It’s a small world: Cuba, Missouri and Riverside, California share history

As Viva Cuba members travel, we often notice that our small town has events in common with larger or distant cities–such as Riverside, California.
What do Cuba, Missouri and Riverside, California have in common? Both towns enjoyed visits from two famous women, Amelia Earhart and Bette Davis.

Earhart and Davis are depicted on large outdoor murals along the Route 66 corridor, commemorating their stopovers in Cuba, Missouri.

Annual inspection in the historic mural district of Cuba, MO

Viva Cuba members conduct an annual mural inspection to report the condition and recommendations of repairs for each mural, as well as to assess the general upkeep of each site. This allows Viva Cuba to detect any changes and address problems and deterioration before major unsightly and, perhaps irreparable, damage occurs. At least that’s the plan. Occasionally, because of weather or structural conditions, problems arise suddenly to require attention.

Cuba kids learn local history on 2013 Yellow School Bus Tour

Cuba, MO: With the school year winding down, the fourth grade students finished the year with Missouri History Month and one of Viva Cuba members’ favorite activities, The Yellow School Bus Tour of Cuba’s murals.

A New Chapter in the Gold Star Boys Mural: The rest of the story

The Gold Star Boys mural was painted right after 9/11/2001. It pictures the faces of six young men from the Cuba Area who fought in WWII and did not return to their families.
But then we found out that there was more to the story. Ralph Fishwick lost his life in the line of duty on a return convoy off the coast of Africa on December 2, 1942. We thought. Read on for the rest of the story.

Trolleys, trolleys, trolleys at Route 66 Cuba Fest 2012

“Clang, clang, clang” went the trolley “Ding, ding, ding” went the bell “Zing, zing, zing” went my heartstrings It was time for a Cuba Fest tour, I could tell “Chug, chug, chug” went the motor “Bump, bump, bump” went the brake “Thump, thump, thump” went my heartstrings I smiled for I knew it was the […]

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