The first phase of production on the new documentary River to River: Iowa's Forgotten Highway 6 by Emmy-nominated filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films has been completed. The Rundles spent much of August and September filming after receiving a grant award from Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) through their fiscal sponsor KPTS-PBS in June.
"The grant allowed us to shoot footage along the eastern section of Route 6 between Davenport and Des Moines," said producer Tammy Rundle.
"A number of SSNHA partner sites are located along the historic highway and will be of interest to motorists and tourists who have chosen the two-lane scenic route over the busy I-80 Freeway," said director Kelly Rundle.
The SSNHA Iowa Highway 6 journey included the Family Museum in Bettendorf; the Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science in Davenport; the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch; the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History, and the Plum Grove Historic Home in Iowa City.
Just off of Route 6 in Coralville, footage was gathered at the Iowa River Gazebo and Pedestrian Bridge, and the 1876 Coralville School House.
Late summer footage of scenic prairies, wildflowers and wetlands was gathered at F.W. Kent Park directly off of Highway 6 near Oxford, Iowa. A remnant of Old Highway 6 can be found near the entrance of the park.
Highway 6’s scenic drive to the Amana Colonies produced beautiful images of numerous historic structures built by the Germans who settled there in the mid-1800s.
An Historic Highway 6 Classic Car Cruise, organized by Dave Darby of the Iowa Route 6 Tourist Association, provided energetic and colorful images of motorists enjoying the historic route in restored vintage automobiles. The cruise began in Davenport and ended in Council Bluffs.
Footage was gathered at a number of sites in Des Moines, including Living History Farms, and the State Historical Society. A rare Mason automobile designed by the Duesenberg brothers and manufactured by the Maytag-Mason Motor Company in Des Moines in 1910 was filmed during the visit.
Final production on the documentary will take place in the spring of 2013. River to River: Iowa's Forgotten Highway 6 is slated for release in late fall of 2013.
Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area, a non-profit organization, is one of 49 federally designated heritage areas in the nation and is an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. Through the development of a network of sites, programs and events, SSNHA's mission is to interpret farm life, agribuisiness and rural communities--past and present.