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Historic Route 66 curves into this charming, friendly old mining town that inspired several characters and sights of Radiator Springs in the Disney movie “Cars”.

Cars on the Route is a restaurant and retro gas station that’s home to the original L-170 truck that inspired the character Mater, the buck tooth tow truck voiced by Larry the Cable Guy.

When planning your Route 66 trip, come through during Galena Days and the Galena Days Car Show. Celebrate with a parade, carnival, live entertainment, and more. Get your photo with Mater and his friends, and a brilliantly colored downtown mural that greets travelers.

And be sure to tour the Galena Mining & Historical Museum to learn about the oldest mining town in Kansas.