One Man Moved This Entire Missouri Town And You’ve Got To See It

Edgar Degas once said, “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” The truth in these words is evident in a small village outside of Carthage, Missouri. Red Oak II is the creation of Lowell Davis, an artist, born in the original Red Oak on Route 66. When he returned to his hometown as an adult, he saw many of the buildings forgotten and left to decay. In 1987, he decided to buy and transport the business and homes from Red Oak about 23 miles away to the farmland he purchased outside of Carthage.

When you visit Red Oak II prepare to be transported back in time when life was a bit simpler…

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

Have you visited Red Oak II? What was your favorite part about this transported town? Let us know in the comments below!