River to River: Iowa's Forgotten Highway

Sep 15, 2015

U.S. Highway 6 runs from California to Massachusetts, the longest of all highways.  It has traversed Iowa in one form or another since about 1910, when parts of it were made from wooden planks.  We don't sing songs about Route 6 and it doesn't carry the historical mystique of the Lincoln Highway, but it's a road with a fascinating history and many associated stories from over the decades.

Now the highly-regarded Quad Cities-area filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle  of"Fourth Wall Films" have a completed a documentary about the history of historic Highway 6 in Iowa called "River to River: Iowa's Forgotten Highway."  And there's more to it than just the pavement: there's the personalities, such as Bonnie & Clyde, Jesse James, a famous ice-cream parlor and the secret author of the Nancy Drew stories.   The Rundles say their film was inspired by the Historic Highway 6 research and photography of David W. Darby of Davenport.

This hour, host Charity Nebbe speaks with Kelly and Tammy Rundle and also David Darby.  The film premiers on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Putnam Museum in Davenport.