A new “Welcome to Carthage” monument approved by the City Council of Carthage, Mo., will include a Route 66 shield as part of its design, reported the Carthage Press.
It will be more than a sign. It will be a plastic, stone and fiberglass creation, featuring the Route 66 shield carved on a boulder and a big maple leaf — a symbol of the city — as part of its design by local artist Rachel Wilson.
Councilors approved spending $11,500 for it.
It’s envisioned as more than just a welcome sign. Quoting Carthage Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Director Wendi Douglas, the newspaper reported:
“With social networking the way it is now,” she said, “we’ll have a spot where people can take pictures and instantly market our community to the world.”
A bank agreed to allow the stone on its property along Garrison Street (aka Route 66) between Third and Fourth streets. The site, next to a sidewalk, also will make it easily accessible for tourists to create a photo-op.