Tow Mater - Cars on Route 66 - Galena, Kansas, USA.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita
N 37° 04.825 W 094° 38.338
15S E 354319 N 4105049
Quick Description: This Kan-O-Tex, 1934 vintage gas station on the Historic Route 66, features 2 look-alike Cars characters. It was the inspiration for one of the Service stations, Mater or Tow Mater, breakdown truck in the 2006 Movie Cars. Located in Galena, Kansas.
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 3/9/2015 10:11:04 AM
Waymark Code: WMNG1J
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
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Long Description:
This old breakdown truck is considered by many to be the original breakdown truck, for the Movie Cars. When the folks at Pixar were doing their research along the Mother Road for "Cars the Movie" they found these old tow truck in Galena, Kansas.

There are two ways to enter Kansas from Missouri on Route 66.
The Historic route along front road, then South on Main, and since 1979 the 4 lane upgrade alignment KS-66, Where it joins the original old historic route at Main street.

The opening of I-44 not only bypassed the town of Galena, but also bypassed the State of Kansas.

"The Kan-O-Tex Service Station in Galena, Kansas, is a roadside diner and souvenir shop in the former Little's Service Station building, a Kan-O-Tex filling station which originally served U.S. Route 66 motorists in 1934.

Galena, Kansas is a former mining town, named in 1877 for galena, a lead sulphide ore extracted locally. U.S. Route 66 was designated in 1927; by 1929 Kansas and Illinois were the first to completely pave their respective segments of this highway.

Little's Service Station installed its fuel pumps on the former site of the Banks Hotel (demolished 1933) at 119 North Main Street in Galena; an automobile repair shop was added later. Before Interstate 44 opened in the area in 1961, bypassing Kansas entirely, U.S. Route 66 in Kansas was a vibrant part of the "Mother Road" which led from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California and former local mining towns like Galena and Baxter Springs would be filled with roadside diners, motels, tourist camps, service stations and trucking companies to serve travellers on the U.S. Highway as it passed through Kansas on its way between Joplin, Missouri and Miami, Oklahoma.

Lead and zinc mining in the Tri-State district had largely ended by the 1960s, leading to a local population decline and the closure of many of the town's businesses. In 1979, US 66 in Galena was taken off its former Main Street alignment (which came in from Missouri as Front Street, turned south on Main Street, then followed the current K-66 route to Riverton) and routed directly onto 7th Street, bypassing the station. US 66 would become Kansas state route 66 in 1985, but the station sat vacant, closed and largely abandoned until its 2007 restoration.

The Kan-O-Tex Service Station was restored in 2007 and renamed to 4 Women on the Route. Located seven blocks north of the current (7th Street) Kansas Route 66, the station retains the original aesthetic design of the fuel pumps and exterior façade but places a diner-style lunch counter in what once would have been the service bay of the station's repair garage.

It bears the branding of the former Kanotex Refining Company (1909-1953), a now-defunct regional fuel brand named for Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. The Kan-O-Tex logo was a Kansas sunflower behind a five-point star.." Text Source: (visit link)

Address of the station:
119 N. Main, Galena, KS, 66739, USA.
Car make/model: Chevy Breakdown Truck

Viewing time: From: 8:00 AM To: 8:00 PM

Interaction with car: no

Admission price: free

Is the car an original?: yes

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