness in the email last evening has Hurricane Hilary Emergency Preparedness Information 

    Here are some items to include in a disaster supply kit:

  • Water: One gallon per person per day for drinking and sanitation
  • Food: Non-perishable food that can sustain each person for one day, such as canned meals, fruits, and energy bars
  • Radio: Battery-powered or hand-crank radio, and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight: With extra batteries
  • First aid kit: With manual
  • Whistle: To signal for help
  • Dust mask: To help filter contaminated air
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape: For a shelter-in-place
  • Books, games, and puzzles: For children
  • Fire extinguisher: For earthquakes
  • Medications: For you or your family members
  • Important family documents: To include in the kit
  • You can also consider adding these items:
  • Water filter and/or water purification supplies
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Toiletry supplies
  • Crescent and pipe wrenches to turn off gas and water supplies
  • Source: Generative AI, is experimental. Info quality may vary.

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Dried Lake Slowly Returns In California – Jolt of Joyful

Owens Lake

Nature's Restoration of Owens Lake! Here is a little history that is currently taking place along Historic U.S. Route 6 in Owens Valley, just south of Lone Pine, California. NOTE: On the Google Map you see Highway 395 which is also the original U.S. 6 alignment.)

Dried Lake Slowly Returns In California – Jolt of Joyful

Owens Lake - Google Maps

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Museum Of Western Film History May 10, 2023

Museum of Western Film History –
Located in Lone Pine,  CA

Museum of Western Film History - Google Maps

The Museum of Western Film History honors the men and women of the silver screen who interpret the lives of the American Cowboy; the legendary iconic movie and TV heroes and heroines of America’s 19th and 20th centuries. In addition, the museum collects and shares more contemporary movie making in the regional area of Inyo County, such as sci-fi genres and other cinematic references to the local landscape.

The area includes: Alabama Hills National Scenic Area | Bureau of Land Management

A top correspondent for one of Germany's largest newspaper writes article featuring Lone Pine, the Museum of Western Film History and John Wayne's "Lost 1936 film"- The Oregon Trail.

In late 2022, Dr Christiane Heil, who writes for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung F.A.Z. (www.faz.net) covering California, Hollywood and Lifestyle features contacted the Museum, and was put in touch with Executive Director, Bob Sigman. Dr. Heil has written about the Academy Museum in L.A. extensively over the last years and wanted to write an article about films about the American West, and their impact on American culture. Sigman arranged for Dr. Heil to tour the museum and participated with her in a couple Zoom interviews. He also provided the writer with access to the museum library archives.

FAZ, is one of Germany's most famous daily newspapers and one of the world's largest correspondent networks and the highest international circulation ( 148 countries) of all German quality newspapers worldwide with a daily circulation of approximately 400,000. The Newspaper, like the New York Times has a flagship Magazine publication, printed quarterly. The article on Lone Pine was in the March 2023 issue.

An English translation of the article can be read HERE.

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Press Release

City of Long Beach, CA

June 4, 2021

City of Long Beach Regains Control of the Queen Mary for First Time in Over 40 Years
(A major destination for many U.S. Route 6 Travelers.)

From: mayor@longbeach.gov
To: us6news@aol.com
Sent: 6/4/2021 7:26:39 PM Pacific Standard Time
Subject: Long Beach Regains Control of the Queen Mary for First Time in Over 40 Years

Dear Richard --

For the first time in over 40 years, Long Beach has regained full control of the Queen Mary. It’s a huge step forward and an incredible opportunity to focus on preservation. The current lessee has surrendered their lease and the city now owns the ship and controls its future. Our top priority will be the historic preservation of this Long Beach icon and we are incredibly grateful for this opportunity.

This coming Tuesday, June 8, the City Council will consider the immediate authorization of infrastructure funds to begin testing and design work for the most critical repairs recommended in recent inspections, including bulkhead repairs, lifeboat removal, and the installation of an emergency generator, temporary bilge pumps, and water intrusion warning systems.

The Queen Mary has been a Long Beach landmark on our shoreline since it first arrived in 1967, and has greeted over 50 million visitors from around the world. I know how much our city cares about our Queen and we are committed to doing all we can to ensure her preservation.

You can read more about the recent actions here.

Thank you,

Mayor Robert Garcia

Robert Garcia - Mayor of Long Beach · 411 W Ocean Blvd 11th Floor, Long Beach, CA 90802, United States
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Andover Villagee, Ohio

It's not a Roundabout, It's a lot more!
(Why you should consider moving to Andover, Ohio)

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Promoting U.S. Route 6 in Washington State

June 2018

This month Russ and Mary Lombard are touring Washington State promoting the Grand Army of the Republic Highway. Many people overlook the fact that the U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association is a national organization and that nearly half its SPONOSORS don't even live in a Route 6 State. SPONOSORS also include individuals and car/travel clubs in Western and Eastern Europe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Above > Russ Lombard, President / CEO of the National - U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association and his wife Mary at the cruise and car show; Bremerton National Airport - Bremerton, WA.

1956 Cadillac Coup deVille

(June 6, 2018)

Cruise and Car Show - Bremerton National Airport - Bremerton, WA.
 The above two pictures were taken by
Jess Young /  Canalside Photography

Stan and Jess Young


From the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, U.S. Route 6 crosses more than 3,000 miles of American soil and has carved out a place in history as one of the country's most famous roads. Route 6 carves a trail through American history

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