Carthage (Missouri)

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Carthage is a town of about 13,000 in southwest Missouri, It is known as "America's Maple Leaf City".

Understand[edit]

Carthage was established in 1842 to serve as the county seat of Jasper County. As Missouri was sandwiched between the secessionist southern states and the abolitionist north, Carthage became a Civil War battlefield on July 5, 1861 and again in October 1863; pro-Confederate guerrillas burned much of the city in September 1864.

The current Jasper County Courthouse, built of Carthage stone in 1894, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. After the civil war, Carthage thrived as a rail town, a source for "Carthage marble" (a hard, polished limestone) and a highway crossroads when U.S. Highways 66 and 71 came to town in 1926.

Get in[edit]

Joplin Regional Airport (10 miles from Carthage) offers multiple round-trip flights daily to Kansas City (150 miles); transport is also available to Tulsa (110 miles).

By highway, Carthage is served by Interstate 44 (which bypasses Route 66 in the region) and by US Highway 71.

Get around[edit]

No public mass transit exists in Carthage, although the municipality operates City Taxi (8AM-6PM weekdays only, +1 417 358-9336). Conventional taxi service is provided by A to B Taxi (+1 417 358-8294) and McCoy Cab (+1 417 358-7552).

See[edit]

Jasper County court house
  • Battle of Carthage State Historic SiteEast Chestnut Road +1 417 682-2279. Daily 8AM-6PM. The Battle of Carthage was one of the preliminary battles leading up to the much larger one at Wilson's Creek. Southern Missouri was fought over fiercely because of its rich lead and zinc deposits. Free.
  • Jasper County CourthouseCourthouse Square, 302 South Main Street +1 417 625-4350. Constructed with local Carthage marble in 1894, the building's grandiose architecture includes turrets, towers, and arches. The building remains the county seat today; museum and guided tours are open to the public.
  • Kendrick House131 E Northwoods St +1 417 358-0636. Oldest surviving house in Jasper County (built 1849), believed to have served as a Civil War field hospital complete with slave quarters. Various events, ghost tours.
  •    Powers Museum1617 West Oak Street (on Old Route 66),  +1 417 237-0456. Tu-Sa 10:30AM-4:30PM summer/fall. Local history from the post-Civil War period to the 20th century with educational programs describing Missouri and the Ozarks region. Local archives, reference library and souvenir shop. by donation.

Do[edit]

  • 66 Drive-in Theatre17231 Old 66 Blvd. +1 417 359-5959, e-mail: . One of the few remaining drive-in cinemas on Route 66, with neon signage of the era. Listed on the US National Register of Historic Places, its original 1949 design closely matches the "Radiator Springs Drive-In" in 2006 film Cars. $6 adults, $3 children 5-12, free for children under 5.

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

  • 311 Café103 3rd Street +1 417 359-0311. localized Italian cuisine, great food, reasonably priced. Very bland and institutional.
  • Ranch House Restaurant2937 S Grand Ave +1 417 359-5200. Local steak house, great food, reasonably priced.
  • Whisler's Drive-Up300 N Garrison Ave +1 417 358-4951. Classic old-style hamburger stand.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Hotels[edit]

  • Econo Lodge1441 W. Central +1 417 358-3900fax: +1 417 358-6839. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. Two-story hotel with 82 rooms, continental breakfast, wi-fi, free local calls. $60-140 (Doubles).

Motels[edit]

  •    Boots Court107 S. Garrison Avenue (downtown, at former US66 / US71 crossroads),  +1 417 310-2989, e-mail: . Route 66 historic motel from 1939 streamline moderne era, hosted Clark Gable and other notables in its "radio in every room" heyday. Five of the thirteen rooms were restored to the 1949 era (before TV came to Carthage) and reopened in 2012; the original roof and neon were restored in 2013. $US 66-71/night.
  • Super 8 Motel416 W. Fir Road +1 417 359-9000. Internet, continental breakfast, hot tub. Additional charge for pets. $63 (Doubles).

Bed and breakfast[edit]

Camping[edit]

  • Precious Moments-Cubby Bears RV Park4321 Chapel Road +1 417 358-1389.
  • T's Corner RV Park2807 S. Grand +1 417 358-3951. Convenience store, fuel, RV park on 12 acres.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Carthage
Kansas CityLamar  N I-49.svgnoframe S  JoplinFayetteville
TulsaJoplin  W US 66 (historic).svg E  HalltownSpringfield
Ends at MO-171.svg ← Jct MO-43.svg  W MO-96.svg E  HalltownEnds at I-44.svg
Ends at US 69.svgUS 160.svgUS 400.svgWebb City  W MO-171.svg E  END


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