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Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) highway dedication photographs

 Collection — Folder: SP116
Identifier: SP116

Scope and Contents

This collection includes two black-and-white photographs from the dedication of the Grand Army of the Republic Highway on May 20, 1946 taken by Graves Spotshot Service in Dyer, Indiana. Pictured in the photograph by the highway sign are: Mrs. J. J. Roberts; two Civil War veterans John C. Adams and Frank C. Barton; Governor Ralph F. Gates; John H. Lauer; State Highway Commission chairman; Herman Hartman, commission member; and F.M. Crapeau.


  • 1946/05/20

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

U.S. Route 6 was dedicated as the Grand Army of the Republic Highway in the 1940s in honor of the Civil War veterans' organization. Indiana was the 8th state to do so on May 20, 1946 in Hammond, Indiana. From 1936 to 1964, the highway ran from Long Beach, California to Provincetown, Massachusetts, when it was the longest highway in the country. The route has been modified several times and currently terminates in Bishop, California.


"Governor, 2 Civil War Veterans Dedicate State's GAR Highway." Indianapolis Star, May 21, 1946, 2.

U.S. Department of Transportation. "U.S. 6 - The Grand Army of the Republic Highway." Federal Highway Administration. Updated June 27, 2017. Accessed November 12, 2021.

Wikipedia. "U.S. Route 6." Accessed November 12, 2021.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Matthew V. Bomer.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/11/13 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2021/11/13 by Brittany Kropf.
Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) highway dedication photographs
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.