The Kansas stretch of Route 66 may only be 13 miles long, but it's packed with nostalgic roadside kitsch. With its iconic vintage gas pumps and quirky souvenir shop, Cars on the Route in Galena is a can't-miss stop. The old Kan-O-Tex service station is formerly known as "Four Women on the Route." Don't forget to snap a photo with "Tow Tater," the truck that inspired Tow Mater in the movie Cars.
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“Right out of a movie”
The old Kan-O-Tex service station at the north end of Main Street in Galena, Kansas has been purchased by 4 women from Galena: Betty Courtney, Melba Rigg, Renee Charles and Judy Courtney. They are helping lead the rebirth of Galena's stretch of Historic Route 66. The original plan was to turn the old KanOtex station into a farmer's market. But the vision has grown and Four Women hope to develop up to 4 buildings near this intersection. One may become a bed and breakfast and another may become the farmer's market. But this Kan-O-Tex service station is now restored. They sell sandwiches, snacks, antiques, Route 66 and Car's items, including several made by local craftspeople and artists. Outside the building there will be several vehicles, including the mining boom truck that inspired the character "Tow Mater" in Radiator Springs from the movie Cars. For trademark reasons, Four Women are calling their boom truck "Tow Tater." Tow Tater still runs and can be hired to appear at special events. I think that you will find meeting the Four Women on the Route and their families as much fun as their wonderful building.
Cars on the Route
- Wed - Sat: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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