Cars on the Route in Galena, Kansas on Route 66

Cars on the Route in Galena, Kansas

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Welcome to Radiator Springs. I mean, Kansas. Galena, Kansas. A town on Route 66 that partially inspired the Pixar movie Cars and where you can meet Tow Mater himself at Cars on the Route.

Cars on the Route in Galena, Kansas on Route 66

Cars is a Pixar movie set in a world where anthropomorphic talking cars populate the world. A racer,  Lightning McQueen, gets lost and finds himself in Radiator Springs, a location that was once a bustling stop on Route 66 that had since falled from maps due to highway expansion. Many of the characters and locations featured in the film were based on Route 66 attractions.

The Cozy Cone was based on Wigwam Motels, Ramone’s was the U-Drop Inn, and Lizzie’s, Hackberry General Store. One of the most iconic characters in the film was Tow Mater, a beat up tow truck who befriends and supports Lightning McQueen and teaches him a couple of tricks along the way. 

Cars on the Route in Galena, Kansas on Route 66

This character was based on an unlikely Route 66 attraction: an old 951 Harvester International Tow Truck that stands outside of a former Kan-O-Tex gas station in Galena, Kansas inspired Tow Mater.

Kansas is the state holding the shortest stretch of Route 66, with only eleven of the 2,448 miles of the iconic Mother Road. You can visit this attraction at the north end of Main Street in Galena, Kansas. The business first opened in 1934. In 2007, a group of four women – Betty Courtney, Melba Rigg, Renee Charles and Judy Courtney – purchased the property and restored it, reopening as “Four Women on the Route.”

Cars on the Route in Galena, Kansas on Route 66

Now, the old service station is known as Cars on the Route and has been converted into a cafe where you can find sandwiches, snacks, and Route 66 and Cars souvenirs. You can visit for a quick bite and to meet the rusty old tow truck who inspired the Disney character. The owners have even added cartoon eyes for those who can’t quite make the connection. And they’ve added a few more cars to complete the collection.

Be sure to visit Cars on the Route in lightning speed because this Kansas roadside attraction will surely have you saying “Ka-Chow!”

Cars on the Route in Galena, Kansas on Route 66
Cars on the Route in Galena, Kansas on Route 66
Cars on the Route in Galena, Kansas on Route 66
Cars on the Route in Galena, Kansas on Route 66
Cars on the Route in Galena, Kansas on Route 66
Cars on the Route in Galena, Kansas on Route 66
Cars on the Route in Galena, Kansas on Route 66
Cars on the Route in Galena, Kansas on Route 66
Cars on the Route in Galena, Kansas on Route 66
Cars on the Route in Galena, Kansas on Route 66
Cars on the Route in Galena, Kansas on Route 66
Cars on the Route in Galena, Kansas on Route 66

Cars on the Route

Address: Kan-O-Tex Service Station, 119 N Main St, Galena, KS
Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 10am-3pm
Cost: Free to See

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Welcome to Radiator Springs. I mean, Kansas. Galena, Kansas. A town on Route 66 that partially inspired the Disney Pixar movie Cars and where you can meet the character Tow Mater himself at Cars on the Route. Visit this vintage service station roadside attraction a Route 66 road trip through Kansas.  #RoadTrips #RoadTripStop  #Route66 #Route66RoadTrip #KansasRoute66 #Kansas #KansasRoadTrip #KansasRoadsideAttractions #RoadsideAttractions #RoadsideAttraction #RoadsideAmerica #RoadTrip
Welcome to Radiator Springs. I mean, Kansas. Galena, Kansas. A town on Route 66 that partially inspired the Disney Pixar movie Cars and where you can meet the character Tow Mater himself at Cars on the Route. Visit this vintage service station roadside attraction a Route 66 road trip through Kansas.  #RoadTrips #RoadTripStop  #Route66 #Route66RoadTrip #KansasRoute66 #Kansas #KansasRoadTrip #KansasRoadsideAttractions #RoadsideAttractions #RoadsideAttraction #RoadsideAmerica #RoadTrip

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Val

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited over 300 roadside attractions across 31 states and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!

Val also blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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