Kansas' Historic Route 66 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 the 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: Starting on Route 66 at the Kansas/Missouri border just west of Joplin, MO, head west into Kansas towards the city of Galena, KS. Continue heading west for about 7 miles towards the infamous Rainbow Bridge midway between Galena and Baxter Springs. Stay on Route 66 heading south and you'll eventually reach Baxter Springs, KS. The route eventually concludes at the Kansas/Oklahoma border just south of Baxter Springs.
Baxter Springs to Gelena: Starting on Route 66 at the Kansas/Oklahoma border just south of Baxter Springs, KS, head north into Kansas. Continue heading north for about 6 miles towards the infamous Rainbow Bridge midway between Baxter Springs and Galena. Stay on Route 66 going east towards Galena, KS. The route eventually concludes at the Kansas/Missouri border just east of Galena, KS.
For more information about the Kansas Historic Route 66 Byway, contact:Mary Billington (620) 856-2385 Janet Miller (620) 762-0717