The last remaining Marsh Arch cement bridge on the original Route 66 remains between Riverton and Baxter Springs.
You can leave the newer section that bypassed the bridge and drive over this historic old bridge.
It's a great photo-op and place to take a break.
This old Phillips 66 gas station was restored thanks to a National Park Service Route 66 Corridor grant.
Many other old Route 66 business in
Baxter Springs await adoption and restoration !
The Baxter Museum (above) includes a 1926 LaFrance firetruck complete with the fireman who drove her on 66!
ROUTE 66 Visitors Center
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
Left: New, muli-color welcome banners are prolific in the downtown area. The inset shows the previous banners. The Phillips 66 sign marks the location of the Kansas Visitors Center.
Below: This vintage Greyhound is parked nearby.
Left: Typical of small towns on old Route 66, empty buildings are common. Spend a few minutes observing them and you can learn a lot. At first glance, this looks like a movie theater, but it's not.
The emblem on the facade appears to be an F.D.I.C. logo and a night-time depository drawer is on the far left.
The old alarm bell housing is labeled "Bankers Electrical Protection Co." This alarm company was in business in 1920 and the bell has outlasted the company.
This was likely a bank or a Savings and Loan, and is looking for a new owner.
Left: This neat neon sign marks a 50's style soda fountain that presently serves as a study center for school students, and is not open to the public. Worth a look though.
Above: More than 40 cyclists from Norway and their support vehicles pass through Baxter Springs on their way to Chicago.
NOTE: As with most Route 66 communities, larger groups and big RV's will find plenty of free parking away from traffic on the side streets.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Baxter Springs, KS.
HEAR IS SOMETHING NEW IN BAXTER SPRINGS KANSAS !
In case you have been asleep at the wheel, the Route 66 Chamber is alerting you to a HUGE Route 66 restoration in the Mother Road town of Baxter Springs, Kansas Here are the details......
The 'DECADES of WHEELS' museum is a tribute to beloved cars and motorcycles throughout history, from a Model T and Hellcat Chargers to vintage Corvettes and a ‘71 Husqvarna owned by Steve McQueen.
Spend the entire day on Military Avenue (Route 66), where we are located, with a visit to the Decades of Wheels museum, then a family-friendly restaurant, go-kart track, kids’ funhouse, and a Bistro and Bar!