Colorado Roads - US 6

All photos on this page courtesy Michael Summa. The one above was taken in 1988 looking west at Dillon Reservoir.

EB in Mack on old US 6 in 1984, as 6 comes off of I-70 to the right and heads straight to the second photo. This used to be US 6/50, and you can see the two shield outlines on this sign, but now US 50 stays on I-70 awhile longer. Also notice that these are green buttons, not the usual clear/white - there were more of these along that corridor, and I even have one taken at night on the I-70 page.

WB at Coulson St. in Fruita in 1983, which connects to C-340 via Aspen Ave, then leaving Fruita in 1984. As you see, this is still the former US 50 multiplex with US 6.

You know this is old because C-789 was decommissioned in the mid-1980's - photo was taken in 1979 outside Rifle. It followed US 6 to C-13 and then entered Wyoming on what is still WY 789. 789 was an early cross-country route from north to south, but was never a US highway (such that anyone has found evidence beyond a possibly misguided reference or two).

WB and EB in Silt, WB and EB in New Castle, all in 1983.

EB from Glenwood Springs with yet another photo that's impossible to reproduce, because this is where I-70 was subsequently squeezed into Glenwood Canyon as one of the top highway engineering feats of the 20th century. This photo was taken in 1980 after US 24 was removed from the useless US 6 multiplex (it began where US 50 leaves 6 in Grand Junction).

EB in Eagle in 1983, then on the old route (Main St.) EB in Frisco in 1988. Old US 6 meets C-9 ahead and then as C-9 joins current US 6 on I-70, old 6 and old 9 split off onto Dillon Dam Rd. C-9 using I-70 here saves CDOT the expense of maintaining the old alignment but doesn't give through traffic a hint that there's an experience to be had. You'll find Dillon Dam Rd. photos on the C-9 page, linked at bottom.

US 6 heading west from Dillon Dam Rd. to Exit 205 of I-70, possibly with button copy, and heading east out of Dillon with definite button copy, both in 1988.

The highest point of US 6, mercifully bypassed by I-70 for through trucks and bad drivers. Michael Summa placed his own shield in front of the old National Forest signage in 1983.

Alongside I-70 on the old US 6/40 duplex; both are now on the freeway. The first photo is Clear Creek CR 308 EB at Exit 235 of I-70, and I believe the other photos are on Stanley Rd., which may or may not actually be the old US highways. They may have stayed on the north side and been overwritten by the Interstate.

WB from Golden starting in 1978, through one of many Clear Creek Canyon tunnels (Michael thinks they have numbers now) to two photos at an intersection in the late 1980's, still with 1960's signage that disappeared when the roads were reconfigured. US 6 was moved from the south shore to the north shore of Clear Creek, and makes a left at this point while 119 is the through route. A little safer than a narrow Y. Unfortunately, as part of the reconfiguration this road (officially SPUR 119) became regular 119 and the other 119 was abandoned. It had a cool tunnel on it that is still there but now boarded up. It can't be that difficult to park somewhere innocent, hike over, and hop the fence. Any takers?

Coming east from I-70 toward C-119 in 1985 - Central City is reached via 119, which is why it's separated from Golden by a line - then looking up at the traffic signals at the C-119 intersection (same location as above) in the mid-1980's.

Somewhere very close to C-119, WB in the mid-'80's.

Two old-style junction signs from the early and mid 1980's west of Denver along the 6th Avenue freeway. This Connecticut style was rare - as you've seen on this and other pages, Colorado preferred cutout shields instead of button-copy outlines.

Continuing west from the freeway in 1978.

Original freeway signage with all caps, early 1980's at the start of the WB US 6 freeway which at one point was US 40 also, but now 40 stays on Colfax Ave. At this point, the interchange didn't have its current flyovers, and was a tight cloverleaf; the WB-SB loop left from the beginning of the C-D road that also took traffic into the C-88 interchange. To make it even worse, there's an intermediate interchange at Bryant St., putting three sets of ramps within a half-mile stretch.

EB/NB on the multiplex in Commerce City. The "US" shields and white distance sign date to the 1950's or '60's and were taken in 1981. The C-2 assembly was taken in the early 1980's, and the C-224 assembly was taken in 1978.

Old US 6, Hudson Dr., in Hudson in 1981 with one of the last old-style shields (they were gone by 1967, perhaps earlier due to the emergence of COLO shields). I-76 overlaid old 6 on either side of town, but was polite and went around the outskirts to leave this.

US 6 leaves I-76 at Exit 92, turns left, and passes the first sign en route to Hillrose and the second sign, both in 1981. It formerly went through Brush with US 34, then went up what's now 34 SPUR straight through the Exit 92 interchange. Julesburg is reached via US 138 and so should be separated by a button-copy line from Sterling.

C-63 NB ends in Atwood, still in 1981. The first sign left before white-on-green became the standard, so date it to the 1960's (but after wood was replaced by aluminum), and the second sign is actually fairly recent (in '81') because it's not button copy.

EB in Sterling, yes, in 1981. It's not a perfect cross-street like the sign makes out - the first intersection is the I-76 EB offramp, and then C-61 comes next. If you're not paying attention, you'll be in a lot of trouble on the freeway.

Heading eastbound in 1985 through Haxtun, past two styles of older shields in Holyoke, to a much older sign at the state line. That could be Phillips CR 65 (it runs along the border) - I imagine the dirt roads have changed over 20-odd years, but Michael is certain it's on the CO side.

Onto I-70 and 70/US 6
Onto US 50 and 50/6
Onto I-76 and 76/US 6

Onto C-9 and old US 6/C-9

Into Nebraska on US 6
Onto C-340
Onto US 40
Onto C-119
Onto I-25
Onto US 287
Onto C-2
Onto US 85
Onto US 385
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