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?
Feel free to ask questions.
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.
To learn more about the Nebraska Association and how you can become a
member contact us at
Gretna is the first City in Nebraska to establish
Historic U.S. 6 Route
signs along the old alignment. 2011 Thank You!!
Route 6 landmark opens in
This workbench behind this unrestored 1925
Ford Model T is original to the circa 1919
"Main Street Garage", now
The Filling Station Restoration in Sutton, Nebraska
York News-Times > News > Route 6 landmark opens in Sutton
Jerry R. Johnson, and Liz Hofmann, "Dug-Out Days" in Sutton, NE. June 30, 2007
We all know Jerry, however, Liz Hofmann is new to the Association. Liz became a
member of the Board of Directors of the National Association in June, 2007. She will
oversee our Youth and Student Internship Programs. She is the Vice President of the
Sutton Historical Society and an active member of the Sutton Chamber of Commerce.
Over the years she has been a school teacher (Her teaching certificate is current) and
worked with various community youth programs including being a Girl Scout leader.
Here is a picture of David Kunes the young man who is bicycling the "6"
to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Behind him, left to right, are Liz L.
Hofmann our Vice Chair - Educational
Programs, Ashley J. Thompson - Executive Director of Program Development
Jerry R. Johnson our Executive Director for the State of Nebraska.
(In front of the Museum - July 29, 2007 Sutton, NE -
Picture by Rita Johnson)