Pennsylvania Route 6
One of the many wonderful roads we’ll traverse in July is Pennsylvania Route 6, which was named by National Geographic as “one of America’s most scenic drives.” This tranquil highway along Pennsylvania’s northern tier is 400-plus miles of history and heritage, through forests and farmland, mountains, over rivers and through valleys.
Route 6’s history can be traced back to 1807 when state officials mandated a road be cut through the Moosic Mountains to enable easier travel to the western parts of the state. As the state and nation grew, so too did the road, eventually uniting most of the county seats in Pennsylvania’s northern tier.
Soon the highway became a vital link between the industry of the west and the railroads in the east and in 1925, Pennsylvania’s Route 6 was incorporated into a highway system connecting the U.S. from coast to coast. U.S. Route 6 stretched from Cape Cod, Massachusetts to Long Beach, California and it was one of America’s first transcontinental highways.