Saturday, October 20, 2007
When you're traveling Route 66 through the Missouri Ozarks be sure to take the time to stop in Cuba. It's twelve full sized murals make it worth a look. The project started in 2001 when a bank commissioned the first one and it has snowballed from there.
The murals depict historical events from the town's history, such as Amelia Earharts' emergency landing in 1928, Harry Truman's campaign stop, the Gold Star soldiers from WWII, and actress Betty Davis visit to Cuba.
One mural is a set nine panels with a Civil War theme. Half of the money needed to complete these, $36,000 was raised by a fifteen year old Boy Scout as part of his Eagle Scout project.
There are plaques beside each mural that describe the events that inspired their creation. Allow about an hour to stop and enjoy these works of art.
While you're there you may as well drop in at Frisco's Grill & Pub for a piece of their famous Choo Choo Chocolate Cake. You'll need one piece and two forks. It's rich enough to satisfy any chocolate craving.
Cuba is 75 miles south of Saint Louis on I-44 and Route 66. Viewing the murals is free.
Have a great trip!