Cars on the Route - Galena, Kansas
Cars on the Route in Galena, Kansas is a fun stop on Old US Highway 66. The old Kan-O-Tex service station at the north end of Main Street in Galena, Kansas was restored by 4 women from Galena: Betty Courtney, Melba Rigg, Renee Charles and Judy Courtney. They helped lead the rebirth of Galena's stretch of Historic Route 66. The dubbed the gas station "Four Women on the Route" and operated it as as a tourist attraction for several years.
The ownership has since changed with new partners and several of the original partners leaving. Today it is "Cars on the Route," and the emphasis on the connection to the movie Cars. Melba is no longer a partner, but stays on at Cars on the Route and delights in telling visitors about the history of the building, the movies.
Cars on the Route sells sandwiches, snacks, antiques, Route 66 and Car's items, including several made by local craftspeople and artists. Outside the building there will be several vehicles, including the mining boom truck that inspired the character "Tow Mater" in Radiator Springs from the movie Cars. For trademark reasons, their boom truck "Tow Tater." Tow Tater still runs and can be hired to appear at special events.
Route 66 in Kansas
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