Galena Celebrates Route 66's 80th. Birthday at Open House on Nov. 11th. and 12th.
All area Route 66 fans were invited to attend the Open House Party at the old filling station located at the corner of North Main Street and Front Street (both on Route 66) and helped celebrate the 80th. Anniversary of the Commissioning of Route 66, an event that occurred on Nov. 11th., 1926.
The historic old Kan-O-Tex filling station is undergoing a complete restoration, and was open to the media and the public from 10am. to 4pm. on Sat. the 11th.. A "Route 66" Anniversary cake was served at 1pm. and "Mater" sandwiches and other refreshments were served. Entertainment was provided by VISIT 66.com, with music from The Mother Road.
Highlighting the event was the first public showing of the old boom truck that was the primary inspiration for the "Mater" character in the Pixar movie "CARS". The truck was named "Tow Tater" by the winner of a contest held at Galena Elementary School, and Dean Walker, an area resident that inspired "Mater's" backwards driving was on hand Saturday to sign autographs. Ron Jones showed off his 45 tattoos featuring Route 66 postcard images of famous landmarks. Other celebs included Ron Warnick (Route 66 News) and Dale Holley ("Dales Old 66 Barber Shop".
Other nearby buildings will also be restored soon.
Our Super-Big Anniversary Cake is decorated with the Route 66 shield and "supervised" by Lightning McQueen and Mater.
Above: "Tow Tater" on display at the Nov. 11th., Route 66 Anniv. Party.