The Nebraska 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 the Grand Old
Fed. ID No. 91-2136205
We are on file with the Nebraska Secretary of State as an approved Not-for-profit "Public Charity".
Working to Preserve Our American Heritage!
Family owned and operated businesses.
Marcia Kuiper will continue to serve the U.S. Route 6 Tourist
Association as our Ambassador at Large. Thank you Marcia for the
great service you have provided over the years on behalf of the
Nebraska Association. We will be forever grateful.
Please contact us regarding any special community events you would
posted on our web site. Email:
Small Town Law Enforcement
Small Town Cops, a NET News documentary, considers the changing role of police work in Nebraska’s small towns and rural areas. Even in the safest communities where everyone knows everyone else, police are trained to prepare for school shootings, encountering drug traffickers, and facing an increasing number of calls involving mental illness. In Small Town Cops, experienced and newly-trained officers explain what’s changed and why the still believe in serving their communities and keep them safe.
(the video link below 56:39) Small Town Cops - YouTube
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Marcia J. Kuiper, past Executive Director of the Nebraska U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association
and Ashley (Hofmann) Thompson, Ambassador at Large for the National Association and the
first Executive Director of the Nebraska Association. Ashley joined the Route 6 team as a Student Intern from
Hastings College back in 2003.
Picture was taken at the Sutton Showcase event February 8, 2014.
GREENWOODS FIRST HISTORIC HWY 6 SIGN HAS ARRIVED!
THE GREENWOOD HISTORICAL SOCIETY
WOULD LIKE TO SEND A BIG THANK YOU OUT TO THE SACCA FAMILY
FOR BECOMING A SIGN DONOR.
Home of the Greenwood Historical Society
(Art work by Kim Koyle, Director of Economic Development -
Cultural Preservation for the
National U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association
Kim Koyle - Eureka, Utah )
Historic Railroad Station - Greenwood, NE
organizations, and communities is what solidified my interest in the U.S.
Route 6 Tourist Association. My husband Brad and I have two businesses which
are located in the heart of historic downtown Gretna just a block from where
Highway 6 makes a 90% turn on its main street.
Nebraska U.S. Route 6 tourist Association was formed in 2003 to help Route 6
communities re-discover their heritage and also to draw vacation travelers
to the many small and large businesses and sites to visit along the historic
Gretna has the distinction of
having old Highway 6 come right through our downtown area. Since our
current Highway 6 no longer follows this route, we wanted to draw people and
business to our Historic Downtown area by posting signs identifying the
original alignment (See Sign Picture Below)
Having lived in the area for nearly
30 years, it excites me to learn more of the history of what makes Gretna
have the theme “Gretna, a Great Life”. Gretna has been labeled as the
fastest growing community in Sarpy County and the Gretna Downtown
Association is finding new ways to attract the public to the charm in our
Just this past year, we are
excited to announce the addition of several new businesses that have opened
their doors in the Historic downtown area. These include a florist & gift
shop, homespun weaving shop, a new bakery and bistro, and a new Children’s
Library. There are many established businesses in the downtown area that
would love to tell you more of their history and why they love it here.
The World famous Vala’s
pumpkin patch is nearby and every fall hosts thousands of visitors, young
and old alike. They even have a “kid/adult ride that you can take on Highway
6 in their pedal cars.
Marcia J. Kuiper at Vala’s – Gretna, NE
I would like to invite all the
Route 6 communities (cities, small towns and rural communities) together
with businesses from Omaha to the Colorado state line to join together with
the common goal of Economic Development and the Preservation of our American
Heritage along the Grand Old Highway.
Time to join together and exchange ideas. Interested?
Malerie Yolen-Cohen, Travel Writer and Member walking with
Roger Bratt, Webmaster for the Ashland Historical Society.
(Picture by Suzi Nelson, Editor & Mgr. of the Ashland
Gazette - June 13, 2011)
Malerie's book about her Route 6 adventures will
be available this Spring.
Learn about great places to visit, eat and stay
when traveling the 6.
TOMORROW AND BEYOND
Economic Development and Cultural Preservation
“Route 6 was a critical transportation and communications link in the
development of Nebraska and neighboring states. I hope to preserve the
memory of that contribution and look forward to working with the
citizens of Nebraska to make the Cornhusker portion of Route 6 the
central hub of the Association and the extended Route 6 community.”
A major challenge for the Nebraska Association is to create economic
growth in the inner cities, small towns and rural communities.
High school and college students are encouraged to join the
Association’s internship program. There are no membership dues for
full-time students or active military personnel.