What was the reason behind this plane’s name that linked it to Crawford County Missouri where Cuba, Missouri is located. Did the pilot have a local connection? Thus, the googling began. It let me to several sites, some in the UK, where vintage photos and WW II aviation history is maintained. With permissions obtained to use photos and info, here’s the rest of the story of the Spirit of Crawford County Missouri P-47 plane.
Viva Cuba, a non-profit community betterment organization, plans to tackle this small pocket of blight in a new pocket project. Pocket projects are small transformations that improve a previously blighted or spoiled view. The projects may take a couple of hundred dollars or several thousand dollars as the Viva Cuba Garden at the intersection of Route [...]
They trashed your town.. Yes, it’s true. While you weren’t looking, they trashed your town. They threw their beer cans on the lawn of your museum. They threw their drink bottle in front of the Recklein Memorial Library, where it is now surrounded by debris. I don’t think this is what William Recklein had in [...]
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.
Cuba, Missouri is ready for a “cool” Christmas season: the tree, the Christmas print, the History Museum, the parade, the lighting contest, the rocker, and more… The Tree Cuba, MO “Route 66 Mural City” has the “coolest” Christmas tree on Route 66. This blog entry from last year shows the tree during its first year [...]
WWilbur Vaughn was a young man when Bette Davis visited Cuba,Missouri in 1948. But on that fateful day the mega-star’s destiny would become entwined with Vaughn’s. He would tell the story of what happened that day many times, often with great humor. Artist Ray Harvey would paint a mural on the Cuba Free Press building that commemorated the events of that day. Journalists videoed Vaughn telling his story, and he would often show off the camera that he used to take the photo. Articles recounted his encounter with Bette Davis. Although Mr. Vaughn’s telling of the story draws to a close with his passing, his part in our town’s history remains for all to see.
A Route 66 Missouri gift idea waiting for you… Viva Cuba, the beautification group that commissioned Cuba’s murals, had long been wanting a piece of artwork with a Christmas scene. It didn’t seem right for a full-time mural. They discussed alternatives with Missouri artist Ray Harvey who was known for such scenes. Harvey had previously [...]
“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 [...]
Today, Viva Cuba received a news release stating that Cuba, Missouri is in the running for one of the Prettiest, Painted Places in Missouri. Competition is steep, and we are honored to be included. The contest is sponsored by the Paint Quality Institute. The contest involved submitting 20-25 photos of painted buildings, houses, or other [...]
Cuba, MO may only have a population of 3400 and have the smallest WalMart in the U.S., but we’ve got some big stuff too. And people with big ideas. Maybe not big like the Willis building in Chicago or the Empire State Building in New York, but big. Here are some examples: The Fanning Outpost [...]