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

Galena to redevelop more of its downtown

The city of Galena, Kansas, soon will begin a redevelopment of the rest of its downtown -- which includes Route 66 -- after a similar project about six years ago helped revitalize the area. KSNF-TV filed this report about the project: Most of the work will be installing new sidewalks and street lights. The station … Continue reading Galena to redevelop more of its downtown

Family of dead German cyclist visits Galena

The family of a German cyclist who died in a traffic accident on Route 66 near Galena, Kansas, on Friday visited the crash site and where a "ghost bike" was erected in his honor and a colleague's. Harry Jung, 74, and Heinz-Gerd Buchel, 71, both of Germany, were cycling May 8 along Route 66 when … Continue reading Family of dead German cyclist visits Galena

“Ghost bike” erected in memory of two killed cyclists

Area residents a few days ago erected a "ghost bike' along Route 66 in Galena, Kansas, in memory of two German cyclists killed in an accident west of town. The entirely white bicycle at 205 E. Front St. (aka Route 66) sits a short distance east of Cars on the Route in downtown Galena. A sign … Continue reading “Ghost bike” erected in memory of two killed cyclists

Two German cyclists die in crash near Galena

Two cyclists from Germany died Tuesday near Galena, Kansas, after being struck by a minivan on Route 66. KOAM-TV posted this brief video from the scene: KOAM TV 7 The Joplin Globe reported the crash occurred about 11 a.m. on Kansas Route 66 just west of Galena. The Kansas Highway Patrol was investigating; the names of … Continue reading Two German cyclists die in crash near Galena

Michael Wallis reprises his Sheriff of Radiator Springs role for PSA

Michael Wallis, author of "Route 66: The Mother Road" and other best-selling books, this week reprised what probably remains his best-known role -- the Sheriff of Radiator Springs in the Disney-Pixar "Cars" animated movies -- for a video about the dangers of texting and driving. The video was shot with a replica of a 1949 … Continue reading Michael Wallis reprises his Sheriff of Radiator Springs role for PSA

Rare film footage of old Galena

The Galena Mining and Historical Museum late Wednesday posted on Facebook this video of very old film footage of Galena, Kansas, much of it believed to be in the 1920s. It shows a variety of scenes around town, including its lead and zinc-mining industries. The museum posted this message with the footage: This video was … Continue reading Rare film footage of old Galena

Route 66 Bowl near Joplin being converted into training center

Route 66 Bowl, a facility which had served bowling fans for about a half-century near the Missouri-Kansas border, recently was purchased and is being converted into a wrestling training center and gym. KSN-TV reported Dave O'Banion, owner of Renegade Wrestling Academy in Joplin, Missouri, recently bought the facility, which also was known as Route 66 … Continue reading Route 66 Bowl near Joplin being converted into training center