A 1949 Nash Airflyte 600 is parked in front of the 1920s Cottage-styled Phillips 66 service station at Red Oak II.
Red Oak II, Missoura, spelled with an "a" not an "i', was the artistic vision of nostalgic Americana artist Lowell Davis (1937-2020). He is sometimes called the "Norman Rockwell of Rural Art" since much of his artwork reflects what it was like to grow up in rural America along Route 66 during its heyday. While he is best known for his farm animal figurines, he also painted, sculpted, and created metal work.
Mr. Davis was saddened that the small rural Missouri Ozark communities of his youth, like his hometown of Red Oak, were becoming ghost towns. So he began collecting old buildings and moving them out to his farm, Foxfire, to restore.
What started as a few buildings in the middle of a cornfield eventually turned into a quaint and colorful early 1900s utopian village. So much more than just a collection of pretty empty buildings; it is a living museum and art exhibit with inhabited homes scattered throughout the town. The residents of Red Oak II are also adding to the collection, with more buildings, old cars, farm equipment, and even airplanes. Peppered throughout the village are some of Lowell Davis's metal art and paintings.
A Mother Road attraction, Red Oak II, is located northeast of Carthage, Missouri. A visit to Red Oak II feels like a walk through the past in a village frozen in time. I thought maybe I had simultaneously died, gone to heaven, and found "my people", it's that good! LOL
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June 8th, 2022
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