Baxter Springs is rich in it's history, ranging from Civil War battles, lead and zinc mining, gangster robberies in the 1930's and Route 66 commerce. A visit to the Baxter Museum will be a fun experience.
The Route 66 area downtown is making many changes. Merchants are restoring buildings. A working neon sign with Route 66 Soda Fountain on a building being used for area youth and some adult classes at night.
The recently restored 1930 Phillips 66 filling station is on the National Register of Historic Places and is home to the Kansas Route 66 Visitors Welcome Center. It is also the headquarters of the Kansas Historic Route 66 Association, operated by Carolyn Pendelton, President.
On the corner of 12th & Military on Route 66, an old movie theatre is being restored. Next to that building an old drug store being restored.
Cafe on the Route has redone the outside of their building and they also have a new menu.
Van's Steakhouse is redoing their decor have you tried their