• Cuba, Missouri: Mural City


    A mural depicts Cuba, Mo., resident Wilbur Vaughn photographing Bette Davis outside the Cuba Hotel in 1948.

    Years ago, tourists traveling along historic Route 66 may not have stopped in Cuba, Missouri, population, 3,500. However, in 2007, a project created 12 murals on Cuba buildings along the route. With producer JJ Stankevitz, KBIA’s LaurieAnn Wojnowski tells us how the murals are bringing tourists from around the world to the small town.

    Click the play button to view an audio slideshow of the murals in Cuba, Mo.


    Chip Lange looks at the mural in which he is painted in the right hand corner. Listen to Lange, a 19-year-old Cuba resident who currently attends Westminster College in Fulton, talk about his experience working with and being in Cuba’s Civil War mural. (1:11)

    wilberface Wilbur Vaughn admires the Bette Davis mural on Sunday, June 21, 2009 in Cuba, Mo. He was just 19 when he took the picture of Davis.

    Vaughn is pictured in the mural taking a picture of Davis. “The owner of the newspaper, Jim Jay, when he brought the paper out he had ‘Wilber Vaughn escapes irate husband’ and everybody in the town was rushing out to buy newspapers to find out whose wife I got caught with,” said Vaughn with a laugh.

    ----------Posted on September 30, 2009 by in Student Work

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