JH 2016 Convention



April 29 & 30, 2016


Thank you to the fellow JHA members, guests and other "Old Roads" enthusiasts who attended the 5th Annual Jefferson Highway Association convention held in Carthage, Missouri,  hosted by the Powers Museum with special considerations from the Carthage Convention & Visitors Bureau, Carthage Press and many other volunteers/donors in Carthage, Jasper, Lamar, Webb City and Joplin, Missouri!




Friday's convention activities were held at the Legacy Barn Event Center across from Red Oak II (speakers/workshop link) while other late afternoon and evening events were held on and around the historic Jasper County Square in downtown Carthage.

An early evening car show around the inner parking circle of the courthouse was coordinated by the Southwest Missouri Stang Gang.  Pre-1940 automobiles especially are encouraged to attend as well as any vintage car or other vehicle post-1940. (For more information on the cruise-in, click here.)

Northside of Carthage Courthouse House Square

What do Harry Truman, the Statue of Liberty, Thomas Hart Benton, and Bonnie & Clyde have in common?  They were part of Saturday's Bus Tour which will travel along original alignments of the Jefferson Highway! Our route started with Carthage, Jasper, Boston, and Lamar. After lunch the tour will explored Carterville, Webb City, and Joplin. This section was the path of Missouri's first concrete highways through the tri-state mining district. These Jasper County roads are now signed as the Historic Route 66 Byway but first they served the Ozark Trails and Jefferson Highway prior to federalization of the nation's highways. Roadie Bingo was played on the bus and prizes were  warded. Check out this link for more information and photographs from Saturday's bus tour.

Saturday night's banquet back in Carthage featured James Douglas Clarkson (former general manager of the JH as portrayed by Doug Dickey) presenting the history of good roads and the 365 Day Road Club of Carthage. A silent auction of donated souvenirs, "roadie" books, and other memorabilia was conducted through during this evening event. All proceeds will go to benefit the Jefferson Highway Association and its its work.



Detail from selected blueprints and other archival materials to be displayed at Powers Museum.

General Jefferson Highway Association Information

Jefferson Highway in Carthage

Jefferson Highway Jasper County

Jefferson Highway in the Ozark Playgrounds

Jefferson Highway in the Tri-State Mining District (MO/KS/OK)

Powers Museum Location on Route 66 & Jefferson Highway


THANK YOU to 2016 Convention Planning Committee

Jane Ballard, Prosperity MO

Beth Bazal, Truman Birthplace State Historic Site, Lamar MO

Wendi Douglas, Carthage Convention & Visitors Bureau

John Hacker, Carthage Press

Deborah Harvey, Carthage MO

Marie & Jim McCorkle, Jasper MO

Robin & Greg Wampler, Jasper MO

Michele & Gary Hansford, Carthage MO


Website Credits

Photographs, unless credited othewise, belong to collections of the Powers Museum or to Powers Museum Special Projects Volunteer Michele Hansford who also has provided contemporary photographs of JH sites.

Website Graphics Assistance by Matthew East, Powers Museum Volunteer


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