Ozark attraction in Cuba, Missouri boasts biggest bed and custom wood creations…

Reminding everyone our store hours will change effective Jan. 1st, 2013. M-F 10am to 5pm. Saturday 9am to 6pm and Sunday 1pm to 5pm. Looking forward to the New Year!

Cuba, Missouri Three Mile Creek

Three Mile Creek’s new log addition  provides a soaring space to display custom lodge and western decor.

Three Mile Creek in Cuba, Missouri is a wonderland for those who love lodge-style and western decor and furniture. The large spacious showroom features a waterfall, a creek, and a small bridge. Taxidermy animals are incorporated into the showroom to give an a more authentic rustic feel to the area. Bears, deer, a bob cat, a pheasant, and more are placed liberally around the display rooms. Custom wood furniture, built on site, is arranged to give that “at home” feel. Rustic accessories such as dish ware, soft goods, tin signs, and lamps add to the atmosphere.

Lodge-style Decor

Cuba, Missouri Three Mile Creek water feature/deer

With a running creek and accompanying wildlife intersecting the showroom, it’s not hard to envision the lodge-style atmosphere.

Featuring, red and white cedar products, the store opened in 2005. The owners had over 30 years of home and log home construction experience, so they were familiar with the kind of furnishings that their clients wanted in their homes. The new business was just an extension of the desire to give their clients what they needed for their dream homes.

In 2010, a 9000 foot showroom was added, and in the spring they will open their log home display room. Wood for their furniture and logs is milled in the wood shop next door to the showrooms.

In addition to their line of lodge and western decor items, they sell posts, railings, fireplace mantles, and log home supplies including interior and exterior stains and chinking. If you don’t see what you want, they can design and build for your needs.They also ship anywhere in the US and to other countries.

Lodge-style Decor

Three Mile Creek interior Cuba, Missouri

A waterfall and a creek with bear and deer looking on intersect the new show room.

Three Mile Creek Custom furniture

Three Mile Creek has a ready supply of handcrafted furniture, or they will custom build it for your home.

Cuba, Missouri Lodge Decor

Handcrafted furniture and other accessories help homeowners find just the right furnishings for their distinctive homes.

In addition to their furniture lines, Three Mile Creek also produces log toy kits for kids so that they can show off their own building and designing skills at a young age. The kits are manufactured in Cuba, Missouri.

70 piece Log Cabin Play Set Manufactured in Cuba, MIssouri

This Made in America product is created in Cuba.

Western Decor

On the other side of the creek that intersects the showroom, shoppers find western-styled accessories and furniture with attractive displays that are characteristic at Three Mile Creek.

Cuba, Missouri Western Decor Three Mile Creek

Western lamps, bedding, furniture, and pictures help define the western area of the store.

Restroom area Three Mile Creek

Even the attractive restroom area for Cowgirls and Cowboys displays accessories for your home.

Pickup Three Mile Creek

Nostalgia is part of the theme of  Three Mile Creek. The building showcases their log construction expertise.

Cuba, Missouri  World's Largest Bed?

Biggest Bed?

If you travel I-44 from the west to get to Three Mile Creek, you may pass their distinctive sign with a large handcrafted bed atop it. The owners say that this is the World’s Largest Bed although they have not pursued getting it certified by the Guinness organization yet. They are more concerned with getting their log home display room open in the spring.

Three Mile Creek is just one more of Cuba, Missouri’s attractions of unique businesses and public artwork that is characteristic of Cuba’s “Route 66 Mural City.” Include this stop in your Mural City experience.

Cuba, Missouri Three Mile Creek

Take exit 208 and follow these directions to Three Mile Creek. Watch for the signs. If it says “No outlet to I-44,” you are  on the right road. Voss Truck Port is now called Midwest Petroleum Travel Plaza.

Three Mile Creek

The Three Mile Creek complex on the west end of Cuba is visible from the interstate.

Contact Information:

Three Mile Creek* 60 Christina Lane*Cuba, Missouri 65453*573-885-9663*Fax (573)885-9664*info@threemilecreek.com*www.ThreeMileCreek.com

More info on the Route 66 Mural City Party on May 14…

Cuba, Missouri Route 66

Viva Cuba will host the Route 66 Mural City Party on May 14.

It’s party time in the Route 66 Mural City on May 14. A friend from Sullivan once told me, “You have a lot of events with a theme in Cuba.” She’s right we do.

For more details on this event read “May 14 Route 66 Mural City to roll out a good time” in the Cuba Free Press.

The event will make a lucky winner out of the holders of one of the 300 tickets sold.

And the annual Chair-i-table Auction will display some artist-designed and painted furniture for silent bids at the May 14th event.

It’s dinner, dancing, the drawing, and designer chairs on the 14th. Be ready, be there. Tickets go on sale February 17. Get yours early.

Cuba, Missouri Mural City Gothic Chair

Route 66 artist Ray Harvey painted the "Mural City Gothic" chair in 2010. He's on board for another chair in 2011. There will also be some new artists.

Tickets will be $100 for two for dinner, music, beer, wine, and one ticket for the drawing.

Route 66 Mural City Party 2011

Route 66 Mural City Party 2011

Revisiting the Route 66 and Highway 19 intersection…now and then…

In 2011, Viva Cuba’s blog will continue a new look at some of our earlier blogs …The blogs might feature some new photos or info that wasn’t with the original blog, and then lead  to the original post. We have new readers since the blog started in April of 2009, so we thought re-visiting might be in order for some of our more noteworthy blogs. This first new look starts with a photo that features Blues hockey star Noel Picard.

Cuba Missouri Noel Picard Midway Restaurantl

Joe Sonderman, author of Route 66 in Missouri, shared his autographed copy of Noel Picard and Midway with us.

This post features an April 14 blog on the Hwy. 19  and Route 66 intersection in Cuba, Missouri. Many Cubans grew up celebrating special occasions at the Midway building or hanging out there after school.

Cuba, Missouri Phillips 66 Station

Many of Cuba's young men got their first jobs at the station on the corner of Route 66 and Hwy.19.

Often young people in Cuba got their first jobs working at Midway or at the Paul T. Carr station across the intersection. Today, local young people might find employment at Wallis Oil Companies modern headquarters that stands at the intersection.

Many remember the Weisel family‘s florist and nursery on the lot where Viva Cuba’s Garden is today. It was often a stop for an attractive potted plant or flower arrangement. Today Viva Cuba continues the legacy of keeping the corner attractive.

Cuba, Missouri Viva Cuba Garden

After the Weisel family moved from the area, the corner later deteriorated until the Viva Cuba organization purchased the corner and, with the support of Cuba's citizens, landscaped the area and later added public art.

The intersection was referred to locally as the 4-way because there were stops signs in all four directions. Later, a stoplight was installed. Viva Cuba thought that the historical intersection would be a good place to paint a large Route 66 Mural City shield, but MoDOT didn’t agree with the proposal.

Today, while three corners of the intersection are attractive, the old Midway building’s fate is still in question.  Please look back at Historic Route 66 intersection still an important presence in Cuba, Missouri for more now and then views of this Route 66 location. The next time that you drive through the intersection, think of all those who went before you through the years.

Cuba, Missouri Midway Building

Although many Cubans have found memories of the Midway, its future is uncertain.

Cuba, Missouri antique malls a convenient attraction for collectors…

Two antique malls side-by-side are enough to make a collector’s breath quicken…Another of our series of attractions close to Viva Cuba’s outdoor murals

Two Olde Crows Antiques and Lone Star Antiques Cuba, Missouri

These two spacious antique malls sit side-by-side just off I-44.

Take I-44 Exit 208 at Cuba, Missouri. If you are coming from St. Louis turn right (if you are coming from Springfield, turn left) on the overpass. Then make a left at the stop light onto the service road or Hwy.DD. Very soon, you will spot the tops of these two buildings sitting-side-by-side on your right. If you are an antique or collectible hunter, your pulse will quicken when you spot Two Olde Crowes Antiques and Lone Star Antiques sitting side by side.

Both business showcase collectibles and antiques of all types and have row after row of vendor booths. They are both clean and well organized and should give collectors or casual lookers a nostalgic look at the past.

TWO OLDE CROWES ANTIQUES

The first building with the large Antiques sign on the roof is Two Olde Crows Antique Mall, and it is open every day of the week until 5:00 in the winter and 6:00 in the summer. “If we still have people looking at closing, we stay and don’t make people leave,” stated one of the owners. The phone number is 573-885-0833.

Cuba, Missouri Two Olde Crows Antiques

Even at the entrance you can find a sampling of the merchandise.

Cuba, MIssouri Two Olde Crows Antiques

Spacious aisles and well-ordered booths are the norm here.

Cuba, Missouri Cigar Star Indian Two Olde Crows Antique Mall

The cigar store Indian is on the lookout for buyers.

Cuba, Missouri Historical clothing Two Olde Crows Antique Mall

These locally handcrafted period costumes are a special feature of the antique mall.

Cuba, Missouri Collectibles and Antiques

The past is ever-present at the antique malls.

LONE STAR ANTIQUES

Lone Star Antiques continues the quality antique and collectible shopping, and the owners are ready to answer questions and help the shopper. The phone number 573-885-6255.

Cuba, Missouri Lone Star Antiques

The porch of Lone Star Antiques gives a glimpse of what's ahead for the shopper.

Cuba, Missouri Lone Star Antique Mall

Treasured items of the past fill Lone Star.

Lone Star Antique Mall Cuba, Missouri

Well-lit glass cases hold special items.

Cuba, Missouri Lone Star Antiques interior shot

The Lone Star Mall promises antiques, primitives, glassware, and furniture.

Lone Star Antique Mall Cuba, Missouri

An abundance of antiques and collectibles are available at Lone Star.

After checking out the antique malls, look at the colorful transportation murals (classic cars, streamliner trains, big rigs, and delivery/service trucks) inside the atrium of Midwest Petroleum Travel Plaza. Stop at the Visitor Center located across from Country Kitchen for brochures and directions for Viva Cuba’s 12 outdoor murals in the historic district and the Guinness World’s Largest Rocking Chair (42′) on Route 66.

Take a break for lunch in one of Cuba’s restaurants. Check out the two RobertvWadlow shoes, sizes 37 and 35, (the giant of Alton) at the Hayes Shoe Store. Snap photos on Route 66 of the Historic Landmark Wagon Wheel Motel, an iconic local motel since the 1930s.

Cuba’s an outstanding small town; don’t miss a thing. Definitely bring your camera!

Cuba, Missouri Visitor Center

Clean restrooms, a friendly staff, and rows of information make the Visitor Center across from Country Kitchen a favorite stop for visitors.

Read about more about the Cuba, Missouri Visitor Center.

Viva Cuba suggests that you always research attractions for yourself as hours, ownership changes, can change the nature of attractions.

Viva Cuba takes aim on 2011 for boom year…

Outpost General Store cannon Fanning, Missouri

Viva Cuba wants to make 2011 a boom year.

1. With recent wind and snow storms, you may not think Viva Cuba has been active with beautification. But plans are underway for new and continuing projects in 2011. While it is important to maintain current beautification projects, 2011 will bring many new projects as well. Here’s an overview of  2011 projects.

2. Our new t-shirt with scenes of the vintage highway patrol car mural on Route 66 at the Phillips 66 station has sold out of some sizes, so we are going to reprint more in a different color, which we are still debating.

Viva Cuba t-shirt

We will be printing another edition of the current Viva Cuba t-shirt.

3. In March, Viva Cuba members are invited to participate in a Missouri Main Street Conference in Saint Genevieve to share our experience with our mural project. We are preparing a presentation for that and are glad that we can share news of Cuba, Missouri with others.

4. We are recruiting a Viva Cuba team to take part in the Route 66 Race to the Rocker on March 26, and we encourage others to take part.

5. We are planning for the Next Trash Bash in the spring. Last year, many groups and individuals of all ages came out to help, and much was accomplished. We will also be maintaining the Viva Cuba Garden and our state Adopt-A-Highway project on Hwy. 19.

6. In April, we go with the 4th graders for a narrated school bus tour of the murals.

7. In May, we will plant the black planters in town.

UPDATE ON THE ROUTE 66 MURAL CITY DATE

8. A BIG EVENT: On Saturday, May 14, The Route 66 Mural City Party kicks off with dinner, dancing, and a drawing for a $10,000 prize. Viva Cuba is sponsoring this community event to raise money to fund projects in 2011, which includes mural maintenance, and, who knows, maybe even a new mural. Committees have formed to make this event a good time for the community with dinner and dancing on the agenda. We will get some extra help from supporters outside Viva Cuba to make this event successful.  With only 300 tickets sold, a 1-in-300 chance to win makes some pretty good odds for someone to have a prosperous 2011. Mark this date and get a group together: family, friends, old classmates, etc.

Cuba, Missouri Holland Brothers

The fun loving Holland brothers will once again MC the May 7 event. This photo is from 2010.

UPDATED CHAIR-I-TABLE AUCTION DATE

9. This year’s Chair-i-table auction will be combined with the May 14 Route 66 Mural City Party.  A silent auction will take place during the event. Artists are designing and painting their one-of-a-kind chairs now.

10. Viva Cuba will take part in the Civil War Reenactment events in Leasburg, Missouri planned for October. It is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, and we want to participate in local activities. We will coordinate with the event planners to see how we can take part.

11. We continue our Adopt-A-Street program in 2011. This program lets individuals, businesses, and organizations adopt streets within Cuba for trash pickup. Viva Cuba has adopted north Smith Street.

12. The 3rd weekend of October is the annual Cuba Fest. On Saturday, Viva Cuba will bring the Tour St. Louis trolley to town for narrated tours of the murals along Route 66 and a Sunday Cemetery Tour with locals dressing up as historical characters to tell their stories. Saturday at Cuba Fest, Viva Cuba sponsors its annual Chili Cook-off in a quest for some award-winning chili, so we will be picking a theme and rounding up some chili chefs.

13. In December, we hope to have the Yuletide House Tour, so we will be asking homeowners to participate in the tour and organize signage, tickets, directions, and promotion. We will decorate the Viva Cuba Garden with lights, wreaths, and ribbons for Christmas.

14. Viva Cuba members will conduct narrated “big bus” tours of the murals when asked. The fees for these tours are used for mural maintenance.

15. We will continue the Cuba Missouri Murals blog and Facebook and Twitter pages. The un-expected always occurs. Book mark our blog or subscribe to an RSS feed to deliver new blogs  to your mailbox and stay up-to-date with the history, preservation, attractions, and events around town. We are always on the lookout for that odd piece of history, an old photograph, or information to share with readers. Share blog posts with others to let them know what a unique town that we have where “the walls talk and history meets art.” We want to continue to promote the murals, Route 66, other local attractions, restaurants, and lodging in Cuba with articles, ads, and spreading the word of Cuba however we can.

Viva Cuba has a many plans for the new year, and, at times, we hope you can be a part of them in 2011.

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