Area Information


In 1842, Carthage was created and designed as the seat of Jasper County. The log building used as the first courthouse still stands. In 1894, construction began on the new courthouse in the center of the city square.

Carthage prospered from the beginning even with the hardships of the Civil War, and was the site of that conflict's first major land battle. After the war, rich deposits of lead and zinc were discovered in the area, and by the end of the 19th century, Carthage reportedly had more millionaires per capita than any other city in the United States.

As a result of this remarkable prosperity, Carthage today is a famous showplace of elaborate and well preserved Victorian architecture.

Carthage offers 4 distinct seasons. July is the warmest month with annual average temperatures between 69 to 90 degrees. The highest recorded temperature was 115 degrees in 1954. On average, the coolest month is January with temperatures ranging from 22 to 42 degrees. Average annual precipitation is 42.6 inches.


Public primary and middle schools in Carthage include Colombian Elementary, Fairview Elementary, Steadley Elementary, Mark Twain Elementary, Pleasant Valley Elementary and Carthage Junior High School. Colleges and universities in the area include Missouri Southern State College, Pittsburg State University, Ozarks Technical Community College, Drury University, Southwest Baptist University, Southwest Mssouri State University and more.

Hospitals and medical centers in the area include McCune Brooks Hospital, Freeman Health System, St. Johns Regional Medical Center and Freeman Neosho Hospital.

Carthage is home to many fascinating places. The Precious Moments Chapel has become a prime national tourist attraction. Also of interest is the Foxfire Farm/Red Oak II, the home and reconstructed village of Lowell Davis. On its premises is the Belle Starr Museum, which features mementos of the legendary Myra Maebelle Shirley, a talented daughter of a prominent Carthage family, who later became Belle Starr, the “Queen of the Outlaws.”


Carthage is also one of the original homes of ragtime music, and the hometown of famed ragtime composer James Scott. Also of interest is the Powers Museum, a repository of both arts and sciences. Programs are also presented by the Carthage Council on the Arts, Carthage Musical Devotees, Carthage Music and Theater Club, and various school music groups. There are also tours of Civil War sites and historic facilities.

The Carthage calendar of events also features the Food Fair and Home Show, the Maple Leaf Marching Band Festival, Antique and Art Festival, Civil War Re-enactment, Summerfest Music Festival, Jasper County Youth Fair, Belle Starr Days, Precious Moments Week, Midwest Gathering of the Artists, Center Creek Arts and Crafts Festival, James Scott International Ragtime Festival, Maple Leaf Festival, Christmas Parade, Precious Moments Collectors Christmas Weekend, Christmas at Red Oak II, and much more!

Carthage is a gateway to unlimited recreation in the fabled Ozarks, where the hunting and fishing - not to mention scenery - is unsurpassed. Just down the road you’ll find many big lakes and unique places like Eureka Springs, Arkansas; Branson's fabled music theaters, Silver Dollar City, Shepherd of the Hills Farm and much, much more.


Whether picnicking, golfing or floating Spring River or being a spectator to one of our many regional sports events, Carthage offers a range of outdoor activities. Our 2 largest parks, Kellogg Lake on Spring River and Municipal Park are wonderful places.

Just off historic Route 66, much of Municipal Park was built by federal work projects during the Depression and consists of native stone or rock structures that include a skating rink, swimming pool, tennis courts, playgrounds, 18-hole golf course, Kiwanis Kiddieland and scenic picnic shelters. Our smaller historic parks: Central and Carter are also unique. Carter Park's gates are a memorial to the Battle of Carthage, and were nationally known as the Carthage Tourist Park in the 1920s and 1930s when visited by Route 66 travelers.

Fair Acres Sports Complex on Carthage's south side is the scene of many competitions as well as the refurbished Carl Lewton Stadium in Municipal Park.

The latter was home to the Kansas-Oklahoma-Missouri league in which Mickey Mantle got his start as an Independence, Kansas, Yankee in 1949.




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