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.
“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 [...]
Tourists snap shots of the murals. Cuba’s 4th graders study the story behind each of the murals. Bus groups and trolley tours learn of Cuba’s history. But little thought or time is spent on three aspects of Viva Cuba’s mural project: the shield painted on each mural, the artist(s) signature, and the plaques that accompany them. [...]
Cuba, Missouri is known as the Route 66 Mural City, but that is only part of the story. One of the results of Viva Cuba’s 12 outdoor murals project is the support and participation of Cuba businesses for Cuba’s public art project. Some of Cuba’s other public art is very visible along Route 66 while [...]
Last night we received a tip from car buff Jerry McLain that the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour of classic cars would be traveling down Highway 19 to I-44 Exit 208 where they would turn right and travel west. Thousands of cars were expected to make the trip, and they were expected in Cuba between [...]
One of Viva Cuba‘s objectives with the mural project is that the murals are used to teach Cuba’s young people local, Missouri, and national history. We like to say that every mural has a story, and we like to tell those stories to Cuba’s kids. We provide 4th grade students with a mural curriculum on [...]
Cuba, Mo With a little computer technology, Viva Cuba’s very first mural has joined the green season, just in time for St. Pat’s Day. The subject of this mural, Mr. A.J. Barnett probably never realized that he would be the subject of a mural or that he would someday be portrayed as green. Who was [...]
There are some changes coming to 615 SW Main Street, which is located about a block south of Route 66 or Washington Street. Business cycles come and go and bring new ventures with them. The building was recently used as a restaurant, but with the departure of that tenant, owner of the building Andy Sanazaro, Jr. [...]
While Presidents Day, was originally designated to commemorate our first President George Washington’s birthday, it is has become a combination observance of Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays and, in some states, other local heroes as well. On Presidents Day in Missouri we might think of “our” President Harry Truman of Independence, Missouri whose birthday is May [...]
Cuba,Missouri: Robert Wadlow, known as the Giant of Alton, Illinois, lived from 1918-1940 and was billed as the World’s Tallest Man. Although he was of normal size when he was born, a pituitary disorder caused him to grow to 8’11.1″ tall. He weighed 490 pounds and suffered from a number height-related ailments. At 13, it [...]