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…

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

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