Riverton was once a
popular motor court and gas station called Camp Joy. However by
the 1960s, Camp Joy had all but disappeared.
after crossing the Spring River, The Spring River Inn and a country
club were constructed on the grounds of the electric plant, north of
Lake Lowell. Built in 1905, the Inn and country club first
catered to the wealthy patrons from
and became the social center of the area. However, when the
depression hit, the club was sold in 1932 and was used as a boating
Reopening in 1952, the restaurant and inn catered to
the many travelers of the
Mother Road. The
restaurant was known for its thirty-five-foot buffet table loaded with
home-cooked food, cinnamon pull-apart rolls and squaw bread. In the
mid 1990's the Inn and restaurant closed and a couple of years later
the Inn burned to the ground. The restaurant has never reopened
and as of this writing in 2010, the property was for sale.
The biggest attraction is the old
Eisler Brother Store, built in 1925. A one-of-a-kind landmark,
the store was originally a Standard Station. By 1932, a "Y Not Eat
Barbecue” had been added. The Eisler family bought the location in
1973 and opened a market and deli. The old building is well maintained
and still contains the original pressed tin ceiling. Be sure to stop
here where you can not only see a variety of
Route 66 souvenirs,
but also enjoy an old-fashioned deli sandwich while watching the
Mother Road travelers
by the store’s front porch.
Continuing west through
Riverton at the 66 Junction with 69 Alternate & U.S. 400, you
will soon come upon the Marsh Arch Bridge that lies between
Springs, known as the "Rainbow Bridge."
In 1992, construction of a softer curve bypassed the Rainbow Bridge at
Brush Creek. After a hard fight by the
Route 66 Association, County officials
agreed to leave the Brush Creek Bridge standing as a historic landmark.
Today, the bridge can be
viewed in its historic setting and can be driven by south-bound traffic
Now, that you've enjoyed the quaint tiny
Riverton, head on down the road to
Kansas' First Cowtown -
Baxter Springs for more
Route 66 icons as well as a wealth of
of America, updated May, 2010.