Beginning at the Missouri/Kansas state Line on Old 66 you have a chance to view historic culverts that were built in the 1920's and the area known as "Hell's Half Acre". The area was left in this condition in a post mining era.
Upon entering Galena turn at the corner of "Cars on the Route" famous for Melba, one of the owners; their sandwiches and "Tow Tater" the inspiration for "Tow Mater" from the Disney Pixar movie "Cars". Melba always has a story to tell about Route 66. They operate seasonally.
Traveling on down Galena's Main Street there are many historic building and several still have the ghost writing visible. Galena is a city rich in mining history and has much to offer. The Nature Center at Schermerhorn Park is a highlight with a park perfect for a picnic or just relaxing down by Shoal Creek.
Continuing on west on 7th street out of Galena follow the route to Riverton. Nelson's Old Riverton Store is located on the route and is very famous for the 75+ year old store still operating as they have for years. They will make a custom deli style sandwich just to your liking. Nelson's is open year round.
Leaving Riverton the road encounters a roundabout that will send you down SE Beasley Rd. to follow the original route. It along this road they you will find the Marsh Arch Bridge. It's a spot famous for picture taking, weddings, many visitor videos and is typical of the road at its heyday.
Heading south from the bridge this area is typical of the route; rolling farm lands and houses. Passing by "Field of Dreams", a modern baseball facility; you will enter Baxter Springs, a city rich in Civil War and Cowtown History. Baxter is proud of its baseball history also and can boast of the "Whiz Kids" that played here. Mickey Mantle was once a part of that team.
At 7th & Military is the site of Ft. Blair; and one block off Military is the Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum. A Visitor's Center is located at 10th & Military; a restored Kan-O-Tex service station. Many downtown buildings still retain the original store fronts from days gone by.
A National Cemetery Plot is located just west of Baxter about a mile from 12th & Military.
Baxter has several restaurants open to suit your tastes; Angel's on the Route for sandwiches, soup and frozen custard; Van's Steakhouse; Pizza Hut and several local establishments that can suit your tastes.
Upon leaving Baxter be sure to turn on 30th & Roberts Rd. and follow the existing roadbed that curves behind the shopping center and takes you to the Oklahoma State Line.
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