Day 6: Kansas, Route 66

A short ramble through Kansas…

DAY 6 PLAN:
DRIVE: Bennett Springs State Park, MO to Galena, KS to Tulsa, OK (estimated 350 miles / 6 hours straight driving) — stop to resupply en route
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: Visit Gay Parita Sinclair, Paris Springs | Drive Ribbon Road Sidewalk Highway, Miami | Visit Totem Pole Park, Foyil
ARRIVE: Tulsa

RESOURCES: DAY 6 PLANNING PAGE | BENNETT SPRINGS WEATHER | TWIN BRIDGES WEATHER | TULSA WEATHER | KEYSTONE PARK WEATHER

NOTES FROM THE ROAD: FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME (the drive through Kansas)

American Pop Artist, Andy Warhol, famously said, “In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.” Well, for Kansas it is more like 15 miles… Actually, there are only 13.2 miles of Route 66 that go through this state. But it is some of the best preserved stretches of the old road, and we definitely wanted to spend more than 15 minutes there … [ read more ]

REFLECTIONS & OTHER THINGS: KANSAS COW TOWNS (the wild west)

Random gunfire, loud saloons and the notoriety of being the “wildest” town in the West once characterized a series of Kansas “cow towns” including Baxter Springs on Route 66. These cow towns were at the northern end of trails that cowboys used to drive herds of Texas longhorn cattle to the railroad depots for shipment east… [ read more ]

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL: PORTFOLIO: KANSAS ROUTE 66 (images of Kansas 66 highlights)

The drive through Kansas is short, but we enjoy the stretch architecturally authentic American Main streets. Felt like we were driving through a movie-set, as the visual style began to resemble something familiar from old western films. This portfolio contains a selection of imagery from Kansas Route 66 including the stenciled “66″ on cracked asphalt and a deserted Main Street… [ read more ]

KANSAS ROUTE 66 THINGS WE LIKE:
Four Women on the Route, and their restored Kon-O-Tex station (hint: inspiration for “Cars” movie)…
Eisler Brothers Old Riverton store, because they were open “late” and had great postcards…
Cafe on the Route, because they were robbed by Jesse James’ gang back when they were a bank…