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

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.

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.

CPC approves funding for Historic Route 6 signs

Historic Route 6ATLANTIC – The Atlantic Community Promotion Commission (CPC) approved $680 in funding during its Thursday meeting to help pay for Historic Route 6 Signs. According to the funding request, the funds would be used “to provide (Historic Route 6) signage within the Atlantic City limits. U.S. Route 6 is the longest transcontinental highway in the U.S., and it goes through Cass County, including Seventh Street in Atlantic.

U.S. Route 6 Goes Cross-Country? Behind the Scenes of a Cross Country Odyssey

Several years ago when my youngest son left for college, I decided to leave as well, if only for a month and a half to drive cross-country on the second longest highway in the U.S., Route 6. Also known as the vaguely communist sounding Grand Army of the Republic Highway, US Route 6 was once the longest road in America, running 3,652 miles through 14 states from Provincetown, MA to Long Beach, CA, but fell to second place (Route 20 is longer) after California renumbered its highways in 1964.

Historic Route 6 tour to stop in Newton, pass through Colfax

The Route 6 River to River Classic Car Road Trip is taking place this weekend and the first overnight stop for participants will be in Newton on Friday.
“The Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau is excited once again to welcome the U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association to Newton” Newton CVB Executive Director Linda Bacon said. “Route 6 has been coming to Newton for the last few years and their presence gets a little larger every year; and we were able to partner them with the South Skunk Blues Society and the Thunder Nites in Newton for this and future trips.”


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