Cuba, Missouri is a welcoming town

Visiting bus from Joplin/Springfield area

They came by bus from the Springfield/Joplin area to visit Cuba. Viva Cuba members met them at the World’s Largest Rocker for a tour of Cuba’s attractions.


Viva Cuba members were busy this week meeting and greeting visitors to Cuba. Cuba is a small town with big ideas and a “can do” attitude, and we are always happy to share the accomplishments of Cuba’s citizens with others.

Springfield/Joplin area

The Mercy Hospital Travel Club, a group of 55 seniors from the Joplin/Springfield area, arrived on a bright red coach at the World’s Largest Rocker for a photo op.  Then they enjoyed a narrated tour of Cuba’s murals with a step-on guide.  The final stop was at the Wallace House for homemade pie and ice cream and a tour of the 1885 home.

One visitor said she had traveled by Cuba many times without stopping, and couldn’t believe what she’d been missing.  She plans to return with her family this Fall.

“We’ll leave the light on”…. after all, we’re just down the road on Old Route 66!

Mercy Hospital Travel Club at the World's Largest Rocking Chair Cuba, MO

Mercy Hospital Travel Club at the World’s Largest Rocking Chair Cuba, MO

Bob Stewart Wallace House Cuba, Missouri

Bob Stewart of Cuba was one of the folks who welcomed the group to Wallace House for pie and ice-cream and a tour of the historic structure.

From Switzerland

These travelers from Switzerland were spotted  this week at the World’s Largest Rocker doing a Route 66 road trip.  They flew to Chicago where they rented Harleys and headed West to Santa Monica.  These are just some of the many foreign visitors that have heard about Route 66 from international travel programs and want to experience “The Mother Road.”

Swiss in Cuba, MO on Route 66

This Swiss group was touring from Chicago to Santa Monica, CA.

From Missouri

This group from the Missouri Partnership was just as fascinated with the rocker as our other visitors They were in town to tour factories and industrial parks and meet with local officials about bringing businesses to  Cuba. They also enjoyed some of our local attractions such as the Route 66 Wagon Wheel Motel, the rocker, and the murals. A little Mo Hick BBQ energized them as well.  The local group gave them a basket of local products for them to take home as a reminder of Cuba, MO.

Missouri Partnership Group at the World's Largest Rocking Chair

The Missouri Partnership Group was also impressed with the multi-businesses that the Fanning US 66 Outpost has built on the site around the rocker. And this was accomplished since 2008 during a challenging economy. Here, they are admiring the work of local welder Joe Medwick.

Cuba is erecting new welcome signs at the city limits, but remember that the best welcome that we can offer is a smile and friendly attitude.

Missouri Partnership with Cuba Development Group in Cuba, MO

The Cuba Development Group sponsored the Missouri Partnership’s visit to Cuba as part of its economic development plans. The three representatives from the MP received a gift basket of local products: Viva Cuba Mural City and Wagon Wheel Motel candy bars from the Route 66 Fudge Shop, cookies from the Cuba Bakery & Deli, a set of log toys from 3 Mile Creek, BBQ sauce from Mo Hick BBQ, Wine from Belmont Winery & the Fanning US 66 Outpost, and a copy of Moments in Cuba’s History.


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