Nelson’s Riverton Store (Eisler Brothers)
7109 SE Hwy 66 (Route 66)
Grocery store, Inspiration for “Cars” character
This well-kept hole-in-the-wall is a throwback to the general store days of yore, and its owner Scott Nelson loves to talk and sing. “Route 66,” of course! Formerly “Eisler Brothers Old Riverton Store.” Look for the new sign, “Nelson’s.” The grocery claims to be the oldest continuously operating business on Route 66. They’re the headquarters for the Route 66 Association of Kansas. And a designated Hampton “Save A Landmark” site.
If you’re lucky, local denizen Dean will tell you some Spook Light tales and show off his unique double-jointed ankle trick. Dean was also the inspiration for the character Tow Maters in the movie “Cars.”Get your cameras ready!
Don’t miss this landmark 1925 soda fountain with an extensive gift and souvenir shop.
- Serving lunch
- Overall rating: good
- Major credit cards accepted.
Recommended and rated by the National Historic Route 66 Federation. To find more, check out their handy “The Dining and Lodging Guide”
To read more about sites that inspired “Cars” be sure to read Ron Warnick’s blog – Route 66 News
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