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Galena in Cherokee County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Galena, Kansas

US Route 66 Will Rogers Highway

 

— Chicago to Los Angeles —

 
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By William Fischer, Jr., January 24, 2011
1. Galena, Kansas Marker
Inscription.  
Founded in 1877
Names for the ore it produced, Galena lead mining was the largest industry in our history, starting in 1873 and continuing until 1973. The mining and smelting required 3 railroads, 65 crushers, 2 smelters and 3 sludge mills to handle the ore produced from as many as 250 mines. The city sprang up with over 160 service and professional businesses. Its population grew to 30,000 people making its history the largest community within Cherokee County. What is known today as "Main Street of America" or the "Mother Road", U.S. 66 was established down our Main Street, Galena, Kansas in 1926. Dedicated as U.S. 66 Will Rogers Highway Dec. 9, 1935. Kansas has 13.2 miles of Route 66. At this point there are 1794 miles west and 606 miles east of America's U.S. Historic Will Rogers Memorial Highway U.S. 66.

"America is a land of opportunity and don't ever forget it."
Will Rogers

Dedicated 6-19-2001

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Will Rogers Highway
Dedicated 1952 to
Will Rogers
Humorist · World Traveler · Good Neighbor
This Main Street of
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By TeamOHE, May 12, 2020
2. Galena, Kansas Marker
Back Side
Click or scan to see
this page online
America
Highway 66
was the first road he traveled in
a career that led him straight to
the hearts of his countrymen

 
Erected 2001 by Galena Chamber of Commerce, Will Rogers Heritage Trust, C.P.G., and Others.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentIndustry & CommerceRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the U.S. Route 66 🛣️ series list. A significant historical date for this entry is December 9, 1935.
 
Location. 37° 4.569′ N, 94° 38.365′ W. Marker is in Galena, Kansas, in Cherokee County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and 5th Street, on the right when traveling south on Main Street. Markers are in Route 66 Howard "Pappy" Litch Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Galena KS 66739, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Route 66 Howard 'Pappy' Litch Park (here, next to this marker); Galena Growth And Change (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome To Galena (within shouting distance of this marker); Galena Chamber of Commerce, Galena, Kansas (within shouting distance of this marker); Mining And Its Impacts (within shouting distance of this marker);
Will Rogers Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 24, 2011
3. Will Rogers Highway Marker
War Memorial (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Kansas Route 66 Historic District, East of Galena (approx. half a mile away); The Kansas Ozarks (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galena.
 
Also see . . .
1. Galena's Mining History. (Submitted on June 1, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. History of Route 66 in Galena. (Submitted on June 1, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Will Rogers Biography. (Submitted on June 1, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Galena's Mining History. (Submitted on June 2, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Galena, Kansas Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 24, 2011
4. Galena, Kansas Marker
In Litch Park
Will Rogers image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 29, 2015
5. Will Rogers
This 1933-36 portrait by Charles Banks Wilson hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 1, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 857 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 1, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   2. submitted on December 4, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio.   3, 4. submitted on June 1, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   5. submitted on December 4, 2020, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.

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