2015 Route 66 Cuba Fest: Viva Cuba’s Best of the Best Chili, Murals Trolley Tour, & Cemetery Trolley Tour

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 for details and updates on next year’s Cuba Fest. 

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.

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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…)

Osage Trail Legacy Project creates historical sculpture

Osage Sculpture in Cuba, MO will tower 30 feet

The Osage Legacy sculpture will tower 35 feet in the air in the area next to  the Cuba Visitor Center and depict an Osage family traveling westward on the Osage Trail. Curtis Tutterrow photo.

Cuba, Missouri is preparing to create an Osage sculpture with the members of an Osage family and their dog  traveling Westward on the Osage Trail. The trail ran along the Osage Plateau in the Cuba area. The Osage nation has approved the project, and with a $100,000 start, a committee has been formed to continue to raise funds and oversee construction of the sculpture that will celebrate the Osage Nation nation’s history and legacy. After months of planning and approval of the city council, construction begins in 2015, and the project is expected to take two years.

The statue was the brainchild of artist Glen Tutterrow. Aided by his son Curtis, the two have created a model that allows the viewer to get an idea of  the finished steel sculpture, which will be 35 feet tall, 20 feet wide, and 80 feet in length. It will stand on land adjacent to the Cuba Visitor Center at Exit 208. This moccasin photo below gives an idea of the scale of the Ozark Legacy Project. Parts of the sculpture will be fabricated off-site and then assembled at the site. (more…)

Cuba Lakes Golf Club began with a love story

Cuba Lakes Golf Course and Club House

Lush greens and fairways enhance the setting for the historic clubhouse.

A well-run golf club is a community asset for the small Cuba, MO town of 3400. Cuba Lakes Golf Course provides a source of recreation, dining, and draws visitors for a round or two of golf. Under the management of Brad and Renee Voss the club has evolved its onsite lunch dining with daily specials and catering (both on- and offsite) and improved the course, driving range, and cart house. The Sunday Brunch is becoming increasingly popular in the area. With an eye on the future, Cuba Lakes has developed special programs for the young people of Cuba.

Cuba Lakes provide a wide-range of dining choices.

Daily specials in the dining room, Sunday brunch, and catered events meet a wide-range of dining choices. Pictured is the site of the Sunday Brunch, an increasingly popular event.

The history of the golf course begins with a love story.

In 1902, William Recklein married Ida Rau. Recklein was a successful banker and investor and a veteran of the Spanish-American War. In 1906, the Reckleins moved from South St. Louis to a farm 1 1/2 miles South of Cuba to what is now 241 Highway O. They built a beautiful home framed with native rock and planted trees to enhance the landscape. After Ida’s death, Recklein built the Cuba Memorial Library to honor his wife’s memory. He also purchased the old school buildings and grounds across from the library on North Smith Street in Cuba. He then donated the buildings and grounds to the city of Cuba to be used for education, culture, and recreation. Today, Recklein Commons  is the site of the Crawford County History Musuem and Recklein Auditorium. (more…)

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