Cuba, Missouri: On August 20-21, the Wagon Wheel Motel celebrated its 75th Anniversary of serving guests on Route 66. Many friends, guests, and family of Connie Echols, who bought the motel in 2009, came by to join in the Bonnie and Clyde-themed weekend. that highlighted the motel’s restoriation. The old cafe building, gas station, and cottages haven’t looked so good for a long time. Leo Friesenhan, the designer and builder, would be proud to see his work today.
The Cuba Free Press chronicled the two-day event in an article.
One of the highlights of the weekend was the gathering of some of the workers from the Wagon Wheel Cafe in the 30s,40s, and 50s.
The Wagon Wheel Cafe is no more. However, Connie Echols restored the motel cottages and the garage and cafe buildings from 2009-2011. The Original Wagon Wheel Motel on Route 66 is now ready for more guests and new memories as it moves into its next decade serving travelers. You can find it on Facebook and Twitter, and in the memories of some very special ladies.
Read a more complete history of The Wagon Wheel Motel on Route 66 by Riva Echols, available on Amazon or in Connie’s Shoppe at the Wagon Wheel Motel.
Read this previous article in the Cuba Free Press about the Wagon Wheel Cafe in the 40s and 50s and its move to the interstate in the mid 50s when it became the Wagon Wheel Restaurant.
View Route 66 editor Ron Warnick’s video of Christmas Eve at the Wagon Wheel Motel and his account of the stay.