Introduction to Carthage, Texas
Johnathan Anderson donated 100 acres to create Carthage in 1848. Many pioneering families had established themselves at farms and homesteads in the nearby area by then. Pulaski, the temporary county seat on the Sabine River, was also settled by that time. Carthage became the county seat of Panola County. Oil and gas discovery in the area led to an economic boom. Carthage is indebted to the oil and gas industry which contributed greatly to its growth. Among the notable residents of the city were Jim Reeves, country singer and Tex Ritter, singing cowboy.
Carthage and Nearby Attractions
- Texas Country Music Hall of Fame
- Lake Murvaul
- Jim Reeves Memorial
- Panola County Heritage Museum
- Tyler Municipal Rose Garden
- Ellen Trout Zoo
Things To Do In Carthage
The memorial of music legend Jim Reeves is located at the outskirts of Carthage. Texas Country Music Hall of Fame celebrates the contribution to country music by Texan musicians. Tex Ritter Museum houses memorabilia given by the Ritter's family from California. Activities like boating, water skiing, and fishing may be enjoyed at Martin Creek Lake State Park. The 287-acre park also has picnic areas and camping grounds. Places of historical significance in the area include Fort Jesup State Historic Site, Jefferson Railway Depot, Starr Family Home State Historic Site, and Mansfield State Historic Site.
Flights are available from Shreveport Regional Airport.
Carthage Higher Education
Panola College, Wiley College, and LeTourneau University are nearby colleges.