CARTHAGE, Mo. (KTVI) – A pair of Victorian-style mansions in southwest Missouri have caught the eye of Zillow gone wild, a Twitter account dedicated to sharing weird and ostentatious real estate ads.
The homes are located on nearly 13 acres. They have a combined 8 bedroom and 11 bath (10 full, 1 half) over 16,851 square feet.
Realty Executives Tri-States posted 222 photos with the list, showcasing authentic Carthage marble, stained glass and beveled glass, ornate chandeliers, and intricate woodwork. But we suspect that it is not the architectural features of the late 19th century that you are here to see. The quirks are in the details when it comes to this list.
A virtual tour of the two three-story mansions shows that there is a safe, as well as a long tunnel connecting the basements of the two houses.
There’s also a full-size caboose parked on abandoned train tracks behind a modest gray shed on the property. The shed was a former radio station building.
Additionally, there is an enclosed brick gazebo containing a wooden throne that appears to have been carved out of a large tree growing through an exposed opening in the ground.
As you browse the gallery at the top of this story, you will discover more ostentatious and original touches.
The quirky property has a bit of history behind it. Dr John Carter had the original mansion (with the wraparound porch) built between 1893 and 1896. A Civil War veteran, Carter served as both a soldier and a medic in the Union Army. He moved to Carthage after the war and got married.
Carter eventually became the largest landowner in Jasper County, Missouri, with 3,000 acres to his name. Much of this land was ceded, and the city named a nearby park in Carter’s honor.
Carter died in 1913 at age 79, and the brick mansion was eventually repainted.
Several decades later, cable and radio businesswoman Ruth I. Kolpin Rubison purchased the Carter Mansion and sought to restore the house. She managed to have the paint removed and lived out her last years in the shed. According to Realty Executives Tri-States, she’s made it look like a train depot ever since she bought the old caboose and placed it behind the building.
Kolpin Rubison died in April 2019 at the age of 96.