Route 6 by Elaine Tweedy

on Monday, 11 August 2014. Posted in All Articles, Member Articles

Photographing the historic Route 6

Club member Elaine Tweedy always wanted to drive along the portion of Route 6 that flows through Northeastern Pennsylvania and give it her own photographic slant.  Along the way she hopes to do her own research and learn more about the little burgs and hamlets that snake off of Route 6 into the Endless Mountains.

 

She decided to start in Tunkhannock, and in the middle of Winter. That in itself should produce a large hurdle of weather patterns that only Northeastern Pennsylvanians have come to expect.  By the time she reach the furthest locations, she is hoping it will be Spring. On her personal blog (http://www.igottheshotphotography.com/blog) she has nice detailed articles about her Route 6 project. So far she has covered Tunkhannock, Meshoppen and Laceyville with pinch of Kaiserville.

 

All of her photos are taken with a Nikon D300 camera using various lenses like 70-300mm, 50mm 1.8 and my 28mm  2.8 wide angle. With her permission posting some snippet from her blog.

 

History of Route 6 - Pennsylvania’s Route 6 covers eleven counties and over 400 miles of roadway across northern PA.  National Geographic named  this span of road “one of America’s most scenic drives.”  

In 1807, state officials mandated a road be cut through the Moosic Mountains to make it easier to travel to the western parts of the state. As the state branched out, so did the road, even going beyond the borders of Pennsylvania.  According to the Route 6 visitor’s guide:  “Carved out of hundreds of miles of wilderness, the road eventually united all of the county seats in Pennsylvania's northern tier. The fledgling highway quickly became a vital link between the industry of the west and the railroads in the east. Along its length sprung up charming villages, plentiful farming communities and thriving towns.  In 1925, Route 6 in Pennsylvania was incorporated into a highway system that would connect the United States from coast to coast. Named US Route 6, the road stretched from Cape Cod, Massachusetts to Long Beach, California. It became one of America's first transcontinental highways. Today the road remains one of the longest highways in the nation.”

 

Tunkhannock - Tunkhannock borough was organized in 1841, but it wasn't until one year later (1842) that the county of Wyoming was formed from the county of Luzerne.  Tunkhannock is located in Wyoming County.  As of 2010, census data recorded population at just over 1800 people.  Tunkhannock is the county seat of Wyoming County. It has been archaeologically  proven that three principal tribes inhabited the area:  the Lenni Lanapes, the Mingoes and the Shawnees.  Tunkhannock shares its name with the name of a Delaware Indian village located at the mouth of Tunkhannock Creek in the mid-18th century.  The name means "small stream."

 

Meshoppen - Up until a few days ago, I have always thought of Meshoppen as the town you pass through going to the Wyoming County Fair.  Most noted for its speed trap (you had better be going 35 when the sign tells you to go 35), if you close your eyes and count to three, you will have missed Meshoppen. The day I selected to travel further up Route 6 was supposed to be our sunny promise before a big snowfall.  It WAS sunny when I left my house, but quickly turned cloudy, with an odd yellow sky.  That coupled with the snowpack would have made Disney World look depressing, but in the end I thought that the conditions actually helped to show how Meshoppen may have looked in the early 1900's.

 

 

 

 

Laceyville (With a Pinch of Kaiserville) - The thing that has always fascinated me about Laceyville is that is has three exits off of Route 6.  THREE.  In fact there is a sign that looms first as you drive closer to Laceyville that says “Laceyville next 3 exits.”  Laceyville is smaller than Meshoppen.  In fact, in the 2010 census, Laceyville had a population of 379.

 

 

 

 

Photographer's Notes:  Elaine used an 18-70mm 3.5-4.5 Nikkor lens with a UV filter for most of the shots you see in the Laceyville post.  She switched to a 28mm 2.8 lens for the Braintrim Baptist Church shot.  All photos were processed with Lightroom, PSE and Topaz Adjust.