Doc Hudson replica from ‘Cars’ movie unveiled at Gearhead Curios in Galena

A replica of the Doc Hudson character from the 2006 Disney-Pixar animated film "Cars" was unveiled Saturday at Gearhead Curios in Galena, Kansas. A local television station talked to Aaron Perry, proprietor of the shop that's housed in a former Texaco gas station: He thought Galena would be the perfect place to start Gearhead Curios … Continue reading Doc Hudson replica from ‘Cars’ movie unveiled at Gearhead Curios in Galena

Fire destroys 120-year-old railcar slated for restoration in Galena

A purported arson fire Tuesday destroyed an 1899 passenger railcar in Galena, Kansas, slated to begin restoration as a future tourist attraction along Route 66. Former Galena mayor Dale Oglesby stated in a Facebook post the former presidential railcar from the Kansas City Southern Railway contained hand-laid mosaic tile showers, a kitchen, a dining room, … Continue reading Fire destroys 120-year-old railcar slated for restoration in Galena

Gearhead Curios in Galena wants your old license plates

The folks who are renovating an old Texaco station in Galena, Kansas, into Gearhead Curios are asking for old license plates to help cover the ceiling of their shop. The shop put out this message on Facebook a few days ago: In case you missed the initial news about a year ago, Aaron Perry, a … Continue reading Gearhead Curios in Galena wants your old license plates

New Coca-Cola mural added to prominent building in Galena

A new, huge and vintage-style Coca-Cola mural, complete with a Route 66 shield, recently was painted onto a prominent building in downtown Galena, Kansas, where two Route 66 alignments meet. The century-old building sits at Kansas Route 66 (the newer alignment) and Main Street (aka old Route 66). A local television station recently reported about … Continue reading New Coca-Cola mural added to prominent building in Galena

There’s a new Sheriff in Galena

A new attraction has been placed along old Route 66 in Galena, Kansas -- and the folks there are putting the Sheriff of Radiator Springs on a pedestal. A facsimile of the 1949 Mercury police car that served as the Sheriff of Radiator Springs in the 2006 animated film "Cars" now sits on lift above … Continue reading There’s a new Sheriff in Galena

Another fatal bicycle crash on Route 66 west of Galena

A bicyclist has died on a stretch of Route 66 west of Galena, Kansas, less than a year after two German cyclists on vacation died in the same area. According to a report from the Kansas Highway Patrol, a 50-year-driver from Georgia was westbound about 7 p.m. Wednesday on Kansas Highway 66 (aka Route 66) … Continue reading Another fatal bicycle crash on Route 66 west of Galena

Man vows to restore 1939 Texaco station in Galena

A veteran recently purchased the 1939 Texaco gas station in downtown Galena, Kansas, and plans to restore it in the coming years. Aaron Perry, a veteran from Wakarusa, Kansas, closed on the deal in the fall for the property at Sixth and Main streets (aka Route 66) in Galena. Wakarusa is about three hours' drive … Continue reading Man vows to restore 1939 Texaco station in Galena

Driver not charged in crash that killed two German cyclists on Route 66

A county prosecutor declined to file charges against a woman who accidentally drove her van into two German cyclists on Route 66 near Galena, Kansas, killing them. On May 8, Heinz Gerd Buchel, 71, and Harry Jung, 74, of Germany were riding their bicycles west in the right lane of Kansas Highway 66 about two miles … Continue reading Driver not charged in crash that killed two German cyclists on Route 66

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