Happy 90th Anniversary Route 66!

Route 66 has been good to Cuba, Missouri. Happy 90th Anniversary to the Mother Road.

Route 66 brought development to Cuba, Missouri. It continues to bring travelers from all over the world.

Happy 90th Anniversary Route 66!

You have enriched and aided the development of Cuba, MO since your beginnings. At first, you brought workers and jobs to our small town. Then you brought streams of traffic and travelers. You created the need for hotels, roadside tourist courts like the Wagon Wheel Motel & Cafe, the small gas stations, and stores to serve their needs. You brought the famous, the infamous, and every day travelers.

Cuba, Missouri The Wagon Wheel Motel on Route 66 cover

The cover of the Wagon Wheel Motel’s history features of photo of the cafe and gas station.

For a town that grew up around the railroad  and its commerce, you sometimes created the need for the backdoors to become the front doors (The Southern Hotel and Hotel Cuba). The city had to build an underground tunnel under Route 66 on Washington and Smith Street so that pedestrians could move safely across the nation’s highway. Mary & Sam Vitali moved their small general store across the tracks to front Route 66. There they raised their family and became a hub of the small community of Fanning, four miles west of Cuba.

Fanning, Missouri General Store Route 66

Two general stores have their place in history.

Route 66 created our history and filled our memories. We appreciate its legacy and the national and international travelers that it still brings, searching for the nostalgia of an earlier time.

Happy 90th Anniversary Route 66.

A few past blogs with some Route 66 Tales and History

Feel free to share your own stories of Route in the comments.


Crawford County Fair is part of Cuba, Missouri heritage…

Before and after images tell the tale of restoration in Cuba, Missouri…

Route 66 landmark Guinness World’s Largest Rocking Chair celebrates second birthday…

The Fanning General Store from 1930 to the present

Ghosts of the past haunt Route 66 landmark

Passing of Wilbur Vaughn brings forth memories of the famous Bette Davis photo









Christmas Over Route 66 Cuba, Missouri print now available in 5X7″ postcard and available for purchase online.

Santa & the Christmas Over Route 66 Print

Santa poses with the Christmas Over Route 66 Cuba, Missouri print. Look on his belt for his key to the ’57 Sleigh.

In 2012 Viva Cuba, a community beautification organization, introduced its Christmas Over Route 66 print. The 18X24″ print is suitable for framing as you can see above. 

Now, you can also purchase 5X7″ postcards suitable for mailing or framing

A nostagic Santa flies over Route 66 in Cuba, MO

This nostalgic Route 66 postcard pictures the intersection of Route 66 and Highway 66 in Cuba, Missouri.

You can purchase the print or the postcard in Cuba, Missouri at the Highway 19 Branch of Peoples Bank. Or you can purchase the print or postcards online here.

Proceeds from the sales of prints and postcards are used for beautification projects along Route 66 in Cuba, MO.




Route 66 Cuba Fest: Viva Cuba’s Best of the Best Chili, Murals Trolley Tour, & Cemetery Trolley Tour 3rd Weekend in October

Trolley tours on Route 66 in Cuba, MO the 3rd weekend of October

A popular activity during Cuba Fest are the trolley tours. The Murals Tour is on Saturday, and the Cemetery Tour is Sunday.

Update: This year’s Cuba Fest has come and gone. It is always the 3rd weekend in October. Follow Route 66 Cuba Fest on Facebook for details and updates on next year’s Cuba Fest. 

Below are details from the 2015 Cuba Fest to give you an idea about some of the events that you might find. They vary from year to year. Again, follow the Route 66 Cuba Fest on Facebook for updates and details.

The Tri-C organization’s Route 66 Cuba Fest is an annual fun-filled event the 3rd weekend of October. In 2015, October 17th & 18th brings businesses, organizations, and individuals together to provide a family weekend of music, food, crafts, dancing, and activities. The Viva Cuba community beautification organization’s mural tours, cemetery tours, and chili cook-off will feature Cuba’s history, present, and future of maintaining its historical murals.


What in the world is a Cuban Gravel Crisis?

Bikes will travel the rural backroads of Cuba, MOduring the 1st Annual Cuban Gravel Crisis.

Riders will challenge themselves in the Cuban Gravel Crisis, on the 3rd weekend of October.

Update: This year’s debut event was a great success. View the event’s Facebook page for details on next year’s race during Cuba Fest: the 3rd weekend of October. 

Are we out of gravel in the Cuba area? How could we be deficient in gravel with so many nearby rivers and creeks?  Well, rest assured that we have plenty of gravel on hand, and some of it is packed on the beautiful back roads of Cuba in Crawford County and Gasconade County. During Cuba Fest (the 3rd weekend of October) cyclists will challenge themselves in the 1st Annual Cuban Gravel Crisis (website). (more…)

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