Baxter Springs Heritage Center

740 East Avenue
Baxter Springs, KS 66713

Phone: (620) 856-2385


Contact: Mary Billington, Museum Director

Web site:

Institution Type: Museum


Description: The Baxter Springs Heritage Center is a museum with archives and exhibits focused on Kansas and the tri-state area. They have significant collections on mining, historic sites, photographs, early settlement, and Route 66. The Center works with students, educators, community groups, tourism authorities, and others to document the vital history of the southeastern Kansas. Topics covered specific to Route 66 include: Prehistory, Building and Planning of Route 66, Early Route 66, Wartime Transportation, Roadside Businesses, Crime, Tourism on Route 66, Architecture and Art, Lead & Zinc Mining and Local History.

Regions Covered: Route 66 in Kansas, Route 66 in Other States

Type of Materials: Oral histories, vertical files, audio-visual and related materials, scrapbooks, photographs, newspaper clippings.

Time Periods: 19th and 20th Centuries


Facility Hours:
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Sunday 1:00 PM- 4:00 PM

Research Hours:
Same as above, by appointment. Open to the public.

Online Research/Catalog System: