Historic Route 66

Get your kicks while traveling Route 66 through Kansas
"The Mother Road"

Previous page                    Galena, Riverton, Baxter Springs                                        .

DX Service station on historic Route 66
DX Service station on historic Route 66

Entering Baxter Springs, Kansas on Historic Route 66, the Route will turn east onto 3rd Street and return to US-69 Alternate. now named Military Avenue. Turn right as the two roads remain the same through the Baxter Springs business district and most of the way to the State Line.

Phillips 66 staion on Route 66 visitors' center
1930 Phillips 66 Gas Station was restored and opened as the Baxter Springs visitor center since this photo was taken.

In downtown Baxter Springs along Route 66, you will find small plaques explaining the history of the buildings which include banks and businesses robbed by such infamous robbers as Bonny & Clyde, Henry Star, Jesse James and Cole Younger. 

One of those banking buildings was the Cafe on the Route , a very nice little restaurant which was featured on the TV show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives in 2007. It closed in 2013, was remolded and reopened by new owners in 2014 and (apparently) closed permanently in 2015

Cafe on the Route on Historic Route 66.
The former Cafe on the Route was in the Crowell Bank building which was robbed by Jesse James

Across the Historic Route 66 to the north is a full size mural of the longhorn cattle drive. Bilke's Western Museum occupied the second floor of this building for many years, but has permanently closed. And across Route 66 is the former location of Bill Murphey's Restaurant; this building housed a bank robbed by Jesse James and Cole Younger in 1876.

Cattle Drive mural at Bilke's Western Museum
Longhorn cattle drive mural on the side of Bilke's Western Museum

Former location of Bill Murphey's Restaurant
Former location of Bill Murphey's Restaurant which was a Route 66 favorite

Historic Route 66 in Kansas
Galena   Galena 2   Riverton   Baxter Springs   Empire Power Dam Falls
Cars on the Route  Galena Mining and Historical Museum   Eisler Brothers Store
 Baxter Springs Heritage Center   Decades of Wheels
Schermerhorn Park & Southeast Kansas Nature Center

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