Twice a year K-State Research & Extension Family & Consumer Science Agents tour a city as part of community development. Galena, KS was the destination for the counties from the Southeast Area that toured on May 1st.
County Extension cars and vans lined main street Galena as agents gathered at the Streetcar Station Coffee Shop. Kathy Anderson, Ranee Charles and Sheryl Vogel shared improvements made in Galena, new businesses, future goals and programs in progress related to “Route 66.”
Danny Anderson then took the women on a tour of Liberty Hall Center that recreates the 1880’s and described the construction of the Route 66 Mural at Main & 7th Street. While at Liberty Hall everyone tried to guess the number of pennies in the floor. Kathy McEwan, Allen County FCS Agent came the closest and received a silver medallion.
The group then loaded up to drive to North Main to see the Boom Truck that was the inspiration for “Tow Mater” in the Pixar movie “Cars”. The truck is on display at “Cars on the Route”. Then the women toured the refurbished Bordello across the street before heading out to Premier Surgical Center for lunch at the Red Onion Expressoria. A special guided tour of the center and the vision behind the city owned hospital was given by Director Joe Caputo.
Everyone had an enjoyable day and learned a lot of history about mining in Galena plus the direction that Galena has take with Community Development and Tourism. So everyone agreed, get your “Kicks on Route 66.”
For more information on a day trip to Galena call the Galena City Clerk’s office at 620-783-5265.