City of Carthage

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PLEASE NOTE:  WE DO NOT TAKE RESERVATIONS FOR CAMPING.  CAMPING IS ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS.
News and Events
Strawbale Days

Carthage Strawbale Days is traditionally the first weekend in August each year.  Check the calendar for more information.

Community Play

The Community play is traditionally the first weekend in March each year.  Some of the local citizens will entertain you with a play or melodrama.  Following each performance there is free pie and ice cream.  Free will donations are appreciated and proceeds from the play go toward community projects.  This event is usually sponsored by the Carthage Improvement Association.  Check the calendar for more information.

Clean up Day

Clean up day is traditionally the first Saturday in May.  Check the calendar for more information.

September 21, 2007

The movie "Into the Wild" based on the book by Jon Krakauer and adapted and filmed by actor/director Sean Penn was premired at the Aberdeen film festival on September 21, 2007.  Segments of the movie were filmed in Carthage in June and July of 2006.  Into the Wild opened in theaters nationwide on October 5, 2007.


Coughlin Sign and other Historical Signs Placed in Carthage 
 
Four historical signs were placed in Carthage. The main sign is on the south edge of Carthage. This sign tells about Charles L. Coughlin. The second sign was placed in front of the Coughlin family home on Main Street. The third sign was placed at the site of the future straw bale museum and the fourth sign is located next to the remains of the Carthage Roller Mill east of the railroad tracks. 
 
Carthage is the birthplace of Charles L. Coughlin. He was born in Carthage on Nov. 10, 1885 and received a degree in engineering from South Dakota State University in 1909. Coughlin ultimately became president of Briggs & Stratton Corporation. He also donated the funds to construct the campanile at SDSU in 1929. Coughlin died in 1972. Coughlin's mother and father, James and Ellen, moved to Carthage in 1883 from Kansas. One year later, Coughlin's older brother, Carthage James Coughlin, was the first child born in the town. So Frank Ward, the city's founder, gave the Coughlin family a town lot. A 13-room house was built there and still stands today operating as the Coughlin House Inn.


CARTHAGE IS....
You might wonder how such a small town can be so many things. Carthage is a home, a haven, a piece of history. Whether you want to temporarily escape the stresses of life, or you want to permanently settle in an area where you can feel secure and achieve a quality way of life,  
Carthage is for you. 

 
A COMMUNITY
Carthage is more than a place where people live; it is a community, where neighbors know and care about one another, where residents can feel safe and secure, and where a quality way of life can be achieved.
A VACATION
Whether you are just looking for a few hours of relaxation, an activity for the whole family, or a weekend getaway, Carthage has a variety of affordable entertainment to offer.
HISTORIC
During its existence, which spans more than a century, Carthage has both suffered and prospered, but it still remains a town whose people have grit and spirit and whose dictum is "Carthage is here to stay".
FOR YOU
Carthage is many things for many people for many reasons. See why others have chosen Carthage as their place to live, work, and relax.
Contact
Mayor:  David Hattervig
Council Member Ward 1:  Fritz Rusher
Council Member Ward 1:  Norbert Moldan
Council Member Ward 2:  Melanie Hamilton
Council Member Ward 2: Darla Rowcliffe
Council Member Ward 3:  David Van Asperen
Council Member Ward 3:  Tim Nelson
City Finance Officer:  Kathy Faber
Please note that we do not take reservations for camping at the lake or the park.  camping is on a first come first served basis.  The only exception is that you can reserve the entire park if you pay 2 weeks in advance for all of the spots.  Contact the city if you wish to do that.
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CONTACT INFO

carthagecity@alliancecom.net

605-772-4472

PO Box 151
Carthage, SD  57323


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