Baxter Springs is a historical city of 4,238 located in extreme southeast Kansas. It's minutes away from Joplin, Missouri, the business center of the Four-State region of Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas. Being centrally located, Baxter Springs is between ninety minutes and two and a half hours away from major cities like Tulsa, Kansas City, Wichita, and Branson.
Our business district is located on Route 66, which acts as the town's main street. Come experience the Mother Road, walk where Civil War battles were fought, visit a National Cemetery that was designated by President Abraham Lincoln, and experience our rich mining and cow town heritage.
Baxter Springs is home to companies such as KMT Waterjet, YRC Freight, and ATEC Steel.
Baxter Springs Chamber of Commerce
City of Baxter Springs
Incorporated in 1877, Galena is the oldest mining town in Kansas with Route 66 at its heart. At the turn of the 20th century, it boasted a burgeoning population of 30,000 people and was one of the most important towns west of New York City. Today, Galena's population is 3,805. Walking the streets of this once-booming mining town offers a glimpse into a grand past as East Galena's historic business district was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.
Galena is home to the Evonik Jayhawk chemical plant and Celltron, an internationally known contract manufacturer of electrical cable assemblies, wire harnesses, and electro-mechanical box build and sub-assemblies for aerospace, defense, commercial, and semiconductor industries.
City of Galena
Galena Chamber of Commerce
Columbus is the second largest city and county seat of Cherokee County with a population of 3,312. It is located just 15 miles south-southwest of Pittsburg, Kansas.
In 2004, Columbus became one of the first cities to have 100% fiber to home networks. Columbus is home to Butterball, Tamko Building Products, Calibrated Forms, Inc., Advantage Metals Recycling, and the headquarters of Crossland Construction Company, one of the largest construction companies in the Midwest.
City of Columbus
Columbus Chamber of Commerce
Riverton is an unincorporated community in Cherokee County. It is located at the junction of K-66 (former U.S. Route 66) and U.S. Route Alternate and U.S. Route 400, near Spring River. It is one of only three towns in Kansas along former Route 66. Continuing west through Riverton will take you to the Marsh Arch Bridge that lies between Riverton and Baxter Springs, known as the "Rainbow Bridge." The CDP population is 929.
City of Riverton