US Route 6 is the longest contiguous transcontinental route in the USA. Running from Provincetown, MA to Bishop, CA (and before 1964 to Long Beach, CA), Route 6 goes through 14 states. This is your guide along all of its original 3,652 miles. From Revolutionary War sites to pioneer settlements and western mining towns, Route 6 offers an in-depth lesson in US History, charms of yesteryear and comforts of modern times.
Geologist Michael Ballard writes about the history of both the landscape and roadways in Southern California. This time, he takes on US Route 6 in a blog post on Los Angeles Rocks and Roads. I present the Intro, but to read the complete post, Click Here.
Virtual Tour of US 6
History The road that was to become US 6 in the Santa Clarita area was first constructed as the Mint Canyon Road in 1921. To travel to the Antelope Valley from Los Angeles then one would to have traveled via San Fernando Road to Saugus, Soledad Canyon Road to Solemint and then onto the Mint Canyon Road. During this time, the road from Mojave to Bishop was known as El Camino Sierra, or The Sierra Highway. It was also known as the Midland Trail. In 1938, a bypass around Newhall and Saugus was built from San Fernando Road to Soledad Canyon Road. Also during the same year, the Newhall Tunnel, originally built in 1910, was removed and the road through Newhall Pass was widened to four lanes. This route would remain the main highway to the north from Los Angeles to the Antelope Valley and beyond until 1963.
From my good friend, Danbury Asst. Fire Chief, Bernie Meehan: 4 hours ago Story of the pewter flag. On 9/11/01 our world changed. For me, I lost a good friend, a firefighter, and along with all Americans we struggled to find our new path. Everyone was scrambling to find American Flags for their houses, cars, and uniforms. With the lack of patriotism over the previous few years, there was actually a shortage of flags to go around. I found a small pewter flag at Woodbury Pewter and pinned it to my uniform. Over the years, I generally have some small pin on my uniform; the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, or something. After the Boston Bombing, I knew there'd be another surge of patriotism, even if only for a short while, so I pinned that little pewter flag back on my duty uniform.
Mizpah Fun Fact: In the 1950s and 1960s, "Mizpah Andy" Anderson greeted visitors at the Mizpah and Tonopah, spinning tales of the past. He walked with his burro in local parades, becoming a symbol of the hotel and the town, until his death in 1971.