Cuba: No Castro…Now and then…
Missouri is known for having towns named for foreign cities or countries. Names such as Paris, Mexico, and, yes, Cuba are not unusual on Missouri maps. In fact, in 1857 Cuba was named after the island of Cuba, which was fighting for its independence and thought to be a beautiful island.
Before relations got chilly between the tropical Cuba and the US Cuba, the Cuba High School Class of 1952 actually traveled to the island of Cuba for their class trip. Twenty-two seniors and their chaperones left on the Burlington American Bus, No. 6660 on a trip to Havana. Only in Crawford County would a trip to Havana, Cuba begin by traveling to Steelville and then to Fredericktown, MO. The saga was chronicled in a Spring 1979 Backroads article by Cindy Cason and Linda Bach. Backroads was a Cuba HIgh School publication about the history, people, and activities of Crawford County.
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