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Image: Strange mansions with connecting tunnels and gazebos ‘throne room’

CARTHAGE, Mo. (KTVI) – A pair of Victorian-style mansions in southwestern Missouri caught the attention of Zillow Gone Wild, a Twitter account dedicated to sharing quirky and ostentatious listings of homes.

The homes are located on nearly 13 acres. They have 8 combined bedrooms and 11 bathrooms (10 full, 1 half) on 16,851 square feet.

Realty Executives Tri-States Posted 222 photos with listings, displays of authentic Carthaginian marble, stained and beveled glass, ornate chandeliers and exquisite woodwork. But we suspect those aren’t the late 19th-century architectural touches you’re here to see. The weirdness lies in the details when it comes to this list.

ONE virtual tour of both three-story villas show a safe, as well as a long tunnel connecting the basements of the two houses.

There’s also a full-size caboose stationed on an abandoned railroad track behind a plush gray wagon house on the grounds. The carriage house is an old radio building.

There is also a surrounding brick gazebo containing a wooden throne that appears to have been carved from a large tree that grew through an opening in the floor.

A glance at the library at the beginning of this story reveals more fanfare and quirks.

The eccentric property has quite a bit of history behind it. Dr. John Carter whose original mansion (with a wraparound porch) was built between 1893 and 1896. A veteran of the American Civil War, Carter was both a soldier and a doctor in the Union Army. He moved to Carthage after the war and married.

Carter eventually became the largest landowner in Jasper County, Missouri, with 3,000 acres named after him. Much of that land was given away, and the city named a nearby park in Carter’s honor.

Carter died in 1913 at the age of 79 and the brick mansion was finally repainted.

Decades later, female radio and cable entrepreneurs Ruth I. Kolpin Rubison purchased the Carter Mansion and sought to restore the house. She succeeded in removing the paint and spent the rest of her years in the garage. According to Realty Tri-States execs, she’s been making it look like a train depot since she bought the old caboose and put it behind the building.

Kolpin Rubison passed away in April 2019 at the age of 96.

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JACLYN DIAZ

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