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Galena Route 66 Tourism

Galena has a rich history as a mining town, but in recent year's their main business has been tourism.

GALENA, KS.---The town has changed over the years in an effort to get more people to stop by.

"When we first started out  we were slow, but now we have anywhere from 1,000 Americans to 3 to 4,000 Europeans within a 6 month period," said resident Melba Rigg

Then Route 66 became an attraction drawing visitors from all over the globe, like French Canadian Ray Gulien .

"It's a bikers dream I think, every bikers dream of roading all over the place I think Route 66 is the one to do," said Gulien.

It's a 5 year dream that he is now fulfilling.

"We're doing it all the way, all the small roads we can do, we started in Chicago 5 days and we're driving to Los Angeles," said Gulien.

He thinks it's important that visitors talk about their experience on Route 66 with other tourists because it helps small businesses, like the gift shop "Cars on the Route."

"This here is a good place I think she's a very dynamic lady and he believes in it, so I guess she'll make it," said Gulien.

Ray won't let the weather stop him. He and his partner drove almost a full day in the pouring rain to make it to Galena.

When we asked if it was worth it, he replied, "yes it is."

Riggs tell us she is proud of Galena residents for helping get the town back on the map as a popular spot for Route 66 travelers.

"I'm so proud of the galena people that have got on board, and bringing businesses in here, and carrying about what Main Street looks like and everything, and trying to do everything they can do to get back Galena," said Rigg.

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