Murals Along Historic Route 66

Amelia Earhart mural in Cuba, MissouriAmelia Earhart mural in Cuba, Missouri

Murals painted on the walls of buildings and houses along Route 66 have become a tradition, and a draw for fans of the Mother Road.

These paintings reflect the local history of cities and towns along the route, and provide an artistic outlet for local artisans to showcase their public artwork. The surface on which they are painted provides additional texture and dimension, whether it be on stone, concrete, brick, tile or wood.

The murals are a popular art form that depicts local scenes, history, people, heroes, events, nostalgia and "getting your kicks on Route 66".

All eight states along Route 66 have murals ... shown on this page are a few highlights.

Illinois

Motorcycle riders stopping at the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum, Pontiac, Illinois

Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum

The museum is a repository for thousands of pieces of historic memorabilia from the glory days of the Mother Road.

This is a great place to learn the history of Route 66 in Illinois, see images of the road's wonderful history, and hear a few great stories about life in America when Route 66 was the most important highway in the nation.

Located at 115 W. Howard Street in Pontiac, Illinois

Missouri

Mural City
Cuba, Missouri

Shown here is a staff photo of the Prosperity Corner mural, in Cuba, Missouri, on Historic Route 66. Cuba was designed the "Route 66 Mural City" by the Missouri Legislature in 2002.

 

Today, twelve officially commissioned murals have been painted around the town, the result of the Viva Cuba organization. Other murals can also be seen around town. The Cuba Chamber of Commerce offers a well done walking tour brochure.

Murals on the wall in downtown Cuba, Missouri, on Historic Route 66

Murals on the wall at The FourWay restaurant, a former Mobil gas station, on Historic Route 66
Murals on the wall in downtown Cuba, Missouri, on Historic Route 66
People's Bank Mural
People's Bank Mural in Cuba, Missouri, on Historic Route 66
The Frisco Mural
The Frisco Bluebonnet Mural in Cuba, Missouri, on Historic Route 66
Danny's Gas Hole Mural at the Fanning 66 Outpost
Danny's Gas Hole Mural in Cuba, Missouri

 

Route 66 Mural Park
Joplin, Missouri

Shown here is the mural in downtown Joplin, Missouri at Pearl Brothers Hardware Store. This is only one of many murals painted throughout the downtown area. 

 

The Route 66 Mural Park in Joplin features two nostalgic murals and an oversized 45-record imprint of "Get Your Kicks on Route 66". The upper mural is called "Cruisin’ into Joplin", and showing a vintage Buick arriving in Joplin on Route 66 from the west.

Route 66 Mural Park in downtown Joplin, Missour

The mural at Pearl Brothers Hardware in downtown Joplin, Missouri
Joplin, Missouri mural at Pearl Brothers

The lower mural is called "The American Ribbon", tracing the route of the Mother Road from Chicago to Los Angeles. Jutting out in three dimensions from the mural is a mock 1964 red Chevrolet Corvette. This is a favorite stop for Rouge 66 travelers in Missouri for photo-ops! The mural is located at 619 S. Main Street in Joplin.
Joplin, Missouri, Route 66 Mural ... with the red Corvette

Kansas

The well known mural ... Greetings from Galena, Kansas, on Historic Route 66
Greetings from Galena, Kansas, on Historic Route 66

Oklahoma

Davenport, Oklahoma

One of the many classic murals in Davenport, Oklahoma, on Historic Route 66

One of the many classic murals in Davenport, Oklahoma, on Historic Route 66

El Reno, Oklahoma

Mural in El Reno, Oklahoma ... the Crossroads of America

Mural in El Reno, Oklahoma ... the Crossroads of America


Texas

Shamrock

Mural in Shamrock, Texas: Crossroads of America ... Home of the MIdnight Cowboy Bill Mack

Mural in Shamrock, Texas: Crossroads of America ... Home of the MIdnight Cowboy Bill Mack

New Mexico

The "Get Your Kicks on Route 66" mural in Tucumcari, New Mexico
The "Get Your Kicks on Route 66" mural in Tucumcari, New Mexico

The "Dodge and Cowboy" mural in Tucumcari, New Mexico
The "Dodge and Cowboy" mural in Tucumcari, New Mexico

The Route 66 "Texaco" mural in Tucumcari, New Mexico
The Route 66 "Texaco" mural in Tucumcari, New Mexico

The "Tucumcari in the Land of Enchantment" mural
The "Tucumcari in the Land of Enchantment" mural

The "Red Corvette and the Ladies" mural in Tucumcari, New Mexico
The "Red Corvette and the Ladies" mural in Tucumcari, New Mexico

Arizona

Standin' on the Corner in Winslow, Arizona
Standin on a Corner, in Winslow, Arizona

Route 66 Murals in Flagstaff, Arizona

Flagstaff Arizona ... on Historic U.S. Route 66 ... mural at the LumberYard Brewing Co. at 5 S. San Francisco St.
Mural in Flagstaff, Arizona ... Historic US Route 66
Route 66: Will Roger's Highway
Mural in Flagstaff, Arizona ... Route 66: Will Roger's Highway
Route 66" America's Highway
Mural in Flagstaff, Arizona ... Route 66: America's Highway

Shown below is a mural in Williams ... Last town by-passed by I-40 on October 13, 1984.
Williams, Arizona mural ... Last town bypassed by I-40

Harley-Davidson mural in Kingman
Mother Road Harley-Davidson mural in Kingman, Arizona
Mural in Kingman, Arizona
Mural in Kingman, Arizona

California

Needles, California Route 66 Mural
Needles, California Route 66 Mural

The Murals of Barstow

Barstow, California has a number of well known murals around the city, including these ...

Casa del Desierto at the Barstow Harvey House
The Main Street Murals in Barstow, California
Route 66 Mural in Barstow, California
Route 66 Motorcycle Mural in Barstow, California
William Barstow Strong Mural
William Barstow Strong Mural ... Waterman Junction ... Barstow, California

Mural at the California Route 66 Museum in Victorville, California
Mural at the California Route 66 Museum in Victorville, California


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