Route 66 Mural City

Cuba, Missouri

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Cuba, Missouri is known as the town “where art meets history” and you can see the spirit of that moniker on nearly every street corner. The Route 66 murals in Cuba depict historic scenes with both local and national themes. Created between 2001 and 2007, the public art in this “Route 66 Mural City” memorializes celebrity visits from Harry S. Truman, Amelia Earhart and Bette Davis; revisits the Civil War; and celebrates the golden age of travel on The Mother Road.

Murals Not Pictured Below: The Osage Meeting mural depicting a meeting between the Osage and French settlers led by Auguste Chouteau and Jean Pierre Chouteau (Buchanan); the A Day in the Cooperage mural honoring the McGinnis Wood Products’ 50th anniversary (Mace’s Grocery on Washington Street ).

 

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Route 66 Mural City in Cuba, Missouri - Prosperity Corner was the place in Cuba to meet and greet, do business, or pass the time in the 1900s. Originally part of H.H. Tieman’s General Merchandise Store, today the mural showcases scenes from that time period on the side of modern day Hayes Shoe Store. (E. Washington) (artist: Kelly Poling)

Route 66 Mural City

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506 W Washington St, Cuba, MO 65453

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Route 66 Mural City in Cuba, Missouri - On September 4, 1928 Amelia Earhart made a forced emergency landing in Cuba. (Ryle’s Carwash, West Washington on Route 66) (artist: Shelly Smith Steiger and Julie Balogh Brand)
On September 4, 1928 Amelia Earhart made a forced emergency landing in Cuba. (Ryle’s Carwash, West Washington on Route 66) (artist: Shelly Smith Steiger and Julie Balogh Brand)
Route 66 Mural City in Cuba, Missouri - Local banker A.J. Barnett who owned Cuba’s first Model T. (Washington and Buchanan)
Local banker A.J. Barnett who owned Cuba’s first Model T. (Washington and Buchanan)
Route 66 Mural City in Cuba, Missouri - Prosperity Corner was the place in Cuba to meet and greet, do business, or pass the time in the 1900s. Originally part of H.H. Tieman’s General Merchandise Store, today the mural showcases scenes from that time period on the side of modern day Hayes Shoe Store. (E. Washington) (artist: Kelly Poling)
Prosperity Corner was the place in Cuba to meet and greet, do business, or pass the time in the 1900s. Originally part of H.H. Tieman’s General Merchandise Store, today the mural showcases scenes from that time period on the side of modern day Hayes Shoe Store. (E. Washington) (artist: Kelly Poling)
Route 66 Mural City in Cuba, Missouri - The Gold Star Boys on the “Blue Bonnet” train that transported soldiers during WWII. (Washington and Filmore)
The Gold Star Boys on the “Blue Bonnet” train that transported soldiers during WWII. (Washington and Filmore)
Route 66 Mural City in Cuba, Missouri - This mural depicts Al West Sr. who served as mayor of Cuba from 1946-1958 and was credited with modernizing the city by paving and lighting the town’s streets, extending the water and sewer systems, and purchasing the electrical system. (E. Washington) (Artists: from the Whitesitt Group in St. Louis, MO)
This mural depicts Al West Sr. who served as mayor of Cuba from 1946-1958 and was credited with modernizing the city by paving and lighting the town’s streets, extending the water and sewer systems, and purchasing the electrical system. (E. Washington) (Artists: from the Whitesitt Group in St. Louis, MO)
Route 66 Mural City in Cuba, Missouri - The Roberts-Judson Millworks mural recreates the look of the 1948 lumber, custom woodworking, and sheet metal production business. (N. Smith Street) (artist: Shelly Smith Steiger and Julie Balogh Brand )
The Roberts-Judson Millworks mural recreates the look of the 1948 lumber, custom woodworking, and sheet metal production business. (N. Smith Street) (artist: Shelly Smith Steiger and Julie Balogh Brand )
Route 66 Mural City in Cuba, Missouri - History at the 4-Way Mural (Hwy. 19 and Rt. 66) (artist: Ray Harvey)
History at the 4-Way Mural (Hwy. 19 and Rt. 66) (artist: Ray Harvey)
Route 66 Mural City in Cuba, Missouri - A mural depicting Senator Harry Truman, and the Homecoming Fair he attended in the area, who campaigned for reelection in Cuba in 1940. (artist: Jay Ferger)
A mural depicting Senator Harry Truman, and the Homecoming Fair he attended in the area, who campaigned for reelection in Cuba in 1940. (artist: Jay Ferger)
Route 66 Mural City in Cuba, Missouri - Academy Award winning actress Bette Davis stayed at the Southern Hotel in Cuba in November, 1948. A photographer snapped their photo against their will and was chased by Davis’s husband. He got away and the photo appeared in the Cuba News and Review. (Cuba Free Press Building, E. Washington) (artist: Ray Harvey)
Academy Award winning actress Bette Davis stayed at the Southern Hotel in Cuba in November, 1948. A photographer snapped their photo against their will and was chased by Davis’s husband. He got away and the photo appeared in the Cuba News and Review. (Cuba Free Press Building, E. Washington) (artist: Ray Harvey)
Route 66 Mural City in Cuba, Missouri - The River Mural (North Franklin and W. Spencer) ( Smith Steiger and Balogh Brand)
The River Mural (North Franklin and W. Spencer) ( Smith Steiger and Balogh Brand)
Route 66 Mural City in Cuba, Missouri - Viva Cuba’s Civil War mural depicting the Battle of the Huzzah and Confederates in Cuba (artist: Don Gray. text: Julie Nixon Krovicka)
Viva Cuba’s Civil War mural depicting the Battle of the Huzzah and Confederates in Cuba (artist: Don Gray. text: Julie Nixon Krovicka)
Route 66 Mural City in Cuba, Missouri - The Rescue at Leasburg (artist: Don Gray. text: Julie Nixon Krovicka)
The Rescue at Leasburg (artist: Don Gray. text: Julie Nixon Krovicka)
Route 66 Mural City in Cuba, Missouri - Viva Cuba’s Civil War murals depicting the Battle of Pilot Knob and Destroying the Fort (artist: Don Gray. text: Julie Nixon Krovicka)
Viva Cuba’s Civil War murals depicting the Battle of Pilot Knob and Destroying the Fort (artist: Don Gray. text: Julie Nixon Krovicka)

Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to Route 66 Mural City in Cuba, Missouri, here are some things to know before you go.

  • Find a place to park and explore by foot. All of the Cuba Route 66 murals are within walking distance of each other.
  • Brochures for self-guided tours are available at the Cuba Visitor Center at the corner of the North Service Road and I-44 (71 State Hwy P, Cuba, MO 65453).

Where to Stay Near Route 66 Mural City

Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest on your road trip with a stay at one of these Missouri hotels near Route 66.

Wagon Wheel Motel

The closest hotel near these murals is Wagon Wheel Motel in Cuba, Missouri. This historic accommodation is the oldest continually operated motel on Route 66. This iconic motel has offered lodging to travelers since 1938 and is now fully restored.

The Manor House Inn

The Manor House Inn (formerly The Lenz HoMoTel and The Lenz Manor) was built in 1903. In 1932, it opened as a motel and continues serving travelers until 1975. In 2028 it was acquired by new owners who restored and updated the property, allowing them to open their doors to travelers once again.

The Wildwood Hotel

The Wildwood Hotel is a quiet boutique hotel located near St. Louis in Wildwood Town Center. With a charming French chateau-style architecture and warm European country lodge ambiance, the property offer free daily continental breakfast, complimentary WiFi, and a heated indoor pool with hot tub.

St. Louis Union Station Hotel

An icon since 1894, the St. Louis Union Station is a vintage gem wrapped in elegant archways and décor. Admire the famous Grand Hall, experience all the on-site attractions, enjoy 3D light shows and a 100-foot waterfall, and access the fitness center and seasonal outdoor pool. All just a mile from downtown St. Louis and a short drive to Route 66 attractions.

Enhance your visit to the St. Louis area with a tour! Whether you love family-friendly adventures, landmarks, or nature there are plenty of options for everyone.

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