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Galena, KS

June 05, 2020

On the Kansas border you will find Hogs and Hot Rods. The building is from 1928, and the patio out back features a 1934 bus that is being remodeled to be a bar. The owner has plans to renovate an old gas station next door. Hogs and Hot Rods tries to have biker events every weekend, like wet T-shirt contests, chocolate pudding wrestling, and weenie bites. It also is involved in many poker runs and charitable benefits. This is an Old School place. Unfortunately, it serves only beer and wine. 

Galena is the first of only three Route 66 towns in Kansas. Hopefully you will have stopped for a couple of cold ones at Hogs and Hot Rods on the Kansas border.

Galena was named from a pure form of zinc ore called "galena" that was mined there. At one time, it had a population in excess of 30,000. It was the site of a violent strike by the International Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers Union in which many men were killed, including nine men at the Union's offices.

At one time, Galena had a rivalry with nearby Empire City. A stockade was built to keep people from Empire City coming to galena. It was burned down before it was completed. Eventually, Empire City became part of Galena.

Main Street has Cars on the Route Snack Shack, which is in a restored Kan-O-Tex gas station that features nice artifacts including some antique gas pumps. This used to be called "Four Women on the Route." It recently was sold. One of the original owners and most of the staff remain.

The Galena Murder Bordello, which is an abandoned whore house that was operated by serial killer Ma Staffleback, opened for guided tours and special events in October 2013. Ma, her husband and two sons supposedly robbed and killed over 50 Johns during the 1890's. The first was Frank Galbraith in 1897. Their modus operandi was to drug the target, whack him on the head with an ax, strip the poor guy of his valuables and dump him in a mine shaft. Galena's Bloody Madame died in 1909.

from Galena:

From Main S. Galena, go right on 7th St/Hwy 66 - Follow Hwy 66 to Riverton

from Galena:

From Main St Galena, go right on Front St right past the Cars on the Route Snack Shack - Stay straight onto Old 66 Blvd into Missouri - Get on MO 66 toward Joplin - Go left at the Junction of MO Hwy 66 to Joplin - Go left on Main St/Hwy 43 through Downtown Joplin

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