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Baxter Springs, Ks – History In The Heartland

Our visit to Baxter Springs, Kansas occurred during the Route 66 Instameet sponsored by Travel Kansas. This was the last stop of the day, so we decided to wander off to explore away from the beaten path. Just a couple blocks from our meeting point, we found the Baxter Springs Historical Museum. We have visited many small town museums, and figured we could give it a once over in 30 or 45 minutes. Boy, we were in for a surprise. Bleeding Kansas Baxter Springs is the site of numerous natural springs. Native Americans frequented the region as a stopping point between summer hunting [...]

Route 66 Instameet – The Road Between

Our Travel Kansas Route 66 Instameet began in Galena, and would end in Baxter Springs. Of course, the space in between was not filled with empty miles. Even though the Mother Road only passes for 13 miles in the state of Kansas, it is filled with some unique sights. With Galena under our belt, it was time to head west to see what else we could find. (You can read about the Galena visit here>) A Quick Stop Our group was running behind schedule, so we decided to grab a bite on the way to our next stop. Just down the road from [...]

Route 66 Instameet – Galena, Kansas

When we received our invitation to join Travel Kansas for a Route 66 Instameet, it was an offer we couldn't pass up. Our first Instameet was last year, when we toured various places in Kansas City, Kansas. (Read more about that event here>) This time we were visiting two towns in Southeast Kansas. We wanted to make the most of our drive, so we spent the previous day exploring Joplin, which is the western end of Route 66 in Missouri. After a hearty breakfast, we crossed the state line into Kansas, and arrived in Galena. Historic Galena The city of Galena sprung to [...]

Escape The Interstate – Cars on the Route

People who journey along the old "Mother Road", known as Route 66, will periodically encounter some interesting sights. These bites of Americana hearken back to the golden age of automobile travel, and inspire feelings of nostalgia in many travelers. Galena, Kansas sits at the eastern edge of the Kansas portion of the route, which is small in comparison to many states. During our visit to Galena we had an opportunity to visit Cars on the Route, which is a refurbished filling station from the Route 66 heydays. Picture Perfect We had met up with a group of Instagrammers, who were on-hand for an [...]

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