- Oregon Route 6
Route information Maintained by ODOT Length: 51.25 mi (82.48 km) Existed: 1942 (Rerouted 1957) – present Major junctions West end: US 101 and OR 131 in Tillamook OR 47 in Banks East end: US 26 in North Plains Highway system ← I-5 OR 7 →
Oregon Route 6 is a state highway in the U.S. state of Oregon that runs between the city of Tillamook on the Oregon Coast, to the Willamette Valley, near Banks. It (or portions thereof) is also known as the Wilson River Highway No. 37 (see Oregon highways and routes), named after the river its westernmost segments run parallel to.
OR 6 begins (at its western terminus) at a junction with U.S. Route 101 and Oregon Route 131 in downtown Tillamook. From there it winds eastward though the Northern Oregon Coast Range along the Wilson River, and through a portion of the Tillamook State Forest. The stretch through the Coast Range is well known for its scenic beauty (as well as frequent accidents; the highway is a highly traveled route despite numerous twists and turns and steep grades). Emerging from the Coast Range, it passes through a few foothill communities. At the base of the Coast Range, Oregon Route 8 forks off to the east, heading towards the communities of Gales Creek and Forest Grove; whereas OR 6 continues to the northeast. OR 6 soon passes south of the city of Banks, where it has an interchange with the Nehalem Highway (OR 47), and Wilkesboro. A few miles east of Banks, OR 6 ends at an interchange with U.S. Route 26, the Sunset Highway. Travelers generally continue east on US 26 (which is a freeway east of the interchange) into Portland.
OR 6 passes through some of the areas devastated during the Tillamook Burn, a series of fires that occurred in the 1930s, '40s, and early '50s in eastern Tillamook County.
During the Great Depression workers from the Works Progress Administration assisted in the construction of the road. Before 1957, OR 6 included the entirety of today's Oregon Route 8, plus an additional stretch into downtown Portland. With the completion of the Sunset Highway (and the new alignment through Banks), the route through Gales Creek and the Tualatin Valley was renumbered as OR 8; and OR 6 was placed on the alignment it has today.
The section from Glenwood east to the US 26 junction was a former and temporary routing of US 26, continuing north through Timber. This routing was used by US 26 while the final stretch was completed.
- Note: mileposts do not reflect actual mileage due to realignments.
County Location Mile Destinations Notes Tillamook Tillamook 0.0 US 101 / OR 131 – Bay City, Astoria, Hebo, Newport, Netarts, Oceanside, Cape Lookout State Park Washington Glenwood 38.95 Timber, Vernonia 42.28 OR 8 east (Gales Creek Road) – Forest Grove Banks 49.09 OR 47 – Banks, Forest Grove Interchange 51.62 US 26 east – Portland Interchange
- ^ Robbins, William G. (2002). "Subtopic : Oregon in Depression and War, 1925-1945: The Most Visible of Relief Agencies". The Oregon History Project. Oregon Historical Society. http://www.ohs.org/education/oregonhistory/narratives/subtopic.cfm?subtopic_ID=106. Retrieved 2008-08-29.
- ^ Oregon Department of Transportation, Public Road Inventory (primarily the Digital Video Log), accessed April 2008
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