Cuba, Missouri

Crawford County Historical Society & Museum

On Smith Street in Cuba, Missouri, next to Recklein Auditorium and across from the Recklein Library, a large, rock 1934 building sits back from the street with a green lawn in front. It even looks historical and is open to the public for a visit or for more extended tours and programs. It is the home of the Crawford County Historical Society and has a sign on the front entrance that reads History Museum in case there is any doubt.

If you haven’t visited or taken your children to the museum, you are missing out on a real treasure. To take this step back in time is an enrichment that shouldn’t be missed.

Located at the Visitor Center in Cuba, Missouri

Osage Trail Legacy Monument

The sculpture stands 35 feet tall, 20 feet wide, and 80 feet in length. The sculpture depicts an Osage family moving westward on the Osage Trail. The monument is designed to work with the contours of the site which includes working water features and native plant landscaping. The monument allows interstate drivers to see the sculpture from the city limit boundaries, both east and west. This is one of the largest sculptures ever dedicated, & erected, to the Osage Nation.

The sculpture depicts an Osage Indian family traveling westward along the Osage Trail. It features an Osage warrior in period-specific dress and historically accurate ornamentation, followed on the trail by his family. The Osage Tribe of Native Americans covered a wide range of territory in the American Midwest. Their hunting and warring expeditions spanned the entire Ozark Plateau region and included what would become the states of Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

Cuba, Missouri

Antique & Collectable Toys on Wheels collection

In addition to Missouri artist Ray Harvey’s Transportation Murals, Midwest Travel Plaza (exit 208 in Cuba, MO) now boasts the Antique & Collectable Toys on Wheels collection. The Travel Plaza was able to secure The Bruce Barnes Collection from the Stanton, MO Toy Museum for the next 5 years. 

While at Midwest Travel Plaza, you can dine at Dottie’s Restaurant and enjoy some fresh cookies and tasty yogurt. It sounds like an outing!

Cuba, Missouri

Mural Tour

Cuba, Missouri has painted the town, in a big way! The city’s 14 murals have attracted attention far and wide. The Missouri legislature has proclaimed Cuba, “Route 66 Mural City.” The murals have been featured on television shows and in magazines and newspapers. 

It all started in 2001 when Peoples Bank commemorated its 100th birthday by painting a mural of the bank’s first cashier and long-time president. It also depicts the town’s first Model T.

The first mural was so impressive that Viva Cuba, a community beautification group, adopted a public art project to complete 14 murals along Route 66 in Cuba. This multi-year project would involve thousands of man-hours of work and thousands of gallons of paint, and provide opportunities for local and nationally known artists.

Steelville, Missouri

Gallery Zeke

A Contemporary Art Gallery in Historic Downtown Steelville,Mo. The Steelville Arts Council was formed in July 2010 to promote and celebrate the arts and artists in the Steelville community. Gallery Zeke was opened in September 2012.

Gallery Zeke is a venue for displaying and selling artwork and for art talks, receptions, poetry readings, musical performances, art classes and short films.

The gallery provides an educational opportunity for everyone in our community, including high school art students,, and exposes them to many different kinds of art.

Steelville, Missouri

Meramec Music Theatre

The Meramec Music Theatre is in the rustic Ozark town of Steelville. Offering musical variety shows, featuring country, gospel, bluegrass and oldies music, with a dose of comedy tossed in for good times. In addition to our regular shows, we present concerts by top name headliners. Great family entertainment, April-December. See our website for schedules.

The Meramec Music Theatre was acquired by the Steelville Arts Council in 2013.  The theatre is dedicated to bringing the musical and performing arts to Steelville in the 600-seat theatre.  Built in 2001, the Meramec Music Theatre has hosted well-known country, bluegrass, gospel and folk acts throughout the years.


The Maramec Museum features interactive displays that teach us about the natural and historical importance of this region. Some of the displays include artifacts found from the Ironworks, education about Missouri wildlife, water touch tables, the science behind springs and the water cycle, models of the Ironworks in the 1800’s, aquarium and more! We also host interpretive programs taught by the Park’s Naturalist. School field trips welcome!

Located in Steelville, Missouri, this museum was donated to the city of Steelville by Helen Jonas. The museum was the Jonas family home and represents and displays family history and their roles in the Steelville community.
219 Main Street, Steelville, MO, 65565
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