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The Grand Army of the Republic Highway, U.S. 6, runs from Provincetown on the tip of Cape Cod to Long Beach, California.
Its history is interesting in the ways it was patched together. Bit of trivia: Route 6 was "the road" Jack Kerouac meant to take, but he got caught in a rainstorm on the Bear Mountain Bridge north of NYC, so made other plans.
Photo is the Sagamore Bridge built in 1935 over the Cape Cod Canal on US 6.
I was just touring the Endless Mountains area of Pa on Rt 6 last weekend. A beautiful and overlooked area, thank God. It got me thinking about Rt 6 because I remembered the same Rt 6 going through Westchester from back in my youth. So when I got home I traced the path of Rt 6 and found that it ended at the tip of Cape Cod on the east coast and in Bishop, Ca in the west. That would make a great summer vacation motor tour if someone had the time and money.
#3 sean on 2008-08-05 09:24 (Reply)
Thats a comment I made a few days ago on BD's post about Cape Cod. Great minds think alike, Barrister. As I said in the post I could only trace Rt6 to Bishop Ca and you say it ends at Long Beach. I went back to the maps and I still can't find it past Bishop. Could be my maps or my bad vision.
Another good road trip would be Rt 1 which runs from Key West to the Canadian border north of Caribou Me.
Thanks for the interesting links, B. My father was a bus driver and did charter runs from Yonkers to Bear Mt. He use to take me along whenever possible. This was in the 1950's. From Peekskill to the Bear Mtn bridge, Rt 6 is a scary, winding road overlooking the Hudson River. Back then, the mothball fleet of WW2 warships were docked by the Bear Mtn bridge. It was quite a sight for a young lad like me. To it seemed like there were thousands of ships docked there, although the number was probably far less. Something more for me to research on the internet.
Found photo of mothball fleet. The fleet was docked by Bear Mtn from 1946 to 1971 and it consisted of freighters and warships numbering 189 at peak. Also found website that sold items like furniture and tablecloths from ships in the mothball fleet.