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Cars on the Route, Galena

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Gift & Specialty Shop · Hidden Gem · Shopping
It is this old garage on the old Route 66 in Galena, Kansas, where the director John Lasseter and Joe Ranft of Pixar “Cars” saw the rusty old tow truck that inspired the character “Tow Mater”. It’s a great place to stop by and enjoy the story with old gas pumps, food, and 66 collectibles. You can even enjoy its celebrity Tow Truck. Other inspirations for the film were also found in Galena such as parts of the city itself.
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  • The inside was not open as I was there on a Sunday but the outside was great some for cute Route 66 photos. Some interesting surroundings too.  more »
  • We arrived after hours of the small gift shop but as fans of the movie Cars and the nostalgia of Route 66 we had to stop and take some pictures. The short drive through downtown Galena provided...  more »
  • For all Cars movie fans out there, you get to see first hand the actual garage and cars that inspired the movie. Very well set and maintained site with a small gift shop. Right on the main street of the town of Galena which is a classic small rural former mining town.
  • This was a fun stop on our route 66 trip. I can't speak to the cafe as it was not open when we arrived. Great location for photos and to stop

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