I see a lot of funny things on my road trips: World’s Largest Whales, giant catsup bottles, hotels shaped like a potato. But sometimes something seemingly simple also gives me a chuckle. While stopping in Galena, Kansas on my Route 66 road trip I happened upon these dueling Pepsi and Coca-Cola Murals across the street from each other and their bantering juxtaposition gave me a laugh.
Route 66 Coca-Cola Mural
101 E 7th St, Galena, Kansas
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The Coca-Cola Mural in Galena, Kansas is a new work of art based on vintage designs. The 16 by 60 foot mural was completed by Mythiq Art & Mural from Joplin, Missouri and sponsored by the soda company in 2019. It can be found on the Schwartz Building on the corner of Route 66 and Main Street. The bright green and red painting says “Refresh Yourself” and “Drink Coca-Cola – Delicious and Refreshing” and includes a black and white Route 66 shield. Ironically it was painted over an old Pepsi sign.
Route 66 Pepsi Mural
66 W 7th St, Galena, Kansas
Across the street from the Galena Coca-Cola mural you can find a rival Pepsi mural that was painted sometime after. This mural features the soda company’s red and blue logo, a depiction of a vintage-style delivery truck, and a Kansas 66 shield.