More about Cuba, Missouri
Welcome to Crawford County Missouri! Our lovely County was organized in 1829 and named after Senator William H. Crawford of Georgia. This area of Missouri located at the foothills of the Ozarks is a popular attraction for hunting, fishing, boating and floating. Crawford county has abundant fresh water Creeks and Rivers such as the Meramec River, Huzzah, Courtois and Yadkin Creek bringing many visitors to our area each year. There is over 10,000 acres of Mark Twain National Forest in the County providing hunting, horseback riding, ATV riding and hiking trails just to name a few of the enjoyments of the forest. The County also hosts the seasonally gated Community of Indian Hills Lake offering a 326 Acre lake for year round enjoyment and over 700 hundred homes.
Cuba was founded in 1857 by George Jamison and Wesley Smith. It was named after the island of Cuba. Harry Truman visited Cuba during a tour of U.S. Route 66. He surveyed the property that would eventually become Indian Hills Lake. Indian Hills Lake was originally known as "Indian Head Lake" because the skull of a Native American was found during excavation. Bette Davis and Amelia Earhart also visited the town. Their visits are commemorated in the Viva Cuba Mural Project. Cuba 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 twelve outdoor murals along the Route 66 corridor. Cuba is also the site of the first Adopt a Highway program in Missouri.