Archives in the Kansas Route 66 Area

Route 66 passes through Kansas for just 13.2 miles, but it remains an outstanding stretch of Route 66 with several roadside attractions, many of which are on the National Register of Historic Places including the Galena Viaduct (Kansas Route 66 Historic District-East Galena), Nelson’s Old Riverton Store (Williams’ Store), Rainbow Bridge (Brush Creek Bridge) the last Marsh Arch Bridge on Route 66, and the Kansas Route 66 Visitor’s Center (Baxter Springs Independent Oil and Gas Service Station). Kansas also has dedicated institutions that house historical documents, maps, and books regarding Route 66.

  • The Galena Archival Library has several newspapers and blueprint collections dealing with the revitalization of Route 66. These archives are staffed by hard-working volunteers who will arrange appointments for visitors.

Galena Archival Library

217 W 7th St,
Galena, KS 66739
(620) 783-1757

  • The Galena Mining & Historical Museum houses documents and photos as well as physical artifacts left behind by those who worked in the Southeast Kansas area along Route 66. Complete with a host of vintage vehicles on display.

Galena Mining & Historical Museum

319 W 7th St
Galena, KS 66739
(620) 783-2192

  • A key repository for Kansas Route 66 information is the Baxter Springs Heritage Center & Museum. The volunteer staff maintains our 20,000-foot facility and a full climate controlled archive room. Included in the archives are books, newspapers, government records, photos, and map collections pertaining to Route 66. Visitors can explore the Route 66 heyday by walking through our 1930’s brick street, shop display.  The archives are available to visitors by appointment during museum hours from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Sundays.

Baxter Springs Heritage Center & Museum

740 East Avenue
Baxter Springs, KS 66713
(620) 856-2385

  • The Kansas Route 66 Visitors Center, located in Baxter Springs, is a restored filling station. It houses artifacts and some documents pertaining to Route 66 during the 1940’s and 1950’s as well as current visitor information about Route 66. The volunteer staff keeps the Visitors’ Center open to tourists and scholars seasonally March through November 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily, as staff is available or by appointment. For appointment information please call the Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum.

Kansas Route 66 Visitors Center

940 East Ave.
Baxter Springs, KS 66713

  • A nearby institution with archives relating to local history:

Pittsburg State University: Leonard H. Axe Library

1701 S Broadway
Pittsburg, KS 66762
(620) 235-4879