The plat of the town was surveyed and recorded in 1875 and in 1877 the city became an incorporated town. The rich mining ground and rapid growth of the city made this necessary. In 1882, the city was incorporated as a city of the fourth-class with elected officials. Carterville then contained three dry goods and clothing stores, three boot and shoe stores, three drug stores, seven grocery stores, one hardware store, a barber shop, machine shop, three saloons, three blacksmiths; two livery stables, three lunch-rooms, three boarding houses, three hotels, a real estate office, two attorneys, four doctors, one newspaper, two churches, excellent schools, and three railroads with depots in or near the city limits.
Carterville schools were always highly rated and in 1963 a new high school was built but was later the city’s elementary school when the school district was merged with Webb City in 1968. In 1963 the city also received a new and modern U.S. Post Office under the direction of then postmaster Emmett O. Griffin. The Landreth and Griffin families had long histories in the city with many generations growing up here. Other family names with great histories can be found on the names of the streets in town: Fountain, Cass, Kane, Lewis, Bulger and Daughtery, to name a few.
Today Carterville still boasts a bustling city with several small business, a telephone company, a grocery store, two gas station/mini marts, several churches, a saddle shop, “a Route 66” store, and a diner all operate in the city. The city has a highly rated volunteer fire department. A new city hall houses a well organized city administration under the leadership of Mayor Dale Davenport. All the above gives Carterville a proud citizenship, growing population, and great heritage and history to continue into the twenty-first century.