The Kansas Route 66 Historic Byway offers opportunities for visitors to enjoy a variety of experiences to "get their own kicks" while driving the original Kansas portion of Route 66, found in the "Ozark Plateau" or Southeast corner of the state.
Drive over many of the original structures of "The Mother Road," including the only remaining Marsh Arch Bridge on Route 66, or stop at Nelson's Old Riverton Store, known as one of the most authentic, still working 75+-year-old stores of its kind on all of Route 66. Take your picture with the tow truck that was the inspiration for the character "Mater" from the "Cars" movie, or discover Schermerhorn Park and the Southeast Kansas Nature Center.
Distance: 13 miles
Gelena to Baxter Springs: At the intersection of Missouri Hwy 66 and State Line Rd, take State Line Rd north to Front St. Continue west on Front St into Galena. Turn south on Main St, then take 7th St/K-66 west to Riverton and beyond to the roundabout at the intersection with U.S. 400. Exit the roundabout onto Beasley Rd/K-66 and continue west to Marsh Arch "Rainbow" Bridge. Upon leaving the bridge, continue south on K-66 (also known as 50th St, Willow Ave, 3rd St, and Military Ave/U.S. 69Alt in Baxter Springs). Continue south on Military Ave/U.S. 69Alt/K-66 to the byway’s end at the Kansas-Oklahoma border.
Baxter Springs to Gelena: At the Kansas-Oklahoma border, travel north on K-66 (also known as Military Ave/U.S. 69Alt) to Baxter Springs. At 3rd St, turn west to continue on K-66 (also known as Willow Ave and 50th St.). At the Marsh Arch "Rainbow" Bridge, take Beasley Rd/K-66 east to the roundabout at the intersection with U.S. 400. Stay on K-66 into Riverton and beyond where the road becomes 7th St/K-66. In Galena, take Main St north to Front St. Continue east on Front St, then take State Line Rd south to the byway’s end at Missouri Hwy 66.
For more information about the Kansas Historic Route 66 Byway, contact:Mary Billington (620) 856-2385 Janet Miller (620) 762-0717