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Spirits of Carthage, Missouri

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An October 2004 trip to Carthage by btwood2

·	Mural of turn-of-Century Carthage Photo, Carthage, Missouri More Photos
Quote: Carthage was the site of a Civil War battle, has streets lined by stately Victorian homes, and is home to Precious Moments Inspiration Park and sometimes to Guide JOSE KEVO at his tropical refuge on old Route 66. José, his sidekick Mama Juana, and various spirits, ghosts, and shrines provided a memorable weekend.

Spirits of Carthage, Missouri

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Overview

·	Mural of turn-of-Century Carthage Photo, Carthage, Missouri
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Hosted by JOSE KEVO: Being guests of IgoUgo Guide José Kevo in itself was a highlight. The smiling man in the Bayahibe T-shirt emerging from the front door was this persona, and although I’d reminded myself a number of times his name is KEV, not JAKE, "Hi, Jake!" were the words that went with the picture. Quickly followed by, "-er, I mean, KEV." Ghostly Carthage: The rainy weekend, the first and badly needed precipitation of the season, only enhanced the mysterious mood of this history-laden town, and it was highly conducive to ghostly presences. Spooklight: When I heard about the Spooklight, I immediately knew that would be at the top of my list for Carthage "must-s...Read More

Memories of Wealthier Times

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·Jasper County Courthouse Photo, Carthage, Missouri
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Due to ongoing Civil War guerilla warfare, much of the original town of Carthage had been destroyed by 1863. Following the war, the town began to be rebuilt from the ashes. Lead, zinc, and marble mining, plus productive wheat fields, created considerable wealth. This, in turn, led to those who profited from these industries, business ventures, and farming, building stylish Victorian mansions. Town Square: We began our architectural tour on Town Square, dominated by Jasper County Courthouse. It was completed in 1895 after more than a year and a half of day and night construction. The courthouse, built of native stone quarried locally, was designed in the Romanesque Revival style by arc...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 1, 2005

Civil War Battlefield – Battle of Carthage Photo, Carthage, Missouri
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In mists and drizzle, we drove onto the fields of the Civil War Battle of Carthage. Outside, I pulled my sweatshirt hood over my head as fine raindrops descended and dampened my face. Beyond an information kiosk, gently rolling fields, a creek, and a small cave on the far bank stretched out before me. I wondered how many men had died or become disabled on this ground, where I was now walking among brown, shriveled leaves. Fall hadn’t come gloriously to Carthage this year, the result of the wrong sequences of temperatures and humidity. Some trees were beginning to color, but most were casually dropping nondescript leaves, turning my mind to thoughts of death in battle, no drama in blazing colors, s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 1, 2005

Civil War Battlefield – Battle of Carthage
East Chestnut Road
Carthage, Missouri

Hornet Spooklight

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Attraction

Hornet Spooklight Photo, Carthage, Missouri
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Kev told us he’d be taking us across the state line into Oklahoma to view the Spooklight. After a zig-zaggy drive and stop at a Quick Mart for water and soda, we found ourselves slowly bumping along on a dirt road, and we eventually came to a stop. We were not alone. From time to time, cars ahead and behind us cast their lights coming and going. No sooner would Kev say, "Look, there, that’s it," than a vehicle would drive up, and the light would disappear. I’d say we saw the light no more than a second or two a couple of times during the time we were parked (less than an hour). It was too short to view its movement or anything unusual about it, and we were wondering if it may have belonge...Read More

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Hornet Spooklight
Road E40 or Road E50
Carthage, Missouri

·	Congregation of the Mother Co-redemptrix Photo, Carthage, Missouri
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A park-like area opened up to the right as we drove south on Grand Avenue. Our interest piqued, we parked and walked up the long double sidewalk to the gray four-story rectangular, cross-topped building, which looked more like a school than a church. "Our Lady of the Ozarks" was engraved above the arched door and first-floor windows. We’d stumbled into the Congregation of the Mother Co-Redemptrix, a seminary for Vietnamese Catholic men who spend most of their days in prayer, meditation, and study at Conception Seminary College. The top of a statue off to the left and behind the seminary caught my eye as I stood in front of the seminary building. I walked around the left side of the buil...Read More
·Verizon store in Joplin Photo, Carthage, Missouri
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Was Mama Juana to blame? At first I quickly dismissed this idea when Kev brought it up, because the mishap occurred before my husband had even had a drop of the sweet, fiery liquid. We’d been introduced to Mama J the day before. But I later reconsidered… perhaps it was the mere anticipation of those shots that caused the careless toss of the jacket over the seat. We were back in the motor home after a most satisfying evening of Caribbean dining and enjoyable company. Back at my computer station, I was showing Kev some of the photos I’d taken and also how slowly IgoUgo loads using my cell phone as a modem. The page hadn’t even finished loading before Bob asked me if I’d seen his cell ph...Read More

Caribbean Feasting at Jose Kevo's

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Story/Tip

·Parked off Historic 66 Photo, Carthage, Missouri
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Entering KEVO’s Caribbean refuge on Oak Street/Route 66, you get almost an immediate high from the oxygen exhaled by the jungle of plants, mostly in the living room. It’s also like being immersed into a wild mixture of old Jake Ryan and new Jose Kevo journals – enlarged photos, many familiar from IgoUgo, line the walls, plus there are travel mementos and collections on the shelves and tables and in nooks and crannies of this very-full-of character home. Meeting Mama: We suggested taking Kev out for dinner our first night, and he was agreeable but doubted we’d need to after a very enjoyable happy hour(s), in which w...Read More