The historic 1939 Texaco gas station in Galena, Kansas had seen better days. That is, until an army veteran got involved. The now restored Texaco station has a refreshed appearance and bright neon and is home to Gearhead Curios and a nod to Cars.
Army and Coast Guard veteran Aaron Perry, of Wakarusa, Kansas bought and began to restore the old Texaco station in 2018. A road trip enthusiast himself, Perry wanted to own a piece of Route 66 in his retirement. He found the property while passing through town, saw the For Sale sign, and closed on the it soon after.
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He has since restored the native stone, fixed the leaky roof, gave it a fresh coat of paint, and did other necessary repairs. A new neon light display has been added along with a 1951 Hudson Hornet, painted blue to resemble ‘Doc Hudson’ from the move Cars and pay Homage to another famous Kansas Route 66 attraction down the street: Cars on the Route.
At the Galena Texaco station Perry opperates Gearhead Curios as a place to sell artwork he makes out of car parts alongside Route 66 souvenirs.
Gearhead Curios: Restored Texaco Station
Address: 520 S Main St, Galena, KS 66739
Cost: Free to See
Hours: Always visible, business hours vary