Route 6


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About Us

This is a collaborative project among the following Route 6 aficionados: Curt and Elizabeth Roseman of Moline, IL (formerly of Los Angeles, CA); and Kevin Patrick of Indiana, PA. Please email our contact with any quesitons.

For several years we have been collecting and compiling information on U. S. Highway 6, which in 1937 became a numbered transcontinental federal highway. From that date until 1965, Route 6 extended from Provincetown, Massachusetts at the very tip of Cape Cod to Long Beach, California. For that twenty-eight year period, it stretched 3662 miles and was the longest of the great transcontinentals. The second longest, Route 20, was (and still is) 3345 miles long (Weingroff, 1987). The length of the somewhat more famous Route 66 pales into insignificance because it was not transcontinental, extending a mere 2448 miles to Chicago from Santa Monica, California. Today, the western terminus of Route 6 is at Bishop, CA. 

Our ongoing investigation of Route 6 emphasizes not only the road itself, but also its roadside landscapes and its regional and historical contexts. Most other highway research is primarily historical, including classic books on U. S. 40 (Stewart, 1953) and the Lincoln Highway (Hokanson 1988). Much of the scholarly work places emphasis on the origins and early evolution of highways, usually up to the period of transition from named to numbered highways in the 1920s, and on the historical components of the highway landscape that are still visible today. [In addition, numerous popular books and guides have appeared, such as Route 66: A Guidebook to the Mother Road by Moore and Grauwels (1966).]

Navagating the Map

Clicking on the national map above leads to clickable maps that allow you to zoom down to the county level. On each Route 6 county page is a sampling of scenes along the road and other Route 6 information. State borders and end points of the highway also have separate pages. With a few exceptions, the images are arranged from west to east (left to right on the map) on each county page,. **Please note that the map feature is not mobile-friendly.


We thank Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, for helping create this Web site and hosting it from 2004 to 2010. The 2004 winter term cartography class at Augustana drew the maps for this site under the tutelage of Geography Instructor Cathy Dowd. Two members of that class made important additional contributions: Stephanie Ashe revised and refined the maps for use on the site and Gwen Facchina, using our material, designed the Web site. In addition, we thank Cathy Dowd and Charles Mahaffey, Augustana Geography Department Chair, for facilitating and supporting our work.

In 2010, Heritage Documentaries, Inc. began hosting the site. We thank Leslie DuPree and Shawn Beatty of Augustana College and Dr. Ezra Sidran, a Heritage board member, for their help in making the transfer arrangements. Today the site is managed by board member Chris Mandle, whose assistance is greatly appreciated. 

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Curtis C. Roseman is Professor Emeritus of Geography, University of Southern California, Elizabeth M. Roseman is an independent scholar, and Kevin J. Patrick is Professor of Geography and Regional Planning, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Above, Elizabeth is holding one of our most prized possessions.


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