Civil War Designation For Highway 6

May 30, 2016

A group of Civil War patriots is re-marking U.S. Highway-6 in honor of soldiers who served in the Union Army. 

Running from Council Bluffs to Davenport, old U.S. Highway-6 was named the "Grand Army of the Republic Highway" in 1947. Many of the road signs proclaiming the highway's tribute have vanished. Now more than 150 years since the Civil War, Iowans are working to save the memory. Dan Rittel is with the group Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

"It's not really kind of in the forefront any more. It's basically just honoring these veterans and the work that they did after the Civil War."

Rittle is working to have nearly 60 signs erected along Highway-6, so travelers through places like Anita, Brooklyn and Wilton, will know they are driving down the Grand Army of the Republic Highway.