By the time you read this, Thanksgiving will be a memory and
holiday/Christmas shopping will be on the top of your priority list.
I’m sure you’ve heard of “Shop Small Saturday”,
or perhaps you have seen pin stickers that proudly display “shop local” or
“shop small,” but have you fully considered the meaning of this movement?
With the arrival of the holidays, it can be tempting to pick up the latest
deals on-line or brave the crowds at a big mall down the line. But have you
stopped to think about where your dollars are going? Sure, you may have
scored the latest and greatest “Batman Vs. Superman Epic Strike Bat-mobile”
for your son, or maybe you took the less stressful route and picked up a
gift card for your picky fifteen-year-old daughter, which is great, but did
you know that holiday shopping can be enjoyable for YOU as well?
It's a fact that each dollar we spend locally helps pay local wages, put
food on local tables, pay local rents and mortgages. It funnels through to
the many nonprofits by the generous donations of local businesses. It
generates sales tax revenue, which supports public services that benefit
Money we spend locally stays local. Do your holiday/Christmas shopping
elsewhere, and your money goes elsewhere.
Shopping local makes sense in other ways. first, you know who you're buying
from - someone you may have known for years - and often you'll purchase an
item that is made locally.
Second, local items are unique. Locally
produced art, books and clothing reflect the wealth of creativity in your
community and enrich our lives. You'll find local food products, as well as
award-winning local brews and vintages, which help nourish and sustain us.
If you're looking for eco-friendly items, your local Route 6 community
offers more than its share.
And, of course, shopping locally includes all the cheer and lights and fun
of the holiday events that accompany the season.
Skip the freeways and fill-ups. There is a lot to enjoy and share in
shopping close to home.
God bless you all! Take care.
Russell J. Lombard, President / CEO
National - U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association
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
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
Take a moment right now to make your
donation of $25, $50, $100 or more.
We are all volunteers, either retired or keeping our day jobs. 100% of your
donation will be use
to help support our goal of preserving our American Heritage along the Grand
Old Highway. (Cultural Preservation - Economic Development)
A Not-for-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) "Public Charity"
Fed. ID No. 91-2136205
Thank you in advance for your support.
Russell J. Lombard, Founder - President / CEO
Help support our Student Internship Programs and Activities
You don't have to live in a Route 6 state to be a member.
The fact is, nearly half of our members 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!
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 the tip of Cape Cod. She made the
run to raise money for a youth center in her home town.
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; Email: US6NEWS@aol.com
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 member or donate today! We are a
Not-for-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) "Public Charity".
Fed. ID: 91-2136205
Welcome Roger C. Bratt - Director of
Program Development with the National U.S. Route 6 Tourist
Roger loves history and is the Webmaster for the
Ashland Historical Society in Nebraska. He will be
working with and coordinating programs and activities
between the current state divisions. He will also be working
on establishing new state divisions of the National
Association. Roger would be your contact person if you are
interested in a state leadership role with our Association.
Meet Nancy Bloom in her 1956
Thunderbird - Nancy and her husband John will took part
in the Historic Route 6 Cruise on the weekend of October
6-7th 2012. Soon we'll have a 2013 Historic Route 6
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
Picture by Martin Grahl - Sept. 2013
Meet Martin Grahl from Memmingen, Germany, standing by a California
U.S. Route 6 sign. Martin plans to travel the Grand Old Highway from
Long Beach, CA to Provincetown, MA.
Item of Interest: The Pleasant Hill Diner may not
be located in an Historic Route 6 town, but it is definitely a
place to visit if you love the 1950s. It is located about two
miles south of the historic Route 6 alignment in Pleasant Hill,
Note: Many of our members don't even live in a
Route 6 state, but simply enjoy the adventure of exploring the
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!)
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.
We welcome Matt Hereford as the Executive Director of the New York U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association. Matt is also an Officer with the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and oversees the Grand Army of the Republic “Memorial” Highway in the State of New York.
Matt is definitely Route 6 to the core and loves exploring the old roads. ….”I can't remember a time when history and research were not a part of my life.”
Should you have any questions or desire additional information
about the New York Association you can email Matt at:
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 members, 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.
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 members 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 Rachel Carey our
Executive Producer – Director of Route 6 Productions in the making of a
documentary movie about the Grand Old Highway.
Marcia L. Kuiper our Executive Director for
the Nebraska U.S.Route 6 Tourist Association.
Nebraska's U.S. Route 6 runs 373.07 miles from the
City of Omaha to the Colorado state line. The historic alignment was
established in 1931.
Along it are three beautiful large cities, Omaha,
Lincoln the State Capitol and Hastings.
The easterly portion of the state there is
considerable urban growth in and round the smaller Cities of Gretna
and Ashland, which are located along the 6 between Omaha and
Lincoln. Further west are the smaller rural communities; many of
which are challenged with decreasing population and the need to
establish economic opportunities in order to survive.
Cultural Preservation and Economic Development
together play a major role in preserving our American Heritage in
the great State of Nebraska. All the Communities, large and small
are part of a network working toward this common goal. To succeed, I
believe it is important to include young people in this team effort.
If you have any questions you can email Marcia at:
Meet David W. Darby, Executive Director of the Iowa U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association. David is a native of Iowa and was raised along the Grand Old Highway. He has a professional background in writing and photography. He is now in the process of completing a book on the history of Iowa’s Historic U.S. Route 6.
He would appreciate the opportunity to meet with individuals, business leaders, city, county and state officials that believe in developing a positive economic future and at the same time preserving our American Heritage.
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.