From World’s Largest to the Route 66 Red Rocker!
Update: As of February, 2017, the Route 66 Outpost General Store is closed and the building and premises are For Sale. However, visitors are still stopping to get a photo of the Route 66 Red Rocker.
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.