Historical Route 66
Known as ‘Main Street America’ and ‘The Mother Road,’ Route 66 was the highway that people traveled enroute Across America from Chicago to Los Angeles, California. However, when the Eisenhower administration began its highway building program in the fifties, everything changed and much of the romance of the road became forgotten.

A portion of the original Route 66 cuts across the Southeast corner of Kansas through Galena  passing by Riverton and Eisler Bros. Old Riverton Store and running across Oklahoma and New Mexico, crossing the Arizona desert, and cutting through mountains to finally end up in California. People, rich and poor, careworn and carefree, traveled Route 66 hoping to find the rainbow's end and good fortune.

Travelers everywhere are now beginning to discover the charm of the Old Road. Today's savvy tourists follow the Old Route 66 in order to discover the true America, and the homey people who are the real fortune of our great country.

motorcycles & runners on Route 66
Hogs on the Move     &      Running Across Kansas

Galena ís Main Street Park on Route 66 gets more wrought iron fencing
Chamber hopes to reach goal to complete most of front before Christmas Parade
Main Street Park
The new fencing along Rt.66 Howard “Pappy” Litch Park.

If you have driven on Main street past 5th, you might have noticed new wrought iron fencing in between the brick posts surrounding the Route 66 Howard “Pappy Litch” Park..
Five wrought iron fence sections were permanently installed north of the Gazebo last week my Matt Schumacher and Randy Wilkins of Creative Ornamental Ironworks.

It will take a couple of weeks for the next five sections to be placed just south of the gazebo. The goal and our hope is to complete most of the front prior to the annual Christmas parade scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 6.

The Galena Chamber of Commerce needs the help of the community to see this happen. Seven sections have been funded to date, with five more being promised at $300 apiece. A wide entry walkway will open on the south near the Galena Chamber of Commerce where the two Will Rogers monuments are in place. We need funds to complete the walkways to the flag base which will be constructed west of the gazebo. Please send your donations to assist in these worthwhile projects to: The Galena Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 465, Galena, KS. 66739. Think about it, just $5 pays for a square foot of concrete. Your Chamber is working for You.

Interesting fact about Route 66:
The Galena Cemetery on the west side of Galena includes a large Civil War veteran section.

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