Cuba, Missouri: Route 66 Mural City

The officially designated "Route 66 Mural City" in Missouri. Cuba's murals depict colorful scenes of the Civil War, Amelia Earhart, Bette Davis, and of course Route 66 businesses.
Address:
Route 66, Cuba, MO
Directions:
The murals are along Route 66 in the downtown business district. The Visitor Center is at I-44 exit 208, northwest side.
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Murals on business walls.

Route 66 - Mural City

12 Outdoor Murals along the Rt. 66 Corridor. Pick up a brochure at the Visitor Center or area restaurants.

[Jane, 11/22/2007]

The 12 murals were created in the town between 2001 and 2007. The subjects are a mix of local history, the Civil War, and the golden age of travel along Route 66. One mural depicts a beloved mayor who governed for 20 years -- and is credited with getting the town's roads paved -- shown in front of his tractor sales business. A 1928 emergency plane landing by Amelia Earhart in the area is captured in another mural. And there's one of a pissed-off looking Bette Davis and a paparazzi (1950s style) snapping a flashbulb. Davis and her husband stopped in Cuba in 1948 and were reported to have eaten turkey dinners at the Southern Hotel.

Outdoor Murals, 1930s Gas Station

Twelve outdoor murals are along the Rt. 66 Corridor. The murals combine the history of Cuba and the nation and can be viewed from the car. For a mural map, visit the Visitor Center on the interstate. Cuba still has an outdoor drive-in. There is also a restored, non-operating 1930s Phillips 66 station at the intersection of Hwy. 19 and Rt. 66.

Dine at independently owned MO Hick BBQ, East Office, Rt. 66 Cafe, Frisco's, or Rock Fair.

[Jane Reed, 08/30/2006]

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1870s Train Replica on a Wall1870s Train Replica on a Wall, Cuba, MO - < 1 mi.
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Oldest Continuously Operating Motel on Route 66Oldest Continuously Operating Motel on Route 66, Cuba, MO - < 1 mi.
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Hot and Cold Water Towers, St. Clair, MO - 30 mi.

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