WELCOME TO CARTHAGE
Carthage has so much to see, do and learn, no matter the season of year you visit. We are located right on Route 66, the Mother Road that cut across the country when interstate travelling first began. You can wander through Red Oak 2, and see a town plucked from an earlier time, check out the Boots Motel which is currently being restored to its former glory, or catch a movie at the 66 Drive In movie theater during the warm months of the year.
For the history buffs, the Battle of Carthage was the first full scale land battle of the Civil War. The state of Missouri was a battleground state which had a tug of war between Confederate and Union forces, which ended in our town being destroyed by fire in 1864. Only the Kendrick House was spared from destruction, and still stands today. You can visit the free Civil War Museum and take advantage of its knowledgeable staff to learn more or go to the Historic Site to see where the battle took place.
The architecture is one of Carthage’s most prominent features. The town had marble mines that contributed to the affluency of its homes and businesses when it was rebuilt after the Civil War. Our courthouse is made from beautiful, stately Carthage marble and is the third most photographed building in the State of Missouri. One look at its gorgeous splendor and you will see why this is so! We also have lots of beautiful Victorian era homes that have been preserved and maintained and come together for an awe-inspiring historic homes driving tour. Stop by our office and we will give you a booklet with directions and photos of these beautiful homes.
We are proud of our historic past, but also so honored to be part of Carthage’s present and future! Come spend the day wandering around our downtown square district with retail shopping, dining, coffee, art gallery and flea markets. Precious Moments chapel is just outside of town as well and features the talents of Samuel J Butcher and the murals he painted. The man truly is a talented artist. If outdoors is more your thing, we have a great municipal golf course, Kellogg Lake, a public walking path, and several parks with play equipment for kids along with a skate park and pickleball courts.
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