Historic Route 6 program Sunday at Horse Creek Inn

Friday, January 17, 2014

McCOOK, Nebraska -- Historic U.S. Route 6, which passes through McCook, had its Nebraska roots in 1911 when civic leaders from Southwest Nebraska joined transportation advocates from further east to form the State Good Roads Association.

This historic fact -- along with many other interesting facts -- will be discussed Sunday afternoon at the Horse Creek Inn in McCook. Marcia Kuiper of Gretna, the executive director of the U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association in Nebraska, will present the program, which will begin at 2 p.m.

At a time when the route was called "the best dirt road in America," good road advocates gathered in Holdrege on May 16, 1911, to see what could be done to improve road conditions. Among the men taking part in that meeting were A. Barnett, McCook; J.L. Patterson, Arapahoe; J.O. Hardy, Stratton; G.Y, Kittle, Palisade; and J.M. Prime, Oxford.

Their pioneering work was crucial, because 374 miles of paved highway in Nebraska now provide a central link to what has become the longest transcontinental highway in the United States. U.S. Route 6 stretches all the way from Provincetown, Massachusetts, to Long Beach, California. U.S. Route 6 winds its way through 14 states, covering a grand total of 3,652 miles.

Now, a movement has started to more fully take advantage of U.S. Route 6's proud history and tourism potential.

To show and tell more about the U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association, Mrs. Kuiper has developed a PowerPoint presentation. Everyone is welcome to attend the Sunday program, which is free to all who attend.

The U.S. Route 6 Tourism Association event is being presented with the assistance of Carol Schlegel, the director of the Red Willow County Visitor's Committee.

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