The Knockout Roses are, well, a knockout…

Everything’s coming up roses…

The knockout roses in the Viva Cuba Garden have garnered a lot of attention.

The knockout roses in the Viva Cuba Garden have garnered a lot of attention.

“What are those flowers in the Viva Cuba Garden? They’re beautiful.”  Viva Cuba members have been answering that question in response to the beautiful blooms in the Viva Cuba Garden.

They are knockout roses, and this is their third season.  They are a hardy landscape rose that blooms from early summer into the fall and can take heat and humidity.  They are all pretty disease resistant and don’t require a lot of care.  These are not your mother’s roses.

If you google knockout roses, you can find more details about care, colors, and varieties.  I saw that there was a double knockout rose available.

Of course, our groundskeeper Gene Beyers helps Viva Cuba keep our garden in tip-top shape so that it provides a beautiful backdrop to the roses.

Grow your own or enjoy ours.  It’s all about beautification.

The pink knockout roses surround the Garden's sign.

The pink knockout roses surround the Garden's sign.

Cuba, Missouri fourth graders show-off their history…

Desiree    dedicated her project for Missouri History Week to her grandmother Fran Eickhoff, who passed away last year.  Eickhoff was Route 66 booster and supporter of Cuba's Route 66 enterprises. See May 2009 Blog "Before the Murals, there was Fran."

Desiree dedicated her project for Missouri History Week to her grandmother Fran Eickhoff, who passed away last year. Eickhoff was a Route 66 booster and supporter of Cuba’s Route 66 enterprises. See May 2009 Blog “Before the Murals, there was Fran.”

Cuba, Missouri fourth graders know their history.

On Friday, May 15, Viva Cuba Members Jill Barnett and Jane Reed joined two busloads of  Crawford County R-II fourth graders and their teachers on a bus tour. The Viva Cuba members narrated the stories behind the murals as the big yellow bus toured the town along the Route 66 corridor. While they were at the school, the members  enjoyed seeing some of the students’ Missouri History Projects.

Viva Cuba provided the school a written curriculum on each of the murals that the classes had already studied. so the students had a good basic knowledge about the murals and Cuba’s history, including the coming of the railroad and the importance of Route 66 to the community. Jill and Jim Barnett also donated complimentary copies of the book Moments in Cuba’s History to each of the students.

Since students had studied the murals, transportation, and the Guinness World Record Largest Rocking Chair before the tour, they displayed their knowledge in some of the dioramas that they had built for their Missouri History Week projects.

The students were attentive, knew how Cuba got its name, the meaning of sesquicentennial, and other facts about Cuba’s history. The Viva Cuba members were impressed with both the students’ behavior and their knowledge of their hometown.

Students board the bus for their narrated mural tour.

Students board the bus for their narrated mural tour.

The students were particularly interested in how Cuba High School graduate Chip Lange had played a part in the Civil War murals when he was a high school student and was pictured in one of the mural panels. (See April 2009 “Young people and the murals blog) Lange was scheduled to speak to the students the next Monday on Civil War activities in Cuba.

At the end of the tour, Viva Cuba members invited the students to someday become Viva Cuba members and join them in beautifying Cuba.

For Cuba 4th graders, history has stepped out of the history books and onto the streets of their town.

Viva la Cuba!

Dylan Lemon featured Route 66, the murals, and the big rocker in his display.

Dylan featured Route 66, the murals, and the big rocker in his display.

Mikayla Lakener featured the story of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart's visit to Cuba.

McKayla featured the story of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart's visit to Cuba in her project

They showed us the money…

The bidding was brisk.  At the end, the checkbooks came out, and the final results were tallied.

The bidding was brisk. At the end, the checkbooks came out, and the final results were tallied.

On Saturday, May 9, 2009, at Java.net Books and Gifts, chair collectors gathered to bid on Viva Cuba’s latest group of customized chairs, tables, and benches.  Artists once more rallied to provide Viva Cuba with a striking array of painted furniture that was available for bidding.

Mary Miller and her staff at Java.net kept the crowd happy with coffees, chocolates, ice cream, and lunches.

Auctioneers Bruce Campbell and Franky Todd stirred the crowd at the live auction portion of the event.  After the silent auction ended at 12:30 pm, Viva Cuba patrons had added over $2700 to Viva Cuba’s coffers for future beautification projects and mural maintenance.

Thanks to the artists and bidders, more flowers will be planted and beauty will increase on the streets of Cuba.

One of this year's favorites was this Fredbird rocker that is destined for Phil Mullen's grandson, who is primed to be an early Cardinal's fan.

One of this year's favorites was this Fredbird rocker that is destined for Phil Mullen's grandson, who is primed to be an early Cardinal's fan.

20 Things to do in Cuba, Missouri…Route 66 Mural City…or maybe more

Cuba, Missouri attractions

Visit Historic Cuba, Missouri where art meets history.

Bette Davis, Harry Truman, and Amelia Earhart visited Cuba Missouri, why don’t you?

Attractions and Activities to enjoy while visiting Cuba, Missouri…Check our Events tab on www.cubamomurals.com for specific dates. Bring your camera! We are a pretty little town with lots of photo worthy attractions.

1. 12 Outdoor Murals along the Route 66 corridor through Historic Uptown Cuba tell the story of Cuba’s history from 1857 when it was founded.

Get a mural brochure at the Visitor Center at Exit 208 on I-44 or in area restaurants and businesses.

2. Spend some time at the History Museum/Veterans Memorial/Public Library at Recklein Commons on Smith Street two blocks off Route 66.

Crawford Country History Museum and Veterans Memorial

Cuba Veteran’s Memorial sits in front of the History Museum on Smith Street. The Cuba Fest is held in this area on Smith Street. The library is across the street from the museum.

3. Visit  Antique Malls/Resale Shops

4. Enjoy Specialty Shops such as Three Mile Creek, home of Missouri’s Largest Bed Frame and custom lodge/western furniture.

5. Cruise Historic Route 66 through Cuba.

Visit the Historic Landmark Wagon Wheel Motel & Connie”s Shoppe for photos of the oldest motel on Route 66.

See the 1931 Phillips 66 Station at the intersection of Hwy. 19 and Route 66.

6.  Spend some time at the Crawford County Fair in July.

Located at Hood Park, just off Route 66. Hood Park is also a location for walking and biking.

7. Take a photo at the Guinness World Record Largest Rocking Chair, “A Route 66 Wonder” on the site of Fanning  Outpost US 66 General Store and Archery Center with indoor and outdoor ranges, including one 3D range. They also have a complete pro shop. The Sanazaros are continually upgrading their facilities and offerings. Visit their website for details and hours. Also don’t miss their “Picture at the Rocker Day” in August when you can be lifted to the seat of the rocker for photos.

Guinness World's Largest Rocking Chair Cuba, Missouri

At 42’1″ the Guinness World Record Largest Rocking Chair-4 miles west of Cuba on Route 66 is a great photo opportunity.

8. The Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center located at Exit 208 on I-44 offers coffee, water, clean rest rooms, friendly staff, free WiFi, and a lot of information. Pick up the latest Viva Cuba t-shirt while you are there. See their website for annual events and an event calendar.

Viva Cuba T-shirt 2011 Cuba Missouri

Viva Cuba’s t-shirt for 2011-12 is popular. There is now a t-shirt of the Amelia Mural available.

Exit 208 Cuba, Missouri Visitor Center

The Visitor Center is open 7 days a week, except for Christmas and Easter.

Information on local businesses, events, and activities is available. You can find information on area church services at the Visitor Center.

In March. Hundreds come to run and socialize and help raise money for local charities our 4-mile Race to the Rocker. Visit www.jog-inc.com for details.

9. Eat at one of Cuba’s independently owned restaurants. MO Hick and Frisco’s are only two. See the complete list on the Chamber of Commerce website.

10. Parks, a swimming pool, and  bike trails are available.

Cuba, Missouri Trolley

Trolley tours of the murals during Cuba Fest are a popular event.

11. Cuba Fest the 3rd Weekend in October is small town Missouri at its best. Free narrated Trolley Tours of  the Murals are available. Crafts, music, activities, food, & much more for this 2-day festival. Visit the Facebook page for details.

12. In season the Drive-In Theatre near the Visitor Center on Hwy. 19 offers a glimpse of days past with first run movies. (Check plans for the 2013 season)

13. The Cuba Lakes Golf Course on Hwy. O offers a two lake course that can be a challenge.

14. An 1873 Train Replica and Painted Traffic Control Boxes in the  Viva Cuba Garden provides a relaxing stop while walking the mural route.

15. Floating, camping, and outdoor sports at nearby Ozark area rivers are enjoyed by many visitors each year.

16. There are Industrial Enterprise Parks to Grow Your Business if you are thinking of relocating to a convenient Midwest location with a lot to offer. Check the Cuba, Missouri Chamber of Commerce website for information on industrial development in Cuba.

17.  Pick up a brochure at the Visitor Center at the I-44 Overpass for more information on some of Cuba’s historical buildings. Visit our 1908 calaboose.

Calaboose Cuba Missouri

Our 1908 jail was a no frills affair.

18. See Other public art throughout Cuba. Area business have added their own murals both inside and outside of their businesses.

19. Hayes Shoe Store on Route 66 (Smith and Washington) has two Robert Wadlow Shoes on display. Robert Wadlow was known as the “Giant of Alton.” The store is also the site of the Prosperity Corner Mural.

20.   Check the Cuba Chamber of Commerce site for any current event details or stop by the Cuba Visitor Center.

Cuba, Missouri LIons Club Car Show

This was a past car show sponsored by the Lions Club.

If that isn’t enough, you can visit nearby Steelville for the Meramec Music Theatre shows or see a concert at the historic Wildwood Lodge like you’ve never seen one before. Or you can visit one of the Cuba Livestock Sales to experience a little bit of agriculture in Mid-Missouri. Belmont Vineyard & Winery ,on Route 66 2 1/2 miles east of Cuba, has a tasting room and covered porch and pavilion for  lazy afternoons of listening to music.

Visti our main page on our blog to read more of the history, preservation, and attractions of Cuba, Missouri, the little town with a big presence.

This post to attractions is  for informational purposes. Please research on your own as times, hours, seasons, details may change without notice. 

You might also be interested in our post “5 Tips to Getting More Out of  Your Visit to Cuba, Missouri.”

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