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Day 9 - Fire Station and Railroad
Day 9 – Fire Station and Railroad
While we were eating lunch, the fire chief invited us to stop and visit the fire station in Galena. Why not? It’s not often you’re invited by a town dignitary to come visit.
The fire station is next to the restored old train station. It’s a double-whammy of a Route 66 stop.
A young man came out of the fire station curious as to what we were doing. We told him his chief invited us to stop by (and about then, the chief pulled up in truck). Paul asked the young man to pose for a shot.
We’ve learned Galena was a big hub during the mining days. Extracting galena for its lead and zinc made this a boomtown in the late 1800s.
Intersection of 66 and 69
Soon we came to the intersection of 66 and 69. Enough said. Keep your jokes to yourself.
Baxter Springs has this cool Walgreens. Now, this is how old businesses should be treated and revived. I applaud Walgreens for keeping the old signage and adding value to Route 66 in Baxter Springs, Kansas.
Downtown Baxter is a clean town with a turn of the century look.
And, here’s a modern oil change outfit that’s keeping the retro look deserving of Route 66. Kudos to Quick Lube.
We ran in to a couple pulling this cool retro looking trailer. It turns out they are from the San Francisco Bay Area, so we told them Bay Photo was one of our sponsors and the guy knew exactly who were were talking about. We left them with a sample of Bay Photo Products.
And, another Tow Mater.
WILL THE REAL TOW MATER PLEASE PULL FORWARD.
Cool Antique Shop
We found this cool antique shop called the Hitch N’ Post.
Here’s what makes it so cool…
Yes, if you have a 1959 or 1960 El Camino, you can get a replacement door here. They had much more, but this is just a sample.
Inside the shop there are replica Route 66 signs, as well as old license plates.
Route 66 Cookies
There’s a unique old drive-in that sells Route 66 Cookies. Yes, they are cookies in the shape of a Route 66 shield.
The owners made a big point to point across the street at the Conoco Station to tell us it is fake. It’s never been a gas station, and is only decorated that way. Again, it was a huge deal for them to point this out.
While we were eating lunch, the fire chief invited us to stop and visit the fire station in Galena. Why not? It's not often you're invited by a town dignitary to come visit. The fire station is next to the restored old train station. It's ...
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