Monday, February 1, 2016

"Cars" Tourism Revitalizes Kansas Town-- Part 1

From the Oct. 25, 2015, Arkansas Traveler by Jaime Dunaway.  Recently documentary film makers were in Galena, Kansas, taking pictures of the reddish brown 1951 International boon truck that inspired the "Cars" movie character "Tow Mater."

This truck gets lot of visitors and can be found in front of the Cars on the Route place of business (formerly Four Women of the Route).City Clerk of Galena Renee Charles and three partners took a rundown former gas station and reopened it as a tourist attraction.  One of their huge acquisitions was "Tow Mater."

Before "Tow Mater" people would come through and either drive by or stop in for just a short time, but not anymore.  Even better, they are spending money.

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