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Cars on the Route

119 N Main St, Galena, Kansas 66739 USA

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“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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  • 4 Helpful
June 28, 2017

Closed Sunday -Tuesday every week.

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Austin Coop

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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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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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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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May 23, 2021
Rated 4.0

Very cute stop. they have really gotten into the spirit of Route 66. well worth driving past at least

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April 12, 2021
Rated 5.0

Great little stop to share with the kids back home.

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March 26, 2021
Rated 5.0

We rolled through town on a Sunday and they were closed but it was still worth visiting this site and the quaint little town.

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June 25, 2020
Rated 5.0

A cute place to do a photo ops. Went after hours.

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June 15, 2020
Rated 3.0

A fun spot but it was closed when we visited.....much more to see when they are open.

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June 30, 2018
Rated 5.0

Such a fun place to stop with my three boys! They absolutely loved the cars and it feels like you’re in a scene from the movie. We arrived after closing (3pm) so i didn’t get to try the burgers but I’ll bet they’re amazing! Definitely worth the stop for Disney fans and kiddos!

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Cars on the Route

119 N Main St
Galena, Kansas
66739 USA


Closed Now
  • Wed - Sat: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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  • Outdoor Seating
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