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U.S. Highway 6 is a largely east-west United States Highway that connects Bishop, California with Provincetown, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. It was the longest U.S. highway between 1937 and 1964 when it reached Long Beach, California. It was decommissioned south of Bishop as part of California's highway renumbering system, making U.S. Highway 20 the longest US highway. Since US 20 does not exist through Yellowstone National Park, US-6 is still the country's longest continuous US highway. Route marker sign: U.S. Highway 6 This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... Current U.S. Highway shield The United States Highway System is an integrated system of roads in the United States numbered within a nationwide grid. ... Bishop is a city located in Inyo County, California. ... Provincetown is a town located at the tip of Cape Cod in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... Cape Cod Cape Cod (1033 km²) is an arm-shaped peninsula forming the easternmost portion of the state of Massachusetts, in the northeastern United States. ... 1937 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1964 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... County Los Angeles County, California Area  - Total  - Water 170. ... Decommissioned highway Largely in the United States of America, as the states build freeways as a new classification of highways, the state may strip the old highway of its old designation as a numbered highway or downgrade it to a lesser status. ... Categories: Stub | United States Highway system ... Yellowstone National Park is a U.S. National Park located in the states of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. ...

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History

US 6 was one of the first national arteries proposed in 1926 and went only as far west as the Hudson River in New York. It has since been extended westward, mostly at the expense of other routes including most of old U.S. Highway 32 between Joliet, Illinois and Council Bluffs, Iowa and old U.S. Highway 38 between Omaha, Nebraska and Denver, Colorado before 1937, after which it was extended to Southern California. In California it was a north-south highway, violating the convention that only east-west routes have even numbers. 1926 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... View of the Hudson in the 1880s showing Jersey City The Hudson River, called Muh-he-kun-ne-tuk in Mahican, is a river running mainly through New York State but partly forming the boundary between the states of New York and New Jersey. ... State nickname: Empire State Other U.S. States Capital Albany Largest city New York Governor George Pataki Official languages None Area 141,205 km² (27th)  - Land 122,409 km²  - Water 18,795 km² (13. ... U.S. Highway 32, or US-32, is an early (1926) designation of an east-west highway between Chicago, Illinois and Council Bluffs, Iowa. ... Joliet, Illinois is a suburb of Chicago located in both Will and Kendall counties. ... Council Bluffs is a city located in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. ... U.S. Highway 38 is the early, long-defunct (since the 1930s) designation of an east-west route connecting Omaha, Nebraska and Denver, Colorado. ... Mayor Mike Fahey County Douglas County, Nebraska Area  - Total  - Water 1,290. ... Denver is the largest city and capital of the state of Colorado, United States of America. ... Southern California Los Angeles, rush hour on the Harbor Freeway San Diego Southern California, sometimes abbreviated SoCal, is an informal name for the southern one-third of the state of California. ... State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Official languages English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ...


In 1964, California truncated US 6 at Bishop in favor of U.S. Highway 395, California State Highway 14, U.S. Highway 99 (now Interstate 5), California State Highway 11 (now Interstate 110 and California State Highway 110), and California State Highway 1 from north to south. All of old and current US 6, at least as far west and south as the intersection with old US 99 is known as the Grand Army of the Republic Highway in honor of Union veterans of the American Civil War. United States Highway 395 is a scenic highway that starts in the Mojave Desert at Interstate 15 near Hesperia, runs along the east side of the Sierra Nevada in the Owens Valley, winds through Carson City, Reno, back into California, crosses through the Modoc Plateau, and into eastern Oregon, into... California 14 is a north-south highway largely in the Mojave Desert, also known as the High Desert, just east of the crest of the Sierra Nevada in its northern part. ... Detail from antique road map of US 99 through California. ... Interstate 5, or I-5, is an interstate highway along the west coast of the United States. ... The Harbor Freeway goes under many bridges as it passes through downtown Los Angeles The Harbor Freeway as it passes under the elevated portion of the HOV/bus transitway. ... California State Route 110 extends from from California State Route 47 in USA. Most of Route 110 south of Interstate 10 is designated Interstate 110; the southernmost section is again signed as a state route. ... California State Route 1, more generally known as Highway 1, or in Southern California as the Pacific Coast Highway or P.C.H., runs along the Pacific coast for most of the length of the US state of California. ... G.A.R. Memorial, Washington, D.C. The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was a fraternal organization composed of veterans of the Union Army who had served in the American Civil War. ...


States traversed

State nickname: Bay State Other U.S. States Capital Boston Largest city Boston Governor Mitt Romney Official languages English Area 27,360 km² (44th)  - Land 20,317 km²  - Water 7,043 km² (25. ... State nickname: The Ocean State Other U.S. States Capital Providence Largest city Providence Governor Donald Carcieri Official languages None Area 4,005 km² (50th)  - Land 2,709 km²  - Water 1,296 km² (32. ... State nickname: The Constitution State Other U.S. States Capital Hartford Largest city Bridgeport Governor M. Jodi Rell Official languages English Area 14,371 km² (48th)  - Land 12,559 km²  - Water 1,809 km² (12. ... State nickname: Empire State Other U.S. States Capital Albany Largest city New York Governor George Pataki Official languages None Area 141,205 km² (27th)  - Land 122,409 km²  - Water 18,795 km² (13. ... State nickname: The Keystone State Other U.S. States Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Governor Ed Rendell Official languages None Area 119,283 km² (33rd)  - Land 116,074 km²  - Water 3,208 km² (2. ... State nickname: The Buckeye State Other U.S. States Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus Governor Bob Taft Official languages None Area 116,096 km² (34th)  - Land 106,154 km²  - Water 10,044 km² (8. ... State nickname: The Hoosier State Other U.S. States Capital Indianapolis Largest city Indianapolis Governor Mitch Daniels Official languages English Area 94,321 km² (38th)  - Land 92,897 km²  - Water 1,424 km² (1. ... State nickname: Land of Lincoln, The Prairie State Other U.S. States Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Governor Rod Blagojevich Official languages English Area 149,998 km² (25th)  - Land 143,968 km²  - Water 6,030 km² (4. ... State nickname: The Hawkeye State Other U.S. States Capital Des Moines Largest city Des Moines Governor Thomas Vilsack Official languages English Area 145,743 km² (26th)  - Land 144,701 km²  - Water 1,042 km² (0. ... State nickname: Cornhusker State Other U.S. States Capital Lincoln Largest city Omaha Governor Dave Heineman Official languages English Area 200,520 km² (16th)  - Land 199,099 km²  - Water 1,247 km² (0. ... This is the article on the state. ... State nickname: Beehive State Other U.S. States Capital Salt Lake City Largest city Salt Lake City Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. ... State nickname: Silver State, Battle Born State (official) Other U.S. States Capital Carson City Largest city Las Vegas Governor Kenny Guinn Official languages None Area 286,367 km² (7th)  - Land 284,396 km²  - Water 1,971 km² (0. ... State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Official languages English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ...

Major cities on the route

Although it does not pass through either New York City or Chicago, it does pass through some of their outer suburbs. View of ships docked at New Bedford New Bedford is a city located in Bristol County, Massachusetts. ... Fall River is a city located in Bristol County, Massachusetts. ... Providence is the capital and largest city in Rhode Island, a state of the United States of America. ... Hartford is the capital of the state of Connecticut, in Hartford County. ... The Scranton Electric Building, seen from the side. ... City nickname: The Forest City Location in the state of Ohio Founded 1796 Incorporated 1836 County Cuyahoga County Mayor Jane Campbell (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 213. ... Sandusky is a city located in Erie County, Ohio. ... Bowling Green is a city located in Wood County, Ohio, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 29,636. ... Gary is a city located in Lake County in northwest Indiana in the suburbs of Chicago. ... Hammond is a city located in Lake County, Indiana. ... Joliet, Illinois is a suburb of Chicago located in both Will and Kendall counties. ... The Quad Cities are four cities which straddle the Mississippi River in the midwestern United States. ... Iowa City is a city located in Johnson County, Iowa, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 62,220. ... The State Capitol of Iowa, featuring its golden dome. ... Council Bluffs is a city located in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. ... Mayor Mike Fahey County Douglas County, Nebraska Area  - Total  - Water 1,290. ... Lincoln is the capital city of the State of Nebraska, in the United States of America. ... Hastings is a city located in Adams County, Nebraska. ... Denver is the largest city and capital of the state of Colorado, United States of America. ... City nickname:The Heart of the Antelope Valley County Los Angeles County, California Area  - Total  - Water 243. ... Downtown Los Angeles skyline facing northeast toward the San Gabriel Mountains on a clear winter day. ... Chicago (officially named the City of Chicago) is the third largest city in the United States (after New York City and Los Angeles), with an official population of 2,896,016, as of the 2000 census. ...


Related routes and spur routes

Interstate 195 supplants it as a through route between Providence and Cape Cod. Interstate 84 supplants it, in general, between Hartford and Scranton, and was planned to extend east to Providence. Interstate 80 is within 40 miles (64 km) of it between Cleveland and Lincoln. Interstate 76 supplants it between Sterling, Colorado and Denver. Interstate 70 supplants it between Denver and Green River, Utah. Looking east at I-195 in Providence, Rhode Island around 1959. ... Interstate 84 runs from Scranton, Pennsylvania at an intersection with Interstate 81 to Sturbridge, Massachusetts at an intersection with the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90). ... Interstate 80 as seen from an overpass in Davis, California Interstate 80 is the second-longest interstate highway in the United States. ... Interstate 76 runs from Interstate 70 in Denver, Colorado to an intersection with Interstate 80 near Big Springs, Nebraska. ... Sterling is a city located in Logan County, Colorado. ... Green River is a city located in Utah. ...


U.S. Highway 106 (decommissioned) was an alternative in eastern Pennsylvania. U.S. Highway 206 is a spur largely in New Jersey. U.S. Highway 138 is a child of US 38, which US 6 incorporated. An "Alternate U.S. Highway 6" existed in Connecticut; U.S. Highway 6N runs through Pennsylvania and Ohio as a shortcut to Lake Erie. United States Highway 206 is a north-south United States highway in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, United States. ... U.S. Highway 138, a short east-west highway between US 30 in western Nebraska and Sterling, Colorado, where it met the long-defunct U.S. Highway 38 (now U.S. Highway 6) along the South Platte River in Nebraska and Colorado, and that child route related to old US... U.S. Highway 38 is the early, long-defunct (since the 1930s) designation of an east-west route connecting Omaha, Nebraska and Denver, Colorado. ...


Oddities

  • US 6 takes a semi-circular route through the Cape Cod Peninsula (dictated by topography). Formerly, it took both sides along the Cape Cod canal, but is now routed only on the north side.
  • It is often reported to be a violation of the numbering system because it is wholly south of numerous other US routes with higher even numbers (8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, and 26). In fact, in north-central Ohio, part of it (from Cleveland, Ohio to Fremont, Ohio) lies to the north of U.S. Highway 20, the lowest-numbered even U.S. Highway that intersects US 6. At this longitude, US 6 is the northernmost U.S. Highway, though US 2 was once signed through Canada.
  • Until 1964, it crossed U.S. Highway 66 twice (in Joliet and Los Angeles), and even crossed Interstate 10 (also in Los Angeles).
  • Between Ely, Nevada and Grand Junction, Colorado it was duplexed with U.S. Highway 50 before Interstate 70 was completed in Utah. US 6 takes the older route through Price, Utah.
  • Its route through greater Los Angeles once had its southern terminus farther east than its entrance into California on the California-Nevada state line. Even today its current 'western' terminus in Bishop, California, lies farther east than its entrance into California from the Nevada state line. It is currently recognized and signed as a north-south route in California, but it was apparently east-west until it was truncated to US 395.[1] (http://www.geocities.com/usend0009/End006/end006.htm)
  • Although its general direction east of the California state line points it toward the San Francisco Bay Area, the steep Sierra Nevada made any extension toward any destination west of the Sierra Nevada (most likely along present-day California State Highway 120 through Tioga Pass to Manteca) at least as far south as Bakersfield impractical due to winter closures, engineering costs or environmental degradation.
  • Taking US 6 all the way from upstate New York to the West Coast is one of the early, unrealized goals of the narrator character (Sal Paradise) in the famous "beat" novel On the Road by Jack Kerouac.
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U.S. Route 6 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (3182 words)
US 6 was originally proposed in 1925 as a short route from Provincetown west to Brewster, New York.
U.S. 6 is the old U.S. 6 forms an arched shape route with Spanish Fork at the apex.
All of old and current US 6, at least as far west and south as the intersection with old US 99, is known as the Grand Army of the Republic Highway in honor of Union veterans of the American Civil War.
Nevada @ RockyMountainRoads.com - U.S. Highway 6 (1417 words)
U.S. 6 was extended in 1932, replacing U.S. 32 and 38 between Greeley and Chicago.
U.S. 6 followed part of the preferred route in the Northeastern U.S. The Theodore Roosevelt Highway boosters influenced the states to move U.S. 6 onto the Theodore Roosevelt Highway.
Various incarnations of the original U.S. 6 are visible on both sides of U.S. 6 as it ascends and descends Montgomery Pass.
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