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Carthage Municipal Park and Golf Course,

2000 Oak St., Carthage, MO

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Most of the Carthage Municipal Park was built as a WPA (Federal Work Project) in 1937 during the Depression. Many of its buildings were constructed with native stone or rock and include a skating rink, swimming pool, tennis courts, playgrounds, Kiwanis Kiddieland, and scenic picnic shelters. There is also an 18 hole golf course.

Kiwanis Kiddieland - In 1948 the Kiwanis Club built children's rides from surplus US Army WWII material.

In 1952 they bought a miniature train, laid the track and built a station to load & unload young passengers.

The Municipal Park Stadium was built as a WPA project in 1937-38. It was originally an outdoor amphitheater but was converted to a ballpark. It was made of Fieldstone and the bleachers could hold 3,000 spectators and called the old Rock Stadium. It was used by a team in the Kansas-Oklahoma-Missour League from 1946-1952. It is now known as the Carl Lewton Stadium in honor of a former teacher, principal and coach.

This is the Municipal Park Swimming Pool and Bathhouse.

The skating rink was originally a dance pavilion and was built around 1938.

I think that this building is used by golfers.

xThe park was dedicated on July 5, 1937.

Photo(s): 2016



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