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US 6 - The Grand Army of the Republic Highway

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Ride Stats:

  • Distance: 234 miles / 376.6 km
  • Ride Time: 1 day
  • Approximate Fuel Costs: $17.78
  • State: Pennsylvania
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felon pro

I noted a day for this ride, because if you have time, there is a lot of history along this route. We were 10 days into a trip and the next day we were expected in Niagra Falls, and had spent too much time in Atlantic City.
This is the portion of US 6 that we rode on this trip, I am told that it is the most scenic portion in Pa. It has a lot of hilly and elevation change. My favorite are the sections where it runs with the river.

In the town of Kane it was getting late and we hit a huge storm, found a mom and pop motel on the outskirts of town on SR 321. The owners were having dinner in the lobby area, which was also thier living room, when we got there. The place was still decorated like the 50's, and most of the furniture was original, but the place was SPOTLESS!!! I love these finds.

In the town of Sheffield there is the intersection with SR 666! Now if your brave enough to ride the devil road, I am told it is a pretyy good ride. Next time back, Iam going after the devil!

Below is some info on US 6:

Grand Army of the Republic Highway

Major William L. Anderson, Jr., of the U.S. Army conceived the idea of designating U.S. 6 the Grand Army of the Republic Highway to honor the Union forces during the Civil War. Based on his recommendation, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War began promoting the idea in April 1934. Because the highway was owned by the States, the organization asked each State to act on the proposal. The first to do so was Massachusetts when Governor Charles F. Hurley signed a bill on February 12, 1937, naming the route. Over the years, the States gradually adopted the name. For example, California did so in 1943 and Indiana in 1946, while Governor James Duff of Pennsylvania named the State's segment of U.S. 6 in 1948.

A formal dedication of the Grand Army of the Republic Highway took place on May 3, 1953, in Long Beach. The occasion was a gathering of the five related service organizations, including the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. The five organizations held their own meetings, but came together for the dedication on that Sunday afternoon to place a monument in front of the Municipal Auditorium:

U.S. 6

This monument marks the western end of a coast to coast highway extending a distance of three thousand six hundred fifty-two miles through fourteen states. It was erected by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War in memory of the heroic services and unselfish devotion of the Union soldiers, sailors and marines who laid down their lives on the altar of sacrifice during the Civil War. National Highway first proposed by Major William L. Anderson, Jr., U.S.A. of Massachusetts. For what they did and dared, let us remember them today.

This is a motorcycle ride in the state of Pennsylvania. This motorcycle route has 8 scenery characteristics and other road conditions to help you plan your road trip. This motorcycle map was created by felon in July. Click here to see other Motorcycle Roads by felon

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Previous Comments from other Riders:

felon says:

Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Frankwood says:

Thanks for the great info on this route. Just took it clear across PA on part of our road trip from NH. It would be a 5 star ride if it wasn't for all the heavy trucking along that route... but what can you do right?!
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM

hermioneaj says:

Smooth Road. Cute towns along the way. Lots to stop and see.
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM


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