Day 9 – State to State
Day 9 is the day we go from state (Missouri) to state (Kansas) to state (Oklahoma). It’s odd that Kansas is not represented in the Route 66 Song. Yet, there are some neat places to see in Kansas. One of them is Galena.
You roll in to Galena, and make a 90-degree turn to the left and here’s what you see…
The top of the garage really caught my attention. The turn of the century (19th to 20th) style architecture is craftsmanship you don’t see much of today.
Next to the garage was this beautiful Plymouth… just sitting there. And, across the street was a famous movie star — Tow Mater.
Paul went across the street to check out Bordello Antiques. Yeah. That’s its name.
Evidently it was a bordello back in the day. During the 1800s when this town was a mining town (hence the name Galena which is a metallic stone), patrons would visit the bordello only to be bludgeoned to death for their money. Some believe it to be haunted.
I, on the other hand, wandered around Cars on the Route – a restored service station with a souvenir shop and some old cars (including Tow Mater) on the lot.
I remember a singing and dancing group in Sacramento, California, that called themselves Galena Street East. (WOW, I just searched for them online and they are still performing!) I digress… except for the name, I don’t think this has anything to do with Route 66.
There’s much to see here. I liked the old panel vans. It’s fun to try to make out the lettering that once advertised the owner’s business. It looks like part of it said, “Doglicious”. That’s about all I can make out.
This was easier to read. I’m tempted to do this on the back of my building just to cover up the ugly brick work.
As we head in to town this cool entrance to a bank caught my attention (as well as the old bus across the street).
Inside the entrance I looked up and beheld this cool copper ceiling. It’s probably paint that gives it that patina look, but it looks coo.
As I was walking through town I caught a whiff of Mexican food. Finding the restaurant, I poked my head inside…
If you missed our live interview with the owner, you can click here to watch it on Facebook.