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Powers Museum

1617 Oak St., Carthage, MO

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The Powers Museum opened in 1988. We love these local history museums, and have enjoyed visiting this one more than once. It is located on the north side of Route 66, across from Carthage Municipal Park.

The 1927 Taylor Tourist Park, and later the Parkview Motor/Tourist Court with eight modern cabins, Café, gas station and residence once occupied this site. The old tourist court buildings were torn down in the mid-1980s to make room for the new museum. The Parkview name referred to it's location across the road from the 1937 Municipal Park. In 1946 the Parkview was offered for sale for $27,500.00.

x When Marian Powers Winchester died in 1981, she left her estate to establish a museum for her town and requested the museum be named in honor of her parents, Dr. Everett & Marian Wright Powers.

Photo(s): 2016



x About Us We started traveling Historic U.S. Route 66 as a destination in 2009. It's like a 2,400 mile long drive back in time from Chicago to Santa Monica! more
xDid You Know: Many parts of the old 4 lane Route 66 were reverted to a 2 lane road after 66 was realigned to the interstate. In many places the abandoned lanes are still there.