America’s Maple Leaf City – Carthage, Missouri

America’s Maple Leaf City – Carthage, Missouri
America's Maple Leaf City
America’s Maple Leaf City

Carthage, Missouri is America’s Maple Leaf City. Experience a unique intersection of art, history, and culture. Carthage is a hub for travelers from all around the globe. It lies at the intersection of the Historic U.S.Route 66, and Jefferson Highway. Red Oak II is a place you can explore and see a town that dates back to a simpler time. Book your night at the Boots Court Motel, where famous clients like Clark Gable or Mickey Mantle stayed. This iconic hotel was built by Arthur Boots in 1938 and restored to its original glory. Plan your trip during the warmer months to enjoy the Route 66 Drive-In Theatre showing popular Hollywood movies. Enjoy a double feature in the evening sky. During intermission, take a stroll around the 1949 structure to see the original neon sign and the concession stand.

Route 66 Drive-In Theatre
Route 66 Drive-In Theatre
Boots Court Motel
Boots Court Motel

Are you a History buff? We have you covered. The Battle of Carthage was 11 days ahead of Bull Run, and it was the first major land battle of the Civil War. Missouri was a battleground state that saw a tug-of-war between Union and Confederate forces. The town was destroyed by fire in 1864, and rebuilt at a later time. Visit the Civil War Museum for free admission and to learn more about the Battle of Carthage. Take a visit to the Battle of Carthage State Historic Site, which contains a silent meadow/spring that makes it a perfect place for Confederate and Union troops to camp during the battle.

Are you captivated by architecture and historic buildings? Carthage’s most distinctive feature is architecture. The Jasper County Courthouse, the towns ‘Crown Jewel,’ built in 1894-95, features the famous Carthage marble and is said to be the second-most-photographed building in Missouri, sitting center of the Historic Carthage Square. You will find a wrought iron cage elevator that is still in operation today; a display illustrating Route 66’s history; and “Forged In Fire,” a mural by Lowell Davis that depicts Jasper County’s history.

Jasper County Court House
Jasper County Courthouse
Historic Homes
Historic Homes

You can take a walk around the square to learn more about the history of these buildings and their original owners, which dates back to the late 1800s and early 1900s. These historic buildings are now home to unique merchants and eateries, making them the perfect place to shop and eat. One merchant is The Pie Safe. Customers can enjoy a delicious meal in a charming setting while also enjoying a wide range of teas and pies.

The Carthage Historic Homes Driving Tour is a must-see for anyone visiting Carthage. A residential area is located just a few blocks from the Historic Town Square. This was where bankers, miners, lawyers, doctors, and merchants first settled. On display are examples of Eastlake, Romanesque, Queen Anne and Italianate architectures.

The Maple Leaf Parade attracts more than 80,000 people to the town each Saturday in October. This week-long event is part of The Maple Leaf Festival and is named after Carthage’s beautiful fall foliage.

Carthage is much more than a planned trip, it’s an experience. Visit www.experiencecarthagemo.com Learn more

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