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Galena

See the westbound or the eastbound Route 66 descriptions.

Population 3287 (2000)
Elevation 941 feet
Settled around 1870
Incorporated 1877
County Cherokee
State Kansas
West:
Riverton, KS
East:
Joplin, MO

History

Galena is the most eastern city on Route 66 in Kansas. Galena was a booming mining own in the late 1800s with a population of 30,000 dwarfing the current population.

In the early mining days there was rivalry with the more northern Empire City. Resulting in a stockade being built to prevent the people in Empire City from coming into Galena. The wall between the two got burned down before it could be completed. and Eventually Empire City became part of Galena and turned into a virtual ghost town.

The mining operation was after lead and zinc ore, which is the area used to be found in a rather pure form called “galena”.

Mining slowed down in the 1930s after a bloody strike and it eventually completely stopped in the 1970s.

Area attractions

Hell’s half acre

The Galena Museum