Cuba, Missouri

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Cuba is a city in Crawford County, Missouri, United States, and it is known as "Route 66 Mural City,"in recognition of Viva Cuba's Outdoor Mural Project. The population was 3,230 at the 2000 census.

Cuba was once visited by Harry Truman during a tour of U.S. Route 66. He surveyed the property that would eventually become Indian Hills Lake and was thoroughly impressed with the prospect of it. Besides Harry Truman, Bette Davis and Amelia Earhart also visited the town. Their visits are commemorated in the Viva Cuba Mural Project.

Indian Hills Lake was originally known as "Indian Head Lake" because the skull of a Native American was found during excavation.

Cuba, MO was designated as the Route 66 Mural City by the Missouri legislature in recognition of Viva Cuba's Outdoor Mural Project. The beautification group commissioned 12 outdoor murals along the Route 66 Corridor. As a result, businesses have also commissioned indoor and outdoor murals of their own, thus drawing many visitors to the area. Many enjoy the town's Cuba Fest, the third weekend of October or the county fair in July.

The Wagon Wheel Motel is a Historic Landmark and has been a presence on Route 66 since the 1930s. The guest cottages and old Wagon Wheel Cafe building underwent renovations beginning in 2009.

Cuba is proud of the Crawford County History Museum that boasts "three floors of history." The Veterans Memorial with almost 1000 names of Veterans sits in front of the museum on Smith Street.

Four miles west of Cuba on Route 66 is the Guinness World's Largest Rocking Chair. The chair is 42' high and draws many Route 66 travelers to take photos.

Cuba was the site of the first Adopt-A-Highway Program in the State.

Cuba is a progressive community with Enterprise zones and Industrial Parks.

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Geography

Cuba is located at 38°03′47″N 91°24′12″W / 38.063093°N 91.403297°W / 38.063093; -91.403297.[3]

The city has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.6 km2).2.9 sq mi of it is land and 0.1 sq mi (0.26 km2) is water.

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