Photo: The Route
66 Rocking Chair is a focal point for travelers and
locals alike and appears in the photographs of car clubs,
motorcycles groups, family photos, and brings smiles to the
faces of those who tilt their heads to take in its height. (enlarge
Owners of the Largest
Rocking Chair, Dan and Carolyn Sanazaro, built
the chair adjacent to The
Fanning Outpost General Store to prompt travelers
to stop and visit their complex of businesses: an archery
range, a taxidermy shop, and a general store with lodge style
décor, convenience items, and Route 66 mementos.
The businesses center around a renovated Fanning,
MO community building with a history as both a bar and a voting
center at different times.
Dan Sanazaro, thought the Route 66
location, four miles west of Cuba, MO (pop.3500), in Fanning,
MO, needed something special to attract folks to his fledgling
businesses that opened in what some might call an out-of-the-way
On April 4, 2009, a JOG, Inc., a local running
club plans a 4-mile Race to The
Rocker to benefit the local high school track program.
During the Christmas season, the rocker
made a striking light display and was an area “must see.”
Last year, the local fire department used their bucket lift
to raise groups of people high in the air to the chair for
The daylong event saw grandparents, babies,
and families, sometimes with the family pet, take their place
on the rocker for their once of a lifetime photos. The store has its own World’sLargest
Rocking Chair candy bar.