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  1. From the album: US-6 - The Longest Highway

    Perhaps because this was the longest US-numbered highway, perhaps because the Grand Army of the Republic organization had adopted it, someone installed a plaque to mark the end of the highway. It was dedicated in May, 1953 and reads, in part, “This monument marks the western end of a coast to coast highway, extending a distance of three thousand six hundred fifty-two miles, through fourteen states.” The occasion was a gathering of five service-related organizations, including the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. The plaque was originally located in front of the Municipal Auditorium, but when that building was demolished sometime in the 1960s, it was moved to the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. It’s interesting to note that neither of these buildings was out at the corner of the Pacific Coast Highway and Atlantic Avenue, where maps have shown the actual end of the route. Because of this, some have theorized other locations for the original end of US-6, such as the interchange of the Long Beach Freeway at Pacific Coast Highway, or the Los Alamitos traffic circle, or even south of the Pacific Coast Highway at the Performing Arts Center. At any rate, it the end of my US-6 Roadtrip!

    © © 2017 - Milne Enterprises, Inc.

  2. From the album: US-6 - The Longest Highway

    Felix Chevrolet has been selling cars on Figueroa Street since 1921 and has a wonderful neon sign out front featuring Felix the Cat. The Felix character was borrowed from the popular cartoon "Felix the Cat" by pioneering automobile dealer Winslow Felix, who was a friend of filmmaker Pat Sullivan, whose animation studio created character. The original sign was erected in 1957 and a newer version has been added one block north. As we’re driving a 1962 Chevy Impala, this would be an appropriate place for a maintenance check. I should note that I’m staying on Figueroa Street even though US-6 had been moved onto the Harbor Freeway by 1962. The freeway is only 1-2 blocks off the street, so on this Day 36 of my US-6 roadtrip we’ll be passing the same places, but we will get to see more, and stop whenever we want, on the old road.

    © © 2017 - Milne Enterprises, Inc.

  3. From the album: US-6 - The Longest Highway

    Pioneer Village is a museum run by the non-profit Harold Warp Pioneer Village Foundation. It began as a private museum and tourist attraction to showcase the development of technology, especially in the United States, from the pioneer days of 1830 to about 1953, when the village opened. Pioneer Village opened to the public in June of 1953 and was fully stocked with historical artifacts and buildings bought by founder Harold Warp just for this use. When I last visited in 1974, the village boasted over 30,000 artifacts, but now claims over 50,000 historical items, so the collection has grown. It is now the largest private collection of Americana anywhere. Nearly all items have been restored to working order. On Roadtrip-'62's Day 28, we spent half a day as we crossed Nebraska's prairie on US-6!
  4. From the album: US-6 - The Longest Highway

    Among the places that you could see in 1962 and still can today is the Amana General Store. The Amana Heritage Museum operates it and stocks the shelves with dry goods and merchandise reminiscent of bygone days. They also operate the Communal Kitchen & Cooper Shop Museum, a blacksmith shop, a print shop and more in the Amana Colonies, just off US-6. Amana was one of many places we traveled to on Day 22 of my virtual roadtrip of US-2.

    © Public domain photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey Collection, Library of Congress

  5. From the album: US-6 - The Longest Highway

    Neon sign at the Corner Grill, with a bonus 7up sign. The top line "Maxwell House Coffee" is lit during the day but the others are not, leaving me to wonder if they still work. Right on old US-25 and only a block off old US-6 on the 16th day of my virtual roadtrip.

    © © 2013 - Milne Enterprises, Inc.

  6. From the album: US-6 - The Longest Highway

    The downtown canyon on Vincent St. Roadtrip-'62 spent the 13th day of our US-6 trip here today, seeing such sites as the Federal Reserve Building and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

    © © 2013 - Milne Enterprises, Inc.

  7. From the album: US-6 - The Longest Highway

    It's US-6 at both ends, but for some strange reason, it takes the long way around Pymatuning Lake. The causeway is instead occupied by OH-85 and PA-285! They cross the state line just about at the center of the lake.

    © © 2013 - Milne Enterprises, Inc.

  8. From the album: US-6 - The Longest Highway

    This bank branch is the smallest I've ever seen, barely larger than a couple rooms of my house. It seems to be exclusively for drive-in banking, and has been updated with a drive-up ATM. Looks like late 1950 or early 1960s style.

    © © 2012 - Milne Enterprises, Inc.

  9. From the album: US-6 - The Longest Highway

    This old view scope is at Colton Point State Park, Pennsylvania, just off US-6. You can still get great views of the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania for only a quarter.

    © © 2012 - Milne Enterprises, Inc.

  10. From the album: US-6 - The Longest Highway

    The Sherwood Motel has an office decorated with a nice country inn feel and located in a big 1890s house in front of the main motel buildings. I stayed in the older one-story motel building and was not disappointed. The owner said it was built in 1951-52 and I found the rooms have been well cared for, and even nicely updated. The doors even have electronic keys! The two-story buildings out back were built in the late 1960s, which is too new for my 1962 trip focus.

    © © 2012 - Milne Enterprises, Inc.

  11. From the album: US-6 - The Longest Highway

    Wyalusing Rocks Scenic Overlook, on US-6, rises about 500 feet above the Susquehanna River. If you want a short hike up and down, there is a footpath from the parking area to the rocks. There is also interpretive signage including a Pennsylvania Historical Marker for the Warrior's Path, erected in1929. In fact, if you like historical markers, there are nearly a dozen along US-6 near Wyalusing, and nearly all of them were installed before 1962.

    © © 2012 - Milne Enterprises, Inc.

  12. From the album: US-6 - The Longest Highway

    The Village Diner is right next door to the Scottish Inn, making a convenient stop for travelers. It's about 10 years newer, though the menu has been significantly updated in recent years, away from typical diner fare.

    © © 2012 - Milne Enterprises, Inc.

  13. From the album: US-6 - The Longest Highway

    One of many waterfalls along and near US-6 in northeastern Pennsylvania. This one is in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area near Milford, PA and we saw it on day 7 of my US-6 roadtrip.

    © © 2012 - Milne Enterprises, Inc.

  14. From the album: US-6 - The Longest Highway

    Currently operating as a Scottish Inn, this motel dates from about 1946. It has been well cared for and still provides a comfortable night's sleep. It's right on old US-6, with a view of the freeway just beyond that.

    © © 2012 - Milne Enterprises, Inc.

  15. From the album: US-6 - The Longest Highway

    Leaving Cape Cod on US-6. Though the bridge hasn't changed much since it was build in the 1930s, the rotary at the west end was replaced a few years ago by a standard freeway interchange.

    © © 2012 - Milne Enterprises, Inc.

  16. From the album: US-6 - The Longest Highway

    Up until 1959, you could take a train from Boston or New York to Hyannis, Massachusetts. There was no year-round passenger service between 1959 and 1986, when Amtrak began running trains again. Even that service has ceased, but tourist day trip service has been available sporadically under different railroad names since. Today the Cape Cod Central Railroad provides both scenic and dinner trains. The same tracks used in 1962 pass cranberry bogs, sand dunes, and historic villages, roughly paralleling US-6.

    © © 2012 - Milne Enterprises, Inc.

  17. From the album: US-6 - The Longest Highway

    The Wellfleet Drive-In Theatre has been here since 1957. Though the sound system has been updated, some of the parking spots still have the original Mono speakers for nostalgic listening pleasure. The business has grown over the years, with a four screen movie theater, restaurant, and mini-golf. I love miniature golf and even owned a portable mini-golf business once. This course is a 1961 vintage 18-hole course with the original obstacles, so how could I resist!

    © © 2012 - Milne Enterprises, Inc.

  18. roadtrip62

    US-6 Beginning

    From the album: US-6 - The Longest Highway

    No, you're eyes do not deceive you. US-6 sports some of these signs that you are more used to seeing along US-66. This one is at the beginning of the highway, outside of Provincetown, Massachusetts.

    © © 2012 - Milne Enterprises, Inc.

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