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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
A recent email from author Jim Winnerman alerted me to the publication of his article on Mesker buildings that would include information on Cuba’s Mesker building in Show-Me Missouri Magazine. A vintage Mesker building has a metal front applied to a rather plain building to give it architectural detail. It was a economical, quick way for [...]
As part of its ongoing art projects, Viva Cuba commissioned a Christmas painting of Santa over Route 66 in Cuba. It will be a nostalgic-style of painting, and Viva Cuba offer prints created so that anyone who wants to buy one can share in this piece of art and Cuba history. Ray Harvey, who has painted [...]
Although Scottish actor, comedian, musician Billy Connolly’s book on his trip down Route 66 is not a travel guide as such, it is credited with creating an increase in British tourism on Route 66. According to a May 6 article in the Scottish Daily Record by Toby McDonald, “Travel specialists say bookings have shot up [...]
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 [...]
Last weekend almost 900 runners raced 4-miles west on Route 66 from the historic Cuba, Mo area to the site of the Fanning US 66 General Store and the site of the World’s Largest Rocking Chair at Fanning, Missouri. It was a beautiful day and a combination of fun, inspiration, and fitness. Many photos were [...]
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 [...]