Drake Hotel (former), now Drake Hotel Apartments, 406 Howard Street
Interior view of lobby of the Drake Hotel set up for a dinner.
Early metal sign from Drake Hotel on display at the Powers Museum.
Postcard of Drake Hotel, circa 1935-40.
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
When opened, rooms cost $1.50 to $2.50 a night and the restaurant was used by travelers and local citizens for daily dining and special functions such as club meetings, reunions and national sales meetings hosted by local businesses. For several years the Carthage Chamber of Commerce maintained its office at this location.
By the 1940s and 1950s, the hotel's Sunday chicken dinners (sold for $1.00) were well known in the region. Owned and operated by various hotel chains including Wyman Hotels, the Drake closed in the 1970s and became care facility. Restored in 2006, the structure now houses senior apartments and the lobby has been returned to its original 1920s appearance.
Hansford, Michele. Images of America: Carthage, Missouri. Charleston SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2000.
Utter, Wade and Hansford, Michele. Images of America: Carthage, Missouri 1940 - 1990. Charleston SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2013.
Interior photoograph in Powers Museum Collection.
Sign in Powers Museum Collection.
Postcard Powers Museum exhibit image.