Route 6 has plenty of stories to tell

  • Posted on: 6 February 2015
  • By: Editor
Route 6 runs along 37th Avenue in Hobart until it cuts north on Ripley Street to join the Borman Expressway.

Among the nation’s highways, U.S. Route 66 has become synonymous with Americana, its story captured in songs and television shows as well as marketing campaigns to attract international tourists.
U.S. 6, which rolls through Des Moines, never has enjoyed such recognition. But supporters say that Route 6 has “half the digits and twice the kicks” of its cult-status counterpart.

Classic Car Road Trip to Advocate for Historic Highway, Local Shops

  • Posted on: 7 September 2014
  • By: Editor

DES MOINES, Iowa – If you’re a classic car lover, there’s still time to take part in a road trip across Iowa on Highway 6.

The drive isn’t until October, but the Iowa U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association is trying to get the word out now. The goal of the three-day “River to River Retro Road Trip” is to raise awareness of the history of Route 6, and to support small mom-and-pop shops along the way.

Bikers begin ride across Iowa on U.S. Highway 6

  • Posted on: 14 June 2014
  • By: Editor
Motorcyclists head toward U.S. Highway 6 via West Broadway, starting on the 100 Block, Friday morning at the beginning of the River to River Motorcycle Cruise, which was sponsored by the Iowa Division of the Route 6 Tourist Association. The bikers made their way through towns such as Adel and Newton, with Davenport being their final destination.

By Kirby Kaufman
Just remember: Under Iowa law, scooters and mopeds are motorcycles, too.
About 20 people gathered Friday in Council Bluffs in the 100 block of Broadway to begin a ride across Iowa along U.S. Highway 6 as part of the River to River Motorcycle Cruise.
Rodger Freel and his wife, Tami, both of Des Moines, chose to ride a scooter because they had recently switched from motorcycles.

River to River: Iowa's Forgotten Highway 6

What do Bonnie & Clyde, Jesse James, Nancy Drew, John Wayne, Jack Kerouac, Gary Cooper, a meteorite strike, and the inventor of barbed wire have in common? U.S. Route 6 in Iowa takes two-lane motorists from Davenport on the Mississippi to Council Bluffs on the Missouri. Built in one day by 10,000 farmers and businesses across the state, Iowa's Route 6 is part of the second longest transcontinental highway in America.