5 Reasons You Should Move to Carthage, Missouri
Located just 15 minutes from Joplin’s excitement, the small town of Carthage really is a hidden gem. With deep Civil War roots, an architecturally stunning courthouse and unique attractions, Carthage offers an abundance of exploring and experiences that you are sure to love! Find out what we love about Carthage and why we think you should move here:
1. It’s Full of History
If you’re a serious history buff - specifically the Civil War era, then you probably know about the Battle of Carthage. The Battle of Carthage was the first major conflict of the American Civil War. Union troops from Saint Louis disagreed with the Missouri State Guard, resulting in a fight that stretched well past their initial bases. Approximately 7,000 troops were involved, and the battle extended across 10 miles of Carthage.
Fun fact: local community groups often put on reenactments of the battle near the grounds where it originally took place. Here, you can see the meadow and spring that made Carthage a hot commodity for soldiers during the battle. You can learn more about this event and when it takes place here.
2. Historic Courthouse and Charming Downtown
Built in 1895 and constructed of locally quarried stone, the Jasper County Courthouse is easily Carthage’s most prized possession. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is known for being one of the most photographed courthouses in the state of Missouri. Nestled in the middle of downtown, its castle-like turrets and massive clock tower soar over the renowned district. Would you believe us if we told you that the inside is just as beautiful as the outside?! Throughout the courthouse you’ll find historic displays and a mural painted by a fellow Missourian, Thomas Hart Benton. While you’re in the area be sure to check out the local mom and pop shops that add even more charm to downtown.
3. Route 66 Drive-In
Located right on historic Route 66, this unique piece of Americana is a must-see for anyone passing through Carthage. Debuting in 1949 and remodeled in the late ‘90s, the 66 Drive-In , also listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been mesmerizing locals and visitors for over 70 years. If you’re in the mood for some nostalgia, grab the movie night necessities, throw them in the back of your vehicle and head on over to the drive-in. Have littles that will be joining you? There’s a playground waiting for them when you get there!
4. Precious Moments Chapel
You know those angelic looking figurines used in biblical books for children that were popular in the ‘80s and ‘90s? Well, there’s a museum full of them and their history! Precious Moments creator and artist, Sam Butcher decided he wanted to create a platform where he could combine both his artistic work and religious beliefs. During a business trip, he stopped in Carthage and decided this was the place he wanted to call home. He bought some land and got to work on the building that we all know today as Precious Moments Chapel .
Inside the chapel, you’ll find hand-painted murals and stained-glass windows representing Butcher’s characters in biblical scenarios. The chapel and surrounding entertainment is open to the public year-round and is a great tourist attraction!
5. An Abundance of Job Opportunities
One of the perks about living in Carthage is an abundance of job opportunities - one of the largest being Leggett & Platt Headquarters. Established in Carthage in 1893, Leggett & Platt is a diversified manufacturer specializing in the design and production of engineered parts and products found in homes and automobiles. Dyno Nobel is another great employer to consider as they are a global leader in commercial explosives and have more than 3,000 employees and 32 manufacturing facilities.
Because Carthage is conveniently located less than 20 minutes from Joplin, a short commute provides even more job opportunities for locals. Some major employers in the Joplin area include Freeman Health System , Mercy Hospital , General Mills , and Contract Freighters, Inc. (CFI) . Needless to say, the job possibilities are endless.
Have we convinced you to move here yet? If so, you’re in luck because we’re building our first Carthage community – Creekside. Within 15 minutes of all Carthage schools and quick access to I-49, Creekside is situated in the heart of the Midwest (and it’s calling your name). Combine the peace of a small town in the countryside with luxury finishes and cultural heritage and you’re sure to love coming home!