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By KsRt66 (5 McR Points) on Mar 26, 2013

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The route starts on the Missouri/Kansas state line west of Joplin Missouri. Follow the Ks. Historic Byway signage through the 13.2 miles of Kansas Route 66. The route travels through Galena, Riverton and the Marsh Arch Bridge before continuing into Baxter Springs. At the south end of Baxter Springs the route will take you to the Oklahoma state line. The rider will encounter many different types of scenery during this segment of the Mother Road.For more information: https://www.travelks.com/ksbyways/route66 Make this part of your Historic Route 66 Mother Road motorcycle tour.


Kansas' Historic Route 66 Byway offers opportunities for visitors to enjoy a variety of experiences to "get their own kicks" while driving the original Kansas portion of Route 66, found in the "Ozark Plateau" or Southeast corner of the state. Drive over many of the original structures of "The Mother Road," including the only remaining Marsh Arch Bridge on Route 66, or stop at the Nelson's Old Riverton Store, known as one of the most authentic, still working 75 year old stores of its kind on all of Route 66. Take your picture with the tow truck that was the inspiration for the character "Mater" from the "Cars" movie or discover Schemerhorn Park and the Southeast Kansas. Continuing south from the Marsh Arch bridge this area is typical of Route 66 with its rolling farmland. Upon entering Baxter Springs you will find a town with a Civil War, cowtown, railroad and Native American history. The road continues through Baxter Springs and meets with Oklahoma Route 66 at the stateline to continue your journey down the Mother Road.

Drive Enjoyment

Parts of Route 66 have been repaved but the road is a variety of slightly rolling hills, some curves. There is a variety of the old road along with some 4 lane highway for a few miles.

Tourism Opportunities

There is a variety of places to eat and take a break along the way. There are many options from coffee and sandwich shops, fast food or sit down and enjoy a meal. All locations are biker friendly and would enjoy your visit.

Motorcycle Road Additional info

"Get your kicks on Kansas Route 66" We are a Kansas Historic Byway and the signage is completely marked by new signage.

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