Trip on Route 66 to Cuba, Missouri

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

Route 66 across Missouri features a variety of large cities and small towns, connected by roadways over rolling hills and valleys. The Mother Road followed much of the Kickapoo, or Osage, Trail, an Indian trail that later became the Old Wire Road. Like other Route 66 segments, the actual alignment varied over the years as engineering improvements were constructed.

We've driven much of Route 66, including multiple segments across Missouri.

One of our favorite stops along Route 66 in Missouri is the City of Cuba, located west of St. Louis and east of Rolla in Crawford County. The city has nearly 3,500 residents.

Cuba is known as the town "where art meets history". Local museums, historic sites, and the local art council spanning the region tell the story of a classic American town. Cuba is home to the Crawford County History Museum, located at 308 N. Smith Street.

Cuba is also known as "Route 66 Mural City", where the 12 outdoor murals depict scenes from local and national history, including visits from Harry S. Truman, Amelia Earhart and Bette Davis. A brochure is available at the I-44 Visitor Center (Exit 208) and at area businesses. A step-on narrated bus tour service is available. The murals are located along the Route 66 Corridor with dining and shopping available.

Map showing the location of Cuba, Missouri on Historic Route 66
Map showing the location of Cuba, Missouri on Historic Route 66

 

Photo Highlights from Our Road Trips to Cuba

Historic U.S. Route 66 Byway in Missouri
Historic U.S. Route 66 Byway in 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

The FourWay restaurant at 102 W. Washington Street in Cuba, Missouri ... Kabobs, Salads, Burgers, Fresh Food & Drinks
The FourWay restaurant on Historic Route 66 in Cuba, Missouri

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


Downtown Cuba, Missouri, on Historic Route 66
Downtown Cuba, Missouri, on Historic Route 66

 

 

Lodging Options Along Missouri Route 66

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Earlier Images of Route 66 in Cuba

The Wagon Wheel Motel has been a historic landmark on Route 66 in Cuba since the 1930s. Seen here is a vintage postcard of the Wagon Wheel Cabin Court, located on East Side of Town on Highway 66, Cuba, Missouri

Wagon Wheel Cabin Court

Wagon Wheel Cafe, Hi-Way 66, Cuba, Missouri

Wagon Wheel Cabin Court, located on East Side of Town on Highway 66, Cuba, Missouri

Wagon Wheel Cafe

Wagon Wheel Cafe, Hi-Way 66, Cuba, Missouri

Hotel Cuba

Hotel Cuba on Highway 66 in Missouri

 

Interactive Map of Cuba, Missouri

 

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More Information About Cuba

VisitCubaMo.com website

 

City of Cuba, Missouri website

 

Cuba Area Chamber of Commerce website

 

CubaMurals.com

 

Cuba Missouri Travel Guide at TripAdvisor: Hotels, restaurants, things to do

 

Route 66 Association of Missouri

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