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. You can learn more about the murals here.
Not Pictured: 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 ).
Route 66 Murals
Location: all around town, pick up a brochure at the I-44 Visitor Center (Exit 208) Cost: Free to See Hours: Always Visible, business hours vary
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