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Cars on the Route

119 N Main St, Galena, Kansas 66739 USA

Open Now
Tue 10a-6p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    not Accepted
  • Wheelchair
  • Public
  • No Wifi

“Right out of a movie”

The old Kan-O-Tex service station at the north end of Main Street in Galena, Kansas has been purchased by 4 women from Galena: Betty Courtney, Melba Rigg, Renee Charles and Judy Courtney. They are helping lead the rebirth of Galena's stretch of Historic Route 66.  The original plan was to turn the old KanOtex station into a farmer's market. But the vision has grown and Four Women hope to develop up to 4 buildings near this intersection. One may become a bed and breakfast and another may become the farmer's market. But this Kan-O-Tex service station is now restored. They sell sandwiches, snacks, antiques, Route 66 and Car's items, including several made by local craftspeople and artists. Outside the building there will be several vehicles, including the mining boom truck that inspired the character "Tow Mater" in Radiator Springs from the movie Cars. For trademark reasons, Four Women are calling their boom truck "Tow Tater." Tow Tater still runs and can be hired to appear at special events. I think that you will find meeting the Four Women on the Route and their families as much fun as their wonderful building.

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Austin Coop

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  • 415 Helpful
July 13, 2014
Rated 5.0

Ok, first of all you MUST support these great women. They're going out on a limb to bring people back to this small town and to give us all a taste of what it was like to travel Route 66 back in the day. Every little bit of support you can give them will help them possibly expand and create/restore even more in Galena!

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June 28, 2017

Closed Sunday -Tuesday every week.

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Tatiana Danger

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August 30, 2014
Rated 4.0

Absolutely loved visiting Galena and checking out this place. It's now called "Cars on the Route" and it's such a cool joint. They've got karaoke and BBQ on Friday nights, I wish I could've gone to that but there's really no place in town to spend the night, so if you're visiting it's a great spot to spend the afternoon. Hopefully "The Mouth" is working, she's a fabulous, spitfire of a lady who'll tell you all about how their little ex-gas station helped inspire the movie "Cars." Great spot for photos, especially with the little ones.

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  • 6 Helpful
August 18, 2014
Rated 4.0

Firstly, not called this anymore. Now called Cars on the Route. Have makeshift cars to look like those out of Cars cartoon movie. They let you get in and take a photo. Women very friendly and talked about the vehicles etc and how they relate to inspiration for the movie. Worth a pit stop.

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  • 0 Helpful
October 02, 2017
Rated 5.0

A MUST stop for authentic/historic Route 66! Melba is a wonderful oral historian, I only wish I could remember all the facts she shared. Dean ‘Crazy Legs’ Walker also gave us a wealth of other places to see on our trip west. SO glad I didn’t listen to the driving husband who said we had taken a wrong turn!

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October 01, 2016
Rated 5.0

The store was closed when we stopped by but still cute for a quick stop!

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  • 2 Helpful
June 27, 2016
Rated 5.0

They were not open when we arrived but it was a great stop! Our kids love Cars and they did such s good job replicating them :)

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  • 37 Helpful
June 27, 2016
Rated 3.0

Fun place if you loved Cars or have kids that do. The service station is also a great backdrop for photos of Route 66 glory days. Unfortunately we got there just as they were closing and couldn't talk to the lady behind the counter much.

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  • 1 Helpful
June 11, 2016
Rated 3.0

You can't do a Route 66 trip without stopping in Kansas, and this stop works. We stopped, waited to purchase a souvenir (because there seemed to be one woman working both the gift shop and the restaurant) took a couple pictures and left. If you have kids, then stop. If not, the "downtown" area looked better suited for adults and very quaint.

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May 26, 2016
Rated 4.0

Great for a photo op--free, the people were nice, right on the route, got some awesome pics!

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Cars on the Route

119 N Main St
Galena, Kansas
66739 USA


Open now until 6:00 pm
  • Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards not Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi
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