Gearhead Curios

Galena, Kansas

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The historic 1939 Texaco gas station in Galena, Kansas had seen better days. That is until an army veteran got involved. The now-restored Texaco station on Route 66 has a refreshed appearance and bright neon and is home to Gearhead Curios and a nod to Cars.

Army and Coast Guard veteran Aaron Perry, of Wakarusa, Kansas bought and began to restore the old Texaco station in 2018. A road trip enthusiast himself, Perry wanted to own a piece of Route 66 in his retirement. He found the property while passing through town, saw the For Sale sign, and closed on it soon after.

Perry has since restored the native stone, fixed the leaky roof, gave it a fresh coat of paint, and did other necessary repairs. A new neon light display has been added along with a 1951 Hudson Hornet, painted blue to resemble ‘Doc Hudson’ from the movie Cars that pays homage to another famous Kansas Route 66 attraction down the street: Cars on the Route. You’ll also find an American flag made from antique Kansas license plates, an awning made from car hoods, a Big Boy statue, a Betty Boop statue, and, coming later in 2024, a brand new muffler man!

Don’t forget to stop inside to find Route 66 souvenirs and to use their unique bathroom!

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Gearhead Curios in Galena, Kansas

Gearhead Curios

Address:
520 S Main St, Galena, KS 66739

Hours:
10:00am - 6:00pm, Tuesday-Saturday

Cost:
Free

Phone Number:
(785) 554-7694

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Photos of Gearhead Curios in Galena, Kansas

Big Boy Statue at Gearhead Curios in Galena, Kansas
Cars movie Car at Gearhead Curios in Galena, Kansas
Roadside Attraction Information Sign at Gearhead Curios in Galena, Kansas
Vintage Gas Pumps at Gearhead Curios in Galena, Kansas
Big Boy Statue at Gearhead Curios in Galena, Kansas
American Flag License Plate Mural at Gearhead Curios in Galena, Kansas
Betty Boop Statue at Gearhead Curios in Galena, Kansas
Bathroom at Gearhead Curios in Galena, Kansas
Gearhead Curios in Galena, Kansas

Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to Gearhead Curios in Galena, Kansas, here are some things to know before you go.

  • Easy street parking available.
  • Located central to all the best attractions in Galena. Pull over and explore!

Where to Stay Near Gearhead Curios

Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest with a stay at one of these hotels near this Kansas Route 66 roadside attraction.

Boots Court Motel

The Boots Motel in Carthage, Missouri opened in 1939. This historic Route 66 motor hotel hosted actor Clark Gable numerous times.

Stay on 66

With only 13 miles of road, there aren’t too many motels on Kansas Route 66. Stay on 66 fills a need with boutique B&B experiences. With properties like the The Old Riverton Post B&B in Riverton and The Mollie Retreat on Route 66 in Galena, you have warm options if you want to spend the night in Kansas.

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