Road Trip on Route 66 thru Kansas

As Route 66 left Joplin, Missouri, it was only a short distance westbound to the Kansas border. The route through Kansas was the shortest of all the states, only about 13 miles.

It traveled through Galena, Riverton and Baxter Springs. From there it entered Commerce, Oklahoma, and headed southwest through Miami, Alton, Chelsea and Claremore and Tulsa.

Map of Historic Route 66 through Galena, Riverton and Baxter Springs in Kansas
Map of Historic Route 66 through Kansas

Entering Kansas, on Historic Route 66 (November, 2018)
Entering Kansas, on Historic Route 66

Galena, Kansas

Galena, Kansas was settled in 1877 and is the oldest mining town in Southeast Kansas. It was the first major city on Route 66 that travelers passed through westbound from Joplin to Tulsa. Today, it is a popular destination for Route 66 road trippers!

Eisler Brothers Website

Welcome to Galena Kansas sign

The well known mural ... Greetings from Galena, Kansas, on Historic Route 66
Greetings from Galena, Kansas, on Historic Route 66

Cars on the Route
Galena, Kansas

Cars on the Route is located in a restored Kan-O-Tex service station at 119 North Main Street in Galena. Formerly known as "4 Women on the Route", the attraction sells sandwiches, antiques, Route 66 memorabilia and work by local artists. It has connections with the movie "Cars" featuring the rusted tow truck "Tow Tater" and other restored vehicles on display.

Cars on the Route in Galena, Kansas

Cars on the Route in Galena, Kansas
Cars on the Route in Galena, Kansas


Eisler Brothers Store
Riverton, Kansas

The Eisler Brothers Old Riverton Store has been in business along Route 66 since 1925. Added to the National Regiser of Historic Places in 2003, it offers groceries, produce, plants and flowers, a deli and gift shop. It also is the headquarters of the Route 66 Association of Kansas. Located at 7109 SE Highway 66.

Eisler Brothers Website

Eisler Brothers Store in Riverton, Kansas


Baxter Springs, Kansas, Visitor Center in a restored cottage-design Phillips 66 Service Station
... added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. Seen in this photo taken November, 2018.
Baxter Springs, Kansas, Visitor Center in a restored Phillips 66 Service Station

Baxter Springs, Kansas, site of the Rainbow Bridge on Old Route 66

Baxter Springs, Kansas, site of the Rainbow Bridge on Old Route 66


Rainbow Curve Bridge
Baxter Springs, Oklahoma

Sign at the Rainbow Curve Bridge, constructed in 1923 over Brush Creek ... the only remaining Marsh Arch Bridge on Route 66. It has been repainted white, and earned a place in 1983 on the National Register of Historic Places.

Sign at the Rainbow Curve Bridge, constructed in 1923 over Brush Creek ... the only remaining Marsh Arch Bridge on Route 66

 


Brush Creek Rainbow Bridge on Old Route 66
Brush Creek Rainbow Bridge on Old Route 66

Route 66 logo on the Brush Creek Rainbow Bridge near Baxter Springs, Kansas

Brush Creek Rainbow Bridge on Old Route 66

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From Kansas to Tulsa

Route 66 Road Trip from Kansas to Tulsa, Oklahoma

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