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Route 66 through Kansas
Entering Riverton, Kansas on Historic Route 66, you will see the Empire District Electric Company on your left as you cross over the Spring River. Built in 1890-1910, it is one of the oldest apportioning power plants in the United States.
Next you will see two posts and a sign for the Spring River Inn on your right. Only the sign remains, since the Inn was closed and then burned down in the 1990s. If you turn north at the sign and drive to the next intersection on SE 73rd Terrace, then turn right on Fox Drive, you will find the interesting little water tower in the second photo below.
The next stop is also on your right, just a few blocks farther west on Historic Route 66: Eisler Brothers Old Riverton Store - shown below with an old car being driven by other people cruising Route 66.
The Old Riverton Store was started in 1925 and purchased by the Eisler family in 1973. The neighborhood grocery store is a popular place to get delicatessen style sandwiches, Route 66 souvenirs and pink flamingos.
Before leaving Riverton, Kansas, turn left at SE 70th Street (aka Military Street) and drive south about 1 mile to the the Empire Power Dam Falls which is the most impressive water feature that I have found in Kansas.
Continuing west on Historic Route 66 you will come to US-69 Alternate, which was Route 66 in the 1960s, but continue straight on Beasley Road for the old Route. After about a mile, Route 66 will curve south and you have the choice of staying on the road and looking at the March Arch Rainbow Bridge on your right, or jogging over to the older road on your right and driving across Brush Creek on the old bridge.
Historic Route 66 in Kansas
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