Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Historical US Route 6 Markers to be Planted in Iowa; Written By Josh O'Leary For the Iowa City Press-Citizen

As a kid, Rex Brandstatter’s parents would send him out of the house with one simple instruction.“They would tell me, ‘You can go anywhere, but you can’t cross the highway,’” said Brandstatter, a lifelong Coralville resident.
The highway was U.S. Route 6, at that time a major conduit bringing cars from all corners of the U.S. through Brandstatter’s small town in the 50's.
Rex Brandstatter, Coralville, IA
Today, Brandstatter, 63, is among a group of Iowans and other preservationists nationally working to plant historical markers along the original Route 6, which cut through Iowa City and Coralville when it was completed in the 1930s as the nation’s longest highway.
The U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association’s Iowa Division — one of 14 states along the highway’s path from Massachusetts to California — has begun marking segments of the old route, and it hopes to soon add Johnson County’s stretch.
The idea is to commemorate that golden age of two-lane travel and bolster tourism in towns the interstate bypassed decades ago.
Read the rest of the Iowa-City Press Citizen article HERE.
Read my original story about Rex, Route 6 and Coralville HERE

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