Today's odometer start was 94463; 251 total photographs taken.
Leaving the hotel this morning was this crop of balloonists over Provo.
Back to US 6 from Santaquin north on I-15 (the alignment paralleled by UT
198, its old routing). At least Utah does sign the route here; it won't later.
Leaving I-15, US 6 passes through Spanish Fork out to where it joins US 89
and skirts the south end of the Uinta National Forest in this gorge.
Carbon county line, named for the
Mac OS API large amount of coal
in the region, as we come out of next-door Cocoa Utah county. Its
2005 estimated population is 19,437, with 8,197 in Price, the county
seat. A relative latecomer, its territory was first part of Sanpete county,
and later Emery; in fact, Price was organized in 1892 while still part of
And speaking of coal. US 6 travels down the steep grade in the cut-out section
at right (which is very imposing to travel between), and the Price River is
at left. The river and the city Price were both named for Mormon bishop
William Price of Goshen, UT (which I passed through on my way into Provo),
who explored the region in 1869. We cross the Price River several times.
South of this point, US 6 picks up US 191 and the two will travel together
US 6 through Price is a Super-2 freeway (one-lane-per-direction but with
grade-separated interchanges) for several miles. The old alignment of US 6/191
survives as UT 55/Business Route 6.
UT 55/BR 6 through Price.
The Roan Cliffs east of US 6/US 191 as we head south towards the Interstate.
US 6/US 191 through the desert.
Junction I-70 (and stealth US 50! hello again, US 50!)
and, as far as Utah is concerned, the end of US 6. Signage
for US 6 along I-70, or for that matter US 50,
doesn't appear again until well into Colorado. US 191
is still signed here, but because US 191 isn't finished in Utah; it leaves
south in 25 miles towards Arches National Park and the Canyonlands.
Downtown Green River's Business Loop (UT 19). BR 70/UT 19 is the old
alignment of US 6/US 50/US 191 into this small town which Dad tells me
had banned door-to-door salesmen until Encyclopaedia Britannica complained.
Green River is a city of two counties, partially in
Grand County and part in Emery County, with
973 people total and 868 of them
in Emery ; the city name comes from the river running through it.
Grand County, with a 2005 estimated population of 8,743, surrounds the Emery
and is named for the Colorado River back when it was still called the Grande.
Its largest city and
county seat is the very appropriately named Moab (4,779 ),
to the south along US 191, the gateway to the national parks.
There are many old pieces of US 6/US 50 (and until exit 182, US 191) around
the freeway. This one runs through Thompson, complete with an old single-lane
Colorado state line and Mesa county line, named for the mesa-studded
terrain of the region. Its 2000 population is 116,255, with its seat at
Grand Junction (which we will pass through).
From a functional point of view, US highway and Interstate multiplexes are
not terribly sensible. Many states agree, and curse the alignment to remain
as Business alignment or sometimes nothing at all.
On the other hand, I'm happy when the US route persists and carries its own
sign on its old alignments rather than being routed over the Interstate. Not
only is it nice to see the old route still in use, but it means I don't have
to trace two alignments. This is the western end of US 6 in Colorado, unsigned
It's a real alignment though, and while it gets short shrift initially from
the freeway, it gets a big whopping monument along its length. Note the GAR
Highway sign on the top.
The first major city is Fruita, pronounced just like it looks, fruit-ah. It
was named for the local fruit trees by founder William Pabor in 1884, but
nowadays is more famous for its fossil fetish: a large number of dinosaur and
mammalian fossils have been found in the western portion of the state.
The non-petrified population consists of 6,478 humans, at least as of 2000.
Some may have fossilized since then.
US 6 crosses I-70 again to pick up its Business Loop tag and US 50 into
Grand Junction. Grand Junction is named for the confluence of the Colorado
(when it was the Grande) and Gunnison Rivers and is easily the largest city
in the region at 41,986 .
The Business alignment scoots off to leave US 6 alone to Palisade and the
Colorado River. Yes, it was raining quite hard.
Passing by the Colorado River on the left, which US 6 and I-70 both cross
on their own respective bridges. The rain was still coming down in sheets,
so I ended up having to shoot through the windshield and hope one came out
Joining I-70 again at Mile 44. It's actually signed on the exit
as Business Loop from the reverse direction, although it isn't really until
Grand Junction and it's not signed on the route that way either.
La Quinta in Fruita. This is a nice setup. If I ever come back to
this part of Colorado, I'll be staying here again. Now if you'll excuse me,
I have some cashew chicken and sweet'n'sour pork to eat.