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Red Oak II, Carthage

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  • Having visited this place upon the recommendation of a co-worker over 20 years ago, we were delighted to find that, not only did the place still exist, it has seemingly thrived! Many more rescued buil...  more »
  • If you love Route 66, don't miss this! You feel as though you are walking into the past when you finally find this treasure. We were there off season but it was warm and sunny and inviting even though...  more »
  • We heard about Red Oak II from at least 4 different people. And it was better than they made it out to be. Quirky and fun. A geocache or two to add to your collection. Art, buildings, humor. It was a ...  more »
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  • Really neat place. Local artist Lowell Davis moved several historical and neat old country buildings here to save them and somewhat recreate the town his family helped settle. It is a small town of buildings that are fun to walk around. Some of the buildings are private homes now, but the locals seem used to people walking around and taking pictures of the outside of there houses. If you are lucky enough to meet Mr. Davis you are in for a treat. He considers Red Oak II as a giant piece of art, which it is. He says his favorite medium for art is things others throw away and this town proves that in big way. This town is art, a history lesson, and a fun time all wrapped into one. If you do find Mr. Davis or his wife, I suggest buying his autobiography "There are no Memories in First Class" It is the story of Lowell Davis' art, life, loves, hardships, and triumphs. Exploring the town is free but there is a donation box. Just park your car at the front and walk around this town.
  • This place was a little freaky, great if you want to film a horror movie. May be better if other people are there.
  • Living history... Mr. DAVIS and people around there are super nice and we had a great time . In Sunday's evenings live music in Church just join this😉
  • Very cool!! If your into the whole Route 66 mother road thing, then I'd say you have to stop by this place. I found out about it because I was stopping in Carthage for an overnight stay and was looking for something to kill some time. There wasn't much info on it but I saw that it was free and open to the public any day of the week, and I didn't see any restriction for pets. I asked the clerk at the hotel about it's location and she easily directed me and confirmed it being open. She suggested I go a little later in the evening when its cooler because there is a lot to see and explore. She also suggested I talk to the owner, because he will tell you the history behind the site and sometimes gives tours. I'm glad I went and I loved looking at all the buildings, antique cars, and metal art. It really is cool and I wish I would have had the time to visit with Lowell to get the full experience, but it just wasn't in the cards that day. The only problem I had was at one point, I stopped my truck and got out to take some pictures, my dog was still in the vehicle (with his head hanging out the window) and suddenly, 5 or 6 little dogs that apparently live at one of the houses, came charging my way. I don't think they were after me, but they definitely didn't like my dog. They were barking, growling and agitated. In the ensuing chaos, one of the smaller dogs nipped at my calf and I had to scare them, to back them away. Once I got back in my vehicle and drove a little further up the loop things settled down and the dogs returned home. I guess it's not really a pet friendly place for visitors' with dogs. That experience doesn't detract from the overall appeal of this place, but dog owners be forewarned. I guess I was even more surprised that people actually live in some of the houses here. I wasn't expecting to find a community of people in a sort of "ghost town". That was kind of a negative for me. Like another reviewer, I felt uncomfortable taking pictures and walking around someone's actual residence. If I had known in advance which houses were occupied I'd not have stopped to take pictures, but as it was, the houses were inner mixed with the town buildings along the loop so it's kind of inevitable unless you only visit the first few buildings at the entrance. All in all it's something worth visiting if your in the area and I'd recommend it for those who want some neat pictures for your Route 66 adventure.
  • Really cool place to take pictures. We had family pictures done here once and took collector cars here to have pictures taken of them once.
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