What in the world is a Cuban Gravel Crisis?

Bikes will travel the rural backroads of Cuba, MOduring the 1st Annual Cuban Gravel Crisis.

Riders will challenge themselves in the Cuban Gravel Crisis, on the 3rd weekend of October.

Are we out of gravel in the Cuba area? How could we be deficient in gravel with so many nearby rivers and creeks?  Well, rest assured that we have plenty of gravel on hand, and some of it is packed on the beautiful back roads of Cuba in Crawford County and Gasconade County. During Cuba Fest (the 3rd weekend of October) cyclists will challenge themselves in the 1st Annual Cuban Gravel Crisis (website).

The race will begin in historic Cuba on N. Smith Street next to the Cuba City Hall. This is on the same street where other Cuba Fest events will take place later. Riders will sign in at Cuba Senior Center parking lot. 

The Cuba Gravel Crisis race in conjunction with Cuba Fest will offer activities for the whole family. Come to town and spend the weekend.

Bikers will challenge themselves in the Cuban Gravel Crisis, on the 3rd weekend of October.

The flyer may say Top Secret, but the secret is out and male and female riders of all ages are signing up for this challenge. Choose your torture: a 20, 50, or 100 mile course.See the race’s Facebook page for continuing updates and information.

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Osage Trail Legacy Project creates historical sculpture

Osage Sculpture in Cuba, MO will tower 30 feet

The Osage Legacy sculpture will tower 35 feet in the air in the area next to  the Cuba Visitor Center and depict an Osage family traveling westward on the Osage Trail. Curtis Tutterrow photo.

Cuba, Missouri is preparing to create an Osage sculpture with the members of an Osage family and their dog  traveling Westward on the Osage Trail. The trail ran along the Osage Plateau in the Cuba area. The Osage nation has approved the project, and with a $100,000 start, a committee has been formed to continue to raise funds and oversee construction of the sculpture that will celebrate the Osage Nation nation’s history and legacy. After months of planning and approval of the city council, construction begins in 2015, and the project is expected to take two years.

The statue was the brainchild of artist Glen Tutterrow. Aided by his son Curtis, the two have created a model that allows the viewer to get an idea of  the finished steel sculpture, which will be 35 feet tall, 20 feet wide, and 80 feet in length. It will stand on land adjacent to the Cuba Visitor Center at Exit 208. This moccasin photo below gives an idea of the scale of the Ozark Legacy Project. Parts of the sculpture will be fabricated off-site and then assembled at the site. (more…)

Cuba Lakes Golf Club began with a love story

Cuba Lakes Golf Course and Club House

Lush greens and fairways enhance the setting for the historic clubhouse.

A well-run golf club is a community asset for the small Cuba, MO town of 3400. Cuba Lakes Golf Course provides a source of recreation, dining, and draws visitors for a round or two of golf. Under the management of Brad and Renee Voss the club has evolved its onsite lunch dining with daily specials and catering (both on- and offsite) and improved the course, driving range, and cart house. The Sunday Brunch is becoming increasingly popular in the area. With an eye on the future, Cuba Lakes has developed special programs for the young people of Cuba.

Cuba Lakes provide a wide-range of dining choices.

Daily specials in the dining room, Sunday brunch, and catered events meet a wide-range of dining choices. Pictured is the site of the Sunday Brunch, an increasingly popular event.

The history of the golf course begins with a love story.

In 1902, William Recklein married Ida Rau. Recklein was a successful banker and investor and a veteran of the Spanish-American War. In 1906, the Reckleins moved from South St. Louis to a farm 1 1/2 miles South of Cuba to what is now 241 Highway O. They built a beautiful home framed with native rock and planted trees to enhance the landscape. After Ida’s death, Recklein built the Cuba Memorial Library to honor his wife’s memory. He also purchased the old school buildings and grounds across from the library on North Smith Street in Cuba. He then donated the buildings and grounds to the city of Cuba to be used for education, culture, and recreation. Today, Recklein Commons  is the site of the Crawford County History Musuem and Recklein Auditorium. (more…)

Supporting Viva Cuba and Beautification Projects

Join the friends of Viva Cuba in supporting Cuba, MO beautification projects.

Join the friends of Viva Cuba in supporting Cuba, MO beautification projects.

The May 5th Giving Day is over, but Viva Cuba continues its projects to beautify Cuba. Soon the new Welcome banners will take their place on utilities poles to brighten the landscape.  Thanks to all the businesses and individuals who also do their parts to make our small town a great place to live, raise families, and do business. Viva Cuba! Here’s a summary with photos of past projects. Watch our video of some of our scenes around Cuba, MO “Route 66 Mural City.” (more…)

Cuba revisited…

Enjoy some past blog information about the Island of Cuba and Cuba, Missouri…With the island of Cuba in the news lately, its time to take another look at Cuba, Missouri’s relationship to all the Cubas. And we will repeat the story of how Cuba, Missouri got its name. And there is the Cuba, Missouri Senior Class trip of 1952 to Havana.

Cuba Missouri banner and shield

Cuba, Missouri designated “Route 66 Mural City” by the Missouri legislature.

Viva Cuba’s blog started in April 2009. With the idea that some of our newer readers may have missed a few noteworthy blogs, we occasionally feature a past blog. This one explores the idea of how many Cubas there are in the United States. Some googling and research showed that there are 9. Of course, we like to think that none are as unique as our Cuba, but you will find that some of the “other” Cuba’s also have their claims to fame.

Check out “How many Cubas are there in the US?”

If travel opened up to the island of Cuba, would you go? Some of our local Cubans have already been there. Read “Cuba, No Castro…Now and then…” to hear the story of a very special senior trip and other interesting anecdotes about our connection to the island of Cuba. The Senior Class of 1952 started their trip to Cuba by bus by way of Steelville, Missouri. You would probably pick a different method today.

Personally, if travel opened up to the island of Cuba, I would like to be one of the first ones there. I would like to set foot on Cuba, hold up a sign that says “I’m from Cuba, Missouri,” and have Anderson Cooper of CNN interview me. I am sure he would get there first. (more…)

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