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Carthage Municipal Park and Golf Course,
2000 Oak St., Carthage, MO
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.
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.
skating rink was originally a dance pavilion and was built around 1938.
I think that this building is used by golfers.
park was dedicated on July 5, 1937.