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The Birdsong was moved to Red Oak II from the Kenny Birdsong property near the Precious Moments Chapel. It was a water tower for one of the largest horse bans in the area. Harley Warrick, the nationally known "Mail Pouch" barn painter, who painted over 20,000 barns, chose the Birdsong to be his last barn to paint before retiring, and is the only one west of the Mississippi river. Red Oak II is the creation of artist Lowell Davis, who's family had pioneered the town of Red Oak. After success as an artist, he started moving his old home town to his farm 32 miles away creating Red Oak II. Lowell now lives in what he considers his "Masterpiece" in the Belle Starr house where the famous outlaw was raised. Red Oak II is located a few miles Northeast of Carthage Missouri, just off Route 66. (Greg Disch gdisch@gregdisch.com)

Red Oak II

Red Oak II is the creation of artist Lowell Davis, who’s family had pioneered the town of Red Oak. After success as an artist, he started moving his old home town to his farm 32 miles away creating Red Oak II. Lowell now lives in what he considers his “Masterpiece” in the Belle Starr house where the famous outlaw was raised. Red Oak II is located a few miles Northeast of Carthage Missouri, just off Route 66.

Lowell Davis, Artist and creator of Red Oak II. Red Oak II is the creation of artist Lowell Davis, who's family had pioneered the town of Red Oak. After success as an artist, he started moving his old home town to his farm 32 miles away creating Red Oak II. Lowell now lives in what he considers his "Masterpiece" in the Belle Starr house where the famous outlaw was raised. Red Oak II is located a few miles Northeast of Carthage Missouri, just off Route 66. (Greg Disch gdisch@gregdisch.com)

Red Oak II, a faithful reproduction of a small Missouri town, is the labor of love of one Lowell Davis. In the late 1980s, he began creating Red Oak II in an empty field not far from Carthage.
Davis grew up in the nearby town of Red Oak, and like many of us, witnessed and lamented some of the changes taking place in countless small communities in the boom years following the end of World War II.
So, he turned his artistic talents to the issue. Davis began procuring castoff buildings, moving them here, and sprucing them up. What you’ll see is nearly a complete town, minus the people and traffic you’d see if all of the buildings were inhabited and in use.
You’ll find a general store, blacksmith shop, service station, church, residences (some of which are now occupied), and much more. There’s even a cemetery to complete the picture.

Admission & Hours

Red Oak II does not have regular hours and is always open, and there is no admission charge, however Lowell does accept donations to help with the upkeep.  Please keep in mind that this is private property and people live here, please respect their privacy and obey signs.

Red Oak II is the creation of artist Lowell Davis, who's family had pioneered the town of Red Oak. After success as an artist, he started moving his old home town to his farm 32 miles away creating Red Oak II. Lowell now lives in what he considers his "Masterpiece" in the Belle Starr house where the famous outlaw was raised. Red Oak II is located a few miles Northeast of Carthage Missouri, just off Route 66. (Greg Disch gdisch@gregdisch.com)

What to Photograph:

The list of items to photograph is very long and includes many old original buildings from the town of Red Oak, and the surrounding area including Route 66.

Some of the buildings include:

  • Elmira School
  • Red Oak II Cafe
  • School Marm House
  • Trolly Car Diner
  • Feed and Seed Store
  • Town Hall
  • Bandstand
  • Log Barn
  • Blacksmith Shop
  • General Store
  • Woodshed
  • Phillips 66 Gas Station
  • Belle Star House
  • The Birdsong
  • Salem Country Church
  • Marshall Hooker Cabin
  • Marshall’s Office

In addition are many other structures and homes, lots of antique cars, and some of Lowell’s whimsical art work.

The Phillips 66 service station was located on old Route 66 near the turn off to Red Oak Missouri. The station was brought to Red Oak II and completly restored inside and out in 1989. Red Oak II is the creation of artist Lowell Davis, who's family had pioneered the town of Red Oak. After success as an artist, he started moving his old home town to his farm 32 miles away creating Red Oak II. Lowell now lives in what he considers his "Masterpiece" in the Belle Starr house where the famous outlaw was raised. Red Oak II is located a few miles Northeast of Carthage Missouri, just off Route 66. (Greg Disch gdisch@gregdisch.com)

Best Time for Photographers:

Anytime is a good time here, there is enough variety and different angles to be able to shoot all day long.

Friendly Fire a sculpture by Lowell Davis at Red Oak II. Red Oak II is the creation of artist Lowell Davis, who's family had pioneered the town of Red Oak. After success as an artist, he started moving his old home town to his farm 32 miles away creating Red Oak II. Lowell now lives in what he considers his "Masterpiece" in the Belle Starr house where the famous outlaw was raised. Red Oak II is located a few miles Northeast of Carthage Missouri, just off Route 66. (Greg Disch gdisch@gregdisch.com)

Getting There:

Driving Directions

Take Hwy 96 east out of Carthage MO for 1 mile, you will see a lake on the right and Flyin’ W Convenience Store on the left.  You will then see an old car on a post on the left side of the road, turn left here on Rd 130 and follow the signs to Red Oak II.

The Red Oak II Cemetery was created with dombstones from local monument companies that were asked to replace the old tombstones with new ones by family members. The original names on the stones were either destroyed or the surving family conseted for the name to remain. Red Oak II is the creation of artist Lowell Davis, who's family had pioneered the town of Red Oak. After success as an artist, he started moving his old home town to his farm 32 miles away creating Red Oak II. Lowell now lives in what he considers his "Masterpiece" in the Belle Starr house where the famous outlaw was raised. Red Oak II is located a few miles Northeast of Carthage Missouri, just off Route 66. (Greg Disch gdisch@gregdisch.com)

Maps:

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Use the map  + – controls to zoom in and out, click and drag the to move the map, use the Map drop-down to change to “Map”, “Satellite”, “Hybrid”, or “Terrain” views.  Drag the little man icon from the upper left corner to a map location for street level view.

 

Location Contact Information:

Red Oak II
County Loop 122, Kafir Rd
Carthage, Missouri 64836
(417) 237-0808
lowelldavis@redoakii.com

Links

Red Oak II Website

Red Oak II Facebook Page

Lowell Davis Artist

Nearest City or Town:

 Carthage MO

Red Oak II Photo Gallery

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 Greg Disch is a freelance photographer located in Fort Smith, Arkansas.  Greg specializes in nature, scenic, wildlife, and other outdoor subjects in Arkansas and other areas of the country. Greg also shoots portraits and event photography and is available for assignments.  Greg teaches photography classes and workshops in Arkansas and other locations.  Most of the images on this site are available for sale as prints, personal use, or rights managed stock photos.

 

 


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