You can win a T-shirt and $150 cash by participating in the October History Hunt.

HISTORY HUNT HINT #5, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2023:First featuring “The Beautiful Blond from Bashful Bend” in 1949, this building still has the neon lights burning bright! Take your picture where live country music, community theater, and film festivals are just a few of the great events that currently happen here.

HISTORY HUNT HINT #4, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2023:
This two-story brick building, originally owned by Panola County, opened in 1950. Dr. Glen R. Johnson was a longtime physician there. There have since been major expansions and renovations, including a large one in 1992. If you want, take a break at the gazebo while snapping your picture!
HISTORY HUNT HINT #1, MONDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2023:Take a stroll around this memorial wall and find the sergeant who gallantly led his company and then became the first Medal of Honor recipient born in Carthage. Take your picture with his plaque.HISTORY HUNT HINT #3, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2023:People in town bartered for chickens and donkeys at these four frame buildings on the square. After burning down 120 years ago, it was rebuilt with brick. Two of the original brick buildings are still standing today. Make sure to turn your toes North to find this location, and then take your picture with any of what was previously known as Chicken Row in the background.
HISTORY HUNT HINT #2, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2023:In 1848, Panola County commissioners selected a site at the county's geographic center as the permanent county seat. Jonathan Anderson, who owned the proposed site, agreed to donate 100 acres for the town. Spearman Holland is credited with naming the community in honor of Carthage, Mississippi. The first courthouse, made of peeled pine logs and financed by the sale of town lots, was completed in August of the same year. The log courthouse was used until 1853, when a brick structure was built. The courthouse soon became overcrowded, and a third courthouse, built in Gothic style, was completed in 1885. The 1885 courthouse (a twin to Shelby County’s courthouse) was replaced with the 1953 structure in use today. The Gothic-style courthouse was auctioned for materials and a park was made of the courthouse lawn. Since you can’t photograph yourself in any of the first three courthouses, pose for a picture where they used to stand near a round open structure where you can sit in the shade watching the traffic go round.

HISTORY HUNT HINT #1, MONDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2023:Take a stroll around this memorial wall and find the sergeant who gallantly led his company and then became the first Medal of Honor recipient born in Carthage. Take your picture with his plaque.HISTORY HUNT HINT #4, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2023:
This beautiful historic home that was built during the Arts & Crafts Movement of the early 1900s, a movement that sparked a renaissance of people wanting handmade and handcrafted things not done through mills, served as the original site for the Tex Ritter Museum from 1992-2003. Today, you can take your picture outside any time or inside Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and get all kinds of helpful local information.

HISTORY HUNT HINT #3, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2023:
Originally hosting seven beds and two baths upstairs, the Grimes Boarding House was open from 1938 to the mid-sixties. You can take your picture with this corner historic building now owned by the “2022 Best Home Builder in Panola County.”

HISTORY HUNT HINT #2, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2023:
You can’t do any shopping at Birdwell’s Department Store in this location anymore, but you can find a park there where you can take your picture; the first woman elected to the Texas State Senate (in 1926) also sits there daily.

HISTORY HUNT HINT #1, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2023
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You can’t take a picture of yourself in front of the Vandergriff Hotel because it burned down when a truck loaded with 8,200 gallons of butane exploded near it on Tuesday, October 29, 1968; but you CAN take a picture of yourself in front of the bank that now occupies that spot.

You can win a T-shirt and $50 cash by participating in the History Hunt.
EVERYONE who answers all five hints correctly with a posted photo on your page, Hint Number & Date, and "CarthageTexas175" tagged before noon the following Saturday earns entry into the drawing for the Grand Prize of two tickets to the 175th Gala Ball

HISTORY HUNT HINT #5, FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 2023:
Weary travelers and fresh-faced visitors alike can take a respite here. It may be tough to get more than a large foot in your selfie picture, but the prints are easy to see. If needed, He will carry you.

HISTORY HUNT HINT #4, THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 2023:
Created in 1998, this building officially opened in 2002. Take a step back in time to relive great moments in country music history. While there, do not forget to choose a song on the jukebox and visit the replica 1930s theater marque. Take a picture of yourself out front or inside!

HISTORY HUNT HINT #3, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2023
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Originally built in 1903, First National Bank left a safe behind in this corner building that currently offers a different kind of personal deposit. Take your picture with the building or the safe!

HISTORY HUNT HINT #2, TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2023
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You don’t have to play a tune, but you can take a picture of yourself in front of the building where you could find C. G. Bowie teaching students to do so on multiple instruments in the 1970s -1980s, but where today it holds meetings of a different kind.

HISTORY HUNT HINT #1, MONDAY, AUGUST 14, 2023
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In 1949, the Panola County Judge signed a 99-year lease to the Texas National Guard Armory for this building. It held tanks and half-tracks, and you could see the cannon displayed by the flagpole. The lease was released early in 2001. Since 2013, this 14,200 square foot facility has housed over 50,000 books, videos, and audio. Take your picture there, inside, or outside!

July - Winner Clara Jones
HISTORY HUNT HINT #5, FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2023:
In July of 1849, a United States Post Office was established in Carthage; William Powers served as the first postmaster. You could not send or receive mail on Wellington Street then, like you can today, because the first post office was closer to the center of town commerce at the time. Take a picture of yourself in that original location where you can get help planning a trip today.

HISTORY HUNT #4, JULY 13, 2023
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On the road to Turner Junior High of the 1970s, this is a place where you may rest on one of the park benches. Take a picture of yourself there today where, while there, you may read a good novel or a children’s book, or view memorials of educators from the 1950s thru 1970. One of the seating monuments is dedicated to one who patrolled outside of Carthage city limits making sure our county was safe.

HISTORY HUNT HINT #3, WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2023:
Make History: Take a picture of yourself in front of or in a current Carthage small business where you like to shop!

HISTORY HUNT HINT #2, TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2023:
For sixty-two years, visitors were under lock and key. Twenty-eight years later, all can come to visit, so take a picture of yourself with this Historical Landmark on the National Register of Historic Places, a Landmark of State Antiquities.

HISTORY HUNT HINT #1, MONDAY, JULY 10, 2023
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You can’t take a swim in this watering hole where kids and adults would visit, play, and dive from the 1940s-2006 because now it’s “covered,” but nearby you can smile in a picture with the more recent place to splash in the background.
JUNE - Winner Clara Jones
HISTORY HUNT HINT #5, FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 2023:
Do you remember Son Walker Grocery, O.&D. Grocery, Lacy Grocery, Keeling’s Grocery, Hawthorn Dry Goods, Perry Brothers, U-Save, Save-A-Lot, Ben Franklin, Piggly Wiggly, or Winn Dixie? These spots supplied shopping in various locations through the years. In November 1983, an all-inclusive store opened on the outskirts of town to supply groceries, dry goods, & five-and-dime needs. Then, in the Fall of 2011, they built a bigger store on the loop. Take your picture in front of the well-known chain’s original Carthage location where you can still buy an assortment of bargains and get something to eat.

HISTORY HUNT HINT #4, THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 2023:
You can still take your picture in front of this building even though the café has been long gone. Visitors have enjoyed many different types of dining in that same spot over the years, while always referring to it with the name as they remembered it, like the line waiting outside to get in for lunch on Sundays after church. Today you cannot get a cup of “joe” there because it is waiting for its next opportunity to serve Carthage, but you can probably find someone who will enjoy remembering the café’s food with you!


HISTORY HUNT HINT #3, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 2023:
Ladies love a big diamond, but to get a picture with this one, you may have to hit or kick in order to get home. You can find it in an area whose name’s sake is a commissioner who answered the “beck”oning call to serve the city of Carthage for decades beginning in the 1980s, as well as being elected Mayor Pro Tem in 1984.

HISTORY HUNT HINT #2, TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 2023:
The 1895 Lacy Opera House showed the first silent movies in town. Later, the second-floor entertainment hall turned into a hotel, and the building eventually became Williams Furniture. Take a picture there where the first floor of the Opera House now has a new and updated “Aesthetic” and is a “COR” part of downtown.

HISTORY HUNT HINT #1, MONDAY, JUNE 5, 2023:
Take a picture of yourself anywhere on this campus that was built in 1949 where the Panola County Livestock Barn used to be located because it was so far out of town.

MAY - Winner Drew Pitts

HISTORY HUNT HINT #5, FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2023:
MAKE history: take a picture of yourself in front of a current local business that offers a sweet treat! Not required, but go ahead and enjoy one of those sweet treats in the picture!

HISTORY HUNT HINT #4, THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2023:
The oldest civic club in Panola County paved the sidewalk to the first public restroom.  However, no public bathrooms are open at this time on this “violet” corner. Take your picture with the plaque marking this significant bit of Carthage history.

HISTORY HUNT HINT #3, WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 2023:
During segregation through the mid-1960s, many African Americans owned businesses such as a dry cleaner, a café, a barber shop, in the area which was called Colored Town past the old Western Auto Building. Take a picture of this area near where you can now get your pet pampered.

HISTORY HUNT HINT #2, TUESDAY, MAY 9, 2023:
Several local businesses now occupy the building known as the Beaty Hotel in the 1920s and 1930s. Take a picture from this building’s side parking lot or in front of any of the “pure and simple” businesses now housed there.

HISTORY HUNT HINT #1, MONDAY, MAY 8, 2023:
Bob Harness sculpted 100 miniature replicas of this 8-foot statue. Take a picture of yourself there where the yucca plants and bronze plates honoring those that contributed to the creation of this beauty surround this famous man of music and his horse.

APRIL - Winner Brandi Hubbard Pitts
HISTORY HUNT HINT #5, FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 2023:
No matter where you were eventually headed in the 1960s, you would drive down the main drag in town, circle Weber's Root Beer Drive-in, go circle the square, and come back again.  If somebody wanted to visit or wanted to be found, parking at Weber's & ordering a DP, which would be delivered by the carhops, was outta sight. The popular spot got a name change, but there were still car hops and no designated parking spaces so that drivers just wedged a car in wherever it could fit! Good pop music was always going, and a hamburger was 45 cents. You can’t get anything yummy to eat there today, but you can still take your picture in that spot where you drive-in and thru and use a few coins. 

HISTORY HUNT HINT #4, THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2023:
Today’s airport is outside the Carthage city limits. The local airport from the 1940s was also outside the Carthage city limits, but to take your picture with the street sign marking that earlier airport, you must be IN the city limits.

HISTORY HUNT HINT #3, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 2023:
You can no longer drive-thru this location for their famous corn nuggets like you could in the 1980s and 1990s, but you can take a picture of yourself in the same location where you can still drive-thru.

HISTORY HUNT HINT #2, TUESDAY, APRIL 4,2023:
Ben H. Williams and Travis W. Williams were awarded the contract to clear the right of way for US Highway 59 from Murvaul Creek to the Shelby County line in the 1930s. Take a picture with the very piece of equipment, purchased from a known oval company by their father Thomas Woolsy Williams in 1926 and later refurbished by Tyson, used to accomplish this contract. You can find it off the square behind a previous bank where today you can make a deposit into your hungry belly.

HISTORY HUNT HINT #1, MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2023:
Take a stroll through a downtown park and take a picture of yourself face to face with a lady who was raised in Carthage and became the first person from Panola County to graduate from Harvard Medical School (1951); she was the first woman to graduate in surgery from Harvard Medical School and the first woman to become a member of the Boston Surgical Society