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Monday, July 30, 2012

More Sightseeing

Forrest & Gail took us on another drive through Carthage. We saw some beautiful old homes, but I didn't get any pictures, unfortunately.

We also stopped at the Jasper County courthouse that is located here.  It's a gorgeous building with some neat history inside.

Jasper County, MO courthouse               DSCF0507

“Forged in Fire” is a mural that takes up one whole wall. It was painted by Lowell Davis who recreated his hometown in Red Oak II. (I wrote about that in yesterday's post.)

Mural of Jasper County history

The mural commemorates the beginning of Carthage from Native American roots to modern times. I am always amazed how artists take a blank canvas and bring it to life.

The courthouse has many other artifacts depicting the history of the area.

Jasper County history

 Route 66 history

There was even a dud mine from the Spanish American War!

Mine from Spanish-American War

And how often do you see one of these anymore?You don't see this very often

We ended our tour of the town at a little Mexican restaurant. Very authentic and very tasty. After that, it was time to go home. Our tummies were full and we were ready for a nap! :)

Once the sun goes down, we'll be doing some getting-ready-to-travel chores. We are finding that doing some of these chores the night before we leave sure helps us get out quicker. And in this heat, we want to get on the road as early as possible. I need to do some laundry and Randy's going to flush tanks.

Just a three hour drive tomorrow to Paola, Kansas. That will be our home for the next ten weeks or so. We'll be workamping at Hillsdale Lake State Park. But, the best part is that we'll be just an hour away from Samantha and AubreyLynn!

Until the next time . . .

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