Carthage City Hall (former), now Carthage Civil War Museum, 205 South Grant Street
City Hall as it appeared in 1885 Carthage City Directory.
Carthage firemen outside City Hall building on Grant Street circa 1914-15. Pictured are Carthage's second Fire Chief S S Mathews (third from left) and firemen (left to right) Neely, Whiteman, Wheeler, Huffer, Ayler, and Woods (no first names).
Civil War Museum and Harrington Block located next door. Before the Jasper County Courthouse was built, offices on the second floor of the Harrington Block were used for Jasper County business and a passage way between the two buildings existed.
Part of larger mural on the Battle of Carthage that greets visitors entering the Civil War Museum. The work was created by Carthage artist Andy Thomas and features battle action around the former Jasper County Courthouse.
Diorama of pre-Civil War Carthage courthouse square on view at Civil War Museum.
Digitization on CLIO is part of Powers Museum's "Digital Carthage" project in honor of Carthage's 175th Anniversary Celebration (March 28, 2017 through March 27, 2018).
Funding for the Walking in the Wards tour was made possible by a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Spring 2017.
Backstory and Context
In 1895, city offices moved into the Jasper County Courthouse on the second floor of the new courthouse since the city had contributed $50,000 to the courthouse construction project to guarantee the courthouse remain in Carthage. Jasper County government had been without a permanent home from the time the town was re-built after the Civil War's total destruction of the town. Temporary county offices even included the upstairs rooms of the Harrington Building located next to the 1883 City hall with access into the second floor of the city building.
Today the former City Hall building includes museum exhibits on life in Carthage during the Civil War years, including African-Americans, Native Americans and Myra Belle Shirley (aka Belle Starr) whose father owned much of the land on the north side of the courthouse square (including portions of this structure's property). The museum also features Civil War-themed artwork from local artists Bob Tommey and Andy Thomas.
Hansford, Michele Newton. Images of America: Carthage Missouri. Charleston SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2000 (1).
Vandergriff, Sue. Then & Now: An Architectural History of the Carthage, Missouri Square & Nearby Structures. Carthage, Missouri: author, 2003.
City Hall image former Powers Museum exhibit image.
Firemen photograph former Powers Museum exhibit image and found in Hansford source cited above (1).
2017 Photograph of museum and Harrington Block by Michele Hansford.
Mural photograph by Michele Hansford.
Diorama photography by Michele Hansford.