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Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum


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Tow Mater the tow truck of the Pixar movie Cars, voiced by Larry the Cable Guy in the film, is a composite of NASCAR superfan and non-Route 66er Douglas "Mater" Keever of North Carolina, Dean Walker, a mover and shaker at the Kansas Historic Route 66 Association; and Harley Russell, co-owner of the Sandhills Curiousity Shop in Erick, Okla. Walker can turn his feet backwards and frequently can be found at the Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum in Baxter Springs, Kan. Russell, who for many years was a professional musician, and his wife, Annabelle, performed music and offbeat comedy as the Mediocre Music Makers at their shop in Erick, which he describes as the "Redneck Capital of the World." Harley and Annabelle have taken time off because of her recent bout with cancer, but they plan to eventually resume their tourism music gig. Harley Russell's speaking voice, by the way, sounds very much like Mater's.


Baxter Springs, Kansas, United States

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