Route 66

Have You Heard Of The Peanut Man?

Like many of you, we associated the name George Washington Carver with peanuts, but couldn't really tell you why. The knowledge that he was a botanist seemed familiar, but that was about the extent of what we remembered from school. A visit to the George Washington Carver National Monument would forever change this. The site is located in Diamond, Missouri, which lies just about 20 minutes south of Joplin. Our contact at Visit Joplin suggested a visit, so we made sure to add it to our itinerary. It ended up being an educational eyeopener. The Early Years Born into [...]

By |2019-12-12T12:47:08-06:00April 23rd, 2018|Destinations, Joplin, Midwest, Missouri|7 Comments

What To Expect At The Joplin History Museum

When the name of Joplin, Missouri is mentioned, many will think immediately of the 2011 EF5 tornado that devastated portions of the city. Joplin is so much more than that. It has a rich history reaching back before the Civil War. We stopped in the Joplin Museum Complex to learn more about this southwestern Missouri city. The official name of this portion of the museum complex is the Dorothea B. Hoover Historical Museum. It is laid out as an assembly of collections, with each having its specific gallery area. We want to thank the Joplin Museum Complex and Visit Joplin, Mo. for their hospitality. Rest assured that [...]

By |2020-02-27T19:36:54-06:00April 16th, 2018|Destinations, Joplin, Midwest, Missouri|6 Comments

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. […]

By |2020-02-27T19:33:32-06:00April 4th, 2018|Baxter Springs, Destinations, Kansas, Midwest, Route 66|4 Comments

Candy House Gourmet – A Sweet Story

Let’s just face the facts. We like chocolate! There, it has been said, and there is no taking it back. This may be the reason why so many of our trips include a visit to a chocolate shop. We like to think it is just a service we provide for our readers who are looking for a sweet treat option when touring a destination. At least that is our way of convincing ourselves we are just doing public service work. Whatever the reason, we have had tremendous fortune in digging up some wonderful chocolatiers during our travels. In Joplin, Missouri our luck continued [...]

By |2020-02-27T19:37:24-06:00April 2nd, 2018|Destinations, Joplin, Midwest, Missouri|2 Comments

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>) […]

By |2020-02-27T19:28:38-06:00March 28th, 2018|Baxter Springs, Destinations, Kansas, Midwest, Route 66|2 Comments

Eagle Drive In – Not Your Average Burger Stand

At one time or another most of us have stopped into one of those little roadside burger joints for a cheap meal. Usually they have a name like Dairy-Inn or Pop’s Burger Stand. You can almost be guaranteed that the menu will consist of greasy burgers and fries, and not much more. In Joplin we happened upon a place that screamed of this type of establishment, but we had been promised it would be different. The Eagle Drive In even has a name that would perfectly fit this old-school dive, but we were about to be blown away. […]

By |2019-12-12T12:49:27-06:00March 26th, 2018|Destinations, Joplin, Midwest, Missouri|8 Comments

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. […]

By |2020-02-27T19:28:47-06:00March 21st, 2018|Destinations, Galena, Kansas, Midwest, Route 66|8 Comments

Digging The Joplin Mining Museum

Many people are unaware of the integral role that mining played in the settlement and growth of communities in Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas. The discovery of lead in the mid-1800's drew miners to the area. Our visit to the Joplin History & Mineral Museum allowed us a chance to learn more about the history of mining in the region. We want to thank the Joplin Museum Complex for their hospitality. Rest assured all opinions are our own. Early Fascination During my childhood, my grandparents moved to the small town of West Mineral, Kansas, which lies in the Southeast corner of Kansas. My [...]

By |2019-12-12T12:49:55-06:00March 19th, 2018|Destinations, Joplin, Midwest, Missouri|10 Comments

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. […]

By |2020-02-27T19:38:07-06:00March 14th, 2018|Destinations, Galena, Kansas, Midwest|2 Comments

Focus On The Food At The Bruncheonette

Joplin, Missouri has an interesting Route 66 history. The city actually has multiple paths, since the route was realigned a couple of times. While we were making our itinerary for a visit to Joplin, we worked with Carrie Puffinbarger at Visit Joplin. She pointed us toward testing the eats at The Bruncheonette, a local hotspot that rests on the 1937 to 1945 alignment. What we found there confirmed our belief of  listening to the locals. […]

By |2020-02-27T19:35:04-06:00March 12th, 2018|Destinations, Joplin, Midwest, Missouri|24 Comments