How long is Route 6?
In the United States, it is 3652 miles from the tip of Cape Cod to Long Beach, California. In Pennsylvania, it is 427 miles long: 400 miles from the New York/ New Jersey line to the Ohio line and 27 miles of Route 6N from Mill Village to Lake Erie (this was the original terminus of US Route 6 before it completely stretched across the country).
Did you know that US Route 6 was named the Grand Army of the Republic Highway by the same group that started Memorial Day? The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War are responsible for the legislation creating Memorial Day and for convincing 14 states to dedicate US Route 6 as the Grand Army of the Republic Highway. Governor James Duff designated Pennsylvania's portion in 1948.
Is US Route 6 known by other names?
The Grand Army of the Republic (Memorial) Highway is the present official name, however, during the late 20s and early 30s it was also known as the Roosevelt Highway, after President Theodore Roosevelt. Prior to 1926 it was called (in-part) the Midland Trail Roadway. US Route 6 Tourist Association.
Did you know?
- The Johnson-Shaw Stereoscopic Museum in Meadville honors the art of stereography – the stereoscope evolved into the modern day viewmaster.
- A statue of George Washington in Waterford is the only one in the world featuring the first President of the United States in a British uniform.
- During the oil boom, Warren County had more millionaires than any other place in Pennsylvania.
- McKean County was home to the first billion-dollar oil field in the world.
- Former “Untouchable” Eliot Ness retired to Coudersport when he left his post with the federal government.
- The first night football game in the world was played at Mansfield University.
- The Bradford County Courthouse in Towanda features one of the only five known “Lady of Justice” statues that does not wear a blindfold.
- Pitcher Christy Mathewson, one of the first five players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, hailed from Factoryville.
- Scranton was the site of the first community electric railway system in the country.
- The Roebling Aqueduct in Lackawaxen is the oldest wire suspension bridge in the US.
- The wintery scenery in his hometown of Honesdale inspired composer Richard Smith to pen “Winter Wonderland”.