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Baxter Springs seeing more tourists on Route 66

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Today is the first official full day of summer and rather than going to the beach some families are making their way to Route 66.

The Route 66 Visitors Center in Baxter Springs tell us tourism rates are higher than years past.

Families from as far away as Germany and England are getting their kicks on Route 66.

The walls at the Visitors Center in Baxter Springs are covered with names from those who have traveled the historic highway.

The director of the center, Carolyn Pendleton, says the number of tourists varies from day to day but estimates around 500 have visited in the past couple of weeks.

She says its good to see so many families wanting to participate in good-old-fashion fun.

"I think it's like a thing back in time and people like that laid back community type thing and people are so fast paced any more you don't see a lot of that," Pendleton says.  "And when they go down Route 66 they meet a lot of really nice people and friendly people and I think in cities you don't see that."

The Murphy family today stopped at Cafe on the Route in Baxter Springs on their second trip down Route 66.

John Murphy says the trip is educational, fun, and worth all the miles on his van.

"It just brings back a lot of memories, just having a good time with family," Murphy says.  "Having a granddaughter, it's a lot more fun and having more time to do it.  And we are not high tech so we chose this way to spend time with her."

The owner of Cafe on the Route, Amy Sinell, says the Murphy's are one of many out of towners that have come through her door this year.

"There is such a demand for Route 66," says Sinell.  "It is an amazing road and people love to travel it and it's an adventure for them."

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