Baxter Springs museum holds an exhibit of late local artisan’s Pitt Pets

The Baxter Springs Historical Museum in Baxter Springs, Kansas, is holding an exhibit of a deceased local artisan who made unique tiny sculptures from peach pits, called "Pitt Pets." Duane M. Lee, who died at age 65 in 2005, made an estimated 10,000 of his Pitt Pets, according to his son Don, and gave them … Continue reading Baxter Springs museum holds an exhibit of late local artisan’s Pitt Pets

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Route 66 roadside park coming behind welcome center in Baxter Springs

A Route 66 roadside park soon will be installed behind the Baxter Springs 66 Welcome Center in Baxter Springs, Kansas. According to an op-ed by resident Duane Lyon in the Cherokee County News-Advocate: This includes a mural wall, LongHorn Statue plaza, a green space, sitting areas at the sitting wall, focal point sitting area and … Continue reading Route 66 roadside park coming behind welcome center in Baxter Springs

Decades of Wheels Museum in Baxter Springs holds grand opening

The museum of the Decades of Wheels complex in downtown Baxter Springs, Kansas, held its grand opening Saturday that included a parade and tours of the complex's Little Brick Inn bed-and-breakfast. According to a story in the Pittsburg Morning Sun, that morning was scheduled to include a car parade and a ribbon-cutting by city officials … Continue reading Decades of Wheels Museum in Baxter Springs holds grand opening

Decades of Wheels complex in Baxter Springs should be fully open by May

The half-block-long Decades of Wheels complex in downtown Baxter Springs, Kansas, should be fully operational by May, according to an event coordinator there. Decades of Wheels held a grand opening celebration in October that included concerts from high-profile music arts, including the final concert of Steppenwolf founder John Kay before his announced retirement. However, many … Continue reading Decades of Wheels complex in Baxter Springs should be fully open by May

Decades of Wheels in Baxter Springs opens with concerts, car shows

The Decades of Wheels car museum and other related businesses in downtown Baxter Springs, Kansas, opened over the weekend with several high-profile concerts, car and motorcycle shows. The event was declared a success by organizers, despite chilly temperatures and rain marring the festivities, according to the Cherokee County News-Advocate. The weekend included shows by Grand … Continue reading Decades of Wheels in Baxter Springs opens with concerts, car shows

Another old building in downtown Baxter Springs being renovated

It's not just the Decades of Wheels ownership group that's revamping century-old buildings in downtown Baxter Springs, Kansas. According to a story in the Cherokee County News-Advocate, Coltyn Seifert, his brother Casye and wife Kelsey have worked for months to restore at building at 1020 Military Ave., which is part of Route 66. According to the … Continue reading Another old building in downtown Baxter Springs being renovated

More details emerge about Decades of Wheels complex in Baxter Springs

The Decades of Wheels complex in downtown Baxter Springs, Kansas, will be "95 percent" finished by its opening weekend Oct. 12-14. Decades of Wheels will contain a classic-car museum, restaurant, bed-and-breakfast and children's fun house. A story in the Joplin Globe about the progress of the $3 million project brought forth previously unreported details about … Continue reading More details emerge about Decades of Wheels complex in Baxter Springs

Angels on the Route operators resurface in nearby Galena

The operators of the closed Angels on the Route restaurant on Route 66 in Baxter Springs, Kansas, have resurfaced at an upcoming restaurant in nearby Galena, Kansas -- also on Route 66. On Monday, Alan and Cheri McCarney will open Sugar Creek Diner & Bakery at 300 W. Seventh St. (aka Route 66) in Galena, … Continue reading Angels on the Route operators resurface in nearby Galena

Rash of Route 66 sign thefts occur in Kansas

People and travelers along Route 66 for years have dealt with the nuisance and inconvenience of the occasional theft of directional signs. But a recent rash of such thefts in southeast Kansas -- nine in all -- have gotten the attention of the Kansas Historic Route 66 Association and the Kansas Department of Transportation. KOAM-TV … Continue reading Rash of Route 66 sign thefts occur in Kansas

Steppenwolf, Grand Funk Railroad will headline Decades of Wheels opening

The upcoming Decades of Wheels museum in Baxter Springs, Kansas, will mark its opening in mid-October with a series of concerts, including 1960s and '70s rock acts Steppenwolf and Grand Funk Railroad. The Oct. 12-14 weekend also will feature country-rock acts Granger Smith and Reckless Kelly. a Texas rock act, Band of Heathens, and a … Continue reading Steppenwolf, Grand Funk Railroad will headline Decades of Wheels opening