CARTHAGE, MO.--- Carthage is known to many as a mining town. Those who aren't aware of the history may find Carthage to be fascinating.
"Most of our leisure traffic is here for the history. We have a large Victorian Historic District, lots of nice homes. People come to visit Precious Moments as well. And then we have a lot of Route 66 International travelers," said Wendi Douglas, Carthage Convention and Visitors Bureau.
If you want to go back to the 1800's the Red Oak II can help with that. Some of the features are a country store, church and one-room school house.
"Get to know your hometown and your heritage," said Douglas.
After you've toured the city, it's time to eat. A town favorite is Carthage Deli and Ice Cream. If you plan on staying the night, Boots Court Motel is the place to sleep. Even Actor Clark Gable stayed in Room 10 after World War II.
"We're standing in a restored room in the 1946 building. We have a radio in every room as they did back in the day. And five beautifully restored rooms from 1946 restored to year 1949," said Debbie Dee, Boots Court Motel Manager.
The Boots Court Motel manager says it's one of the popular stops in Carthage.
"It's a very unique place. It gives you a feeling of going back to the 40's. Going back to the day when the Route 66 was in its hay day. So it makes it a very special stop," said Dee.
Whether you choose Carthage for a day trip or a weekend get-a-way, there are many places to visit.
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