May 7, 2016 32nd Annual Cuba, MO Trash Bash. Details Below!
When Carolyn Sanazaro got a call early on April Fool’s day 2008 from someone saying she was Heidi Glaus from Channel 5 and that she wanted to come to film the raising of The Route 66 Rocker, she thought it was an April Fool’s Joke. Sanazaro and her husband Dan own the Route 66 Fanning US66 Outpost & General Store, 4 miles west of Cuba, and they were planning to set Dan’s brainchild, The Route 66 Rocker in place that day.
Sanazaro told her that she sounded like Tara Brewer, their friend and insurance agent. Sanazaro said, “Is this an April Fool’s joke?” Glaus had mentioned the giant rocker early on Channel 5’s Today Show, and the Sanazaros had calls from friends about it. Sanazaro thought one of their friends was playing a joke on them by impersonating Glaus. Glaus assured her that she was Heidi Glaus, and she was from Channel 5.
In the fall of 2015, the Guinness World’s Largest Rocking Chair in Fanning/Cuba MO lost its designation of World’s Largest Rocking Chair (2008-2016) to a new rocker in Casey, Illinois. Owner Dan Sanazaro didn’t let this phase him. As he was expanding the Fanning US66 General Store and Archery Range as well as the Fanning Feed Store and grounds, he decided it was time for the Route 66 rocker to have a new look. After all, it is the 90th Anniversary of Route 66. Time to celebrate!
Sanazaro hired Brown & Son Painting for one of its more unusual commissions, which would be completed in December 2015. The Rocker was going red! Adam Brown and his assistant Jeff Williams met the challenge, and today the rocker has a new energy. Some think it is Cardinal red, one lady’s granddaughter thought it was painted red for Christmas, and fans of Sammy Hagar says it reminds them of the Red Rocker. Owner Dan Sanazaro says it reminds him of a much smaller red rocker that used to be between the towns of Cuba and Steelville, MO. But he would be happy to have Sammy Hagar join a list of other celebrities to visit and be photographed at the rocker.
Thousands of travelers & locals stopped to take photos of the World’s Largest Rocking Chair. Lit at night, it’s still a photo op. Now that the Rocking Chair is transformed to the Route 66 Red Rocker, they can all return for a new & unique photo.
Read this blog for more details and photos of the Rocker’s history.
Happy 90th Anniversary Route 66!
You have enriched and aided the development of Cuba, MO since your beginnings. At first, you brought workers and jobs to our small town. Then you brought streams of traffic and travelers. You created the need for hotels, roadside tourist courts like the Wagon Wheel Motel & Cafe, the small gas stations, and stores to serve their needs. You brought the famous, the infamous, and every day travelers.
For a town that grew up around the railroad and its commerce, you sometimes created the need for the backdoors to become the front doors (The Southern Hotel and Hotel Cuba). The city had to build an underground tunnel under Route 66 on Washington and Smith Street so that pedestrians could move safely across the nation’s highway. Mary & Sam Vitali moved their small general store across the tracks to front Route 66. There they raised their family and became a hub of the small community of Fanning, four miles west of Cuba.
Route 66 created our history and filled our memories. We appreciate its legacy and the national and international travelers that it still brings, searching for the nostalgia of an earlier time.
Happy 90th Anniversary Route 66.
A few past blogs with some Route 66 Tales and History
Feel free to share your own stories of Route in the comments.
Christmas Over Route 66 Cuba, Missouri print now available in 5X7″ postcard and available for purchase online.
In 2012 Viva Cuba, a community beautification organization, introduced its Christmas Over Route 66 print. The 18X24″ print is suitable for framing as you can see above.
Now, you can also purchase 5X7″ postcards suitable for mailing or framing.
Proceeds from the sales of prints and postcards are used for beautification projects along Route 66 in Cuba, MO.
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