Memorial dedicated to Joplin tornado victims of 2011

A 17-foot-tall sculpture was dedicated Wednesday to the people who died in the 2011 tornado that ravaged Joplin, Missouri. The Joplin Memorial Run sculpture bears the names of the 161 dead from the EF5 twister. It is located at the Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex at Joplin Avenue and Seventh Street (aka Route … Continue reading Memorial dedicated to Joplin tornado victims of 2011

Structural engineer says Joplin Union Depot’s condition is good

A structural engineer who recently assessed the Joplin Union Depot in Joplin, Missouri, reported that the bones of the long-abandoned building are good. According to the Joplin Globe, Lori Haun, director of the Joplin Downtown Alliance, told the city council the engineer who specializes in restoring historic properties “felt very confident it could be rehabilitated.” … Continue reading Structural engineer says Joplin Union Depot’s condition is good

Half-Corvette in Joplin is being temporarily removed for restoration

The half-Corvette at Seventh and Main streets (aka Route 66) in Joplin, Missouri, that's served as a photo op for about a decade is being temporarily removed for a face-lift. KSN-TV reports: It will be removed sometime during the week after Thanksgiving — repaired, repainted, and re-installed by the local business, Mafia Paint Shop. The … Continue reading Half-Corvette in Joplin is being temporarily removed for restoration

Joplin group awarded a grant to have an engineer assess Union Depot

The Downtown Joplin Alliance recently announced it given was $5,000 from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to pay for an engineer to assess the long-abandoned Union Depot building. According to the Joplin Globe: That engineer’s report will enable the alliance to formulate more targeted marketing aimed at preserving and developing the 110-year-old train station.The … Continue reading Joplin group awarded a grant to have an engineer assess Union Depot

City officials consider plan to draw more visitors to Joplin History and Mineral Museum

City officials in Joplin, Missouri, gave initial approval to PGAV Destinations of St. Louis to examine the Joplin History and Mineral Museum and find ways to make it more attractive to potential visitors. I wouldn't necessarily say the Joplin Globe newspaper buried the lede, but the very last paragraph of its story stuck out: Because … Continue reading City officials consider plan to draw more visitors to Joplin History and Mineral Museum

Missouri panel recommends Boots Court motel to National Register of Historic Places

The Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation on Friday approved the Boots Court motel in Carthage for recommendation to the National Register of Historic Places. The council also recommended the East Town Historic District along an older alignment in Joplin, reported the Joplin Globe. Both recommendations all but assure they will be on the National … Continue reading Missouri panel recommends Boots Court motel to National Register of Historic Places

State Council to consider Boots Court’s nomination to National Register of Historic Places

The Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation will meet in Jefferson City on July 15 to consider whether to nominate the Route 66 landmark Boots Court motel of Carthage, Missouri, to the National Register of Historic Places. Also to be considered will be the East Town neighborhood of Joplin, Missouri, which is bounded by an … Continue reading State Council to consider Boots Court’s nomination to National Register of Historic Places

Schifferdecker Golf Course in Joplin celebrates its 100th anniversary

Members of the community and local golfers marked the 100th anniversary of the Schifferdecker Golf Course along Route 66 on the west side of Joplin, Missouri. The ceremony Wednesday included a ribbon-cutting, speeches, lemonade and free rounds on the par-71, 18-hole, 6,123-yard course, reported the Joplin Globe. An anniversary tournament also was held last Saturday. … Continue reading Schifferdecker Golf Course in Joplin celebrates its 100th anniversary

City of Joplin hires firm to help find a developer for Joplin Union Depot

The City of Joplin, Missouri, has tapped a commercial real-estate firm to help market the century-old Joplin Union Depot with the hope someone can redevelop and renovate it. The city announced the effort Wednesday. The real-estate company, Glenn Group, will work with the Downtown Joplin Alliance through its Endangered Properties Program and the Missouri Department … Continue reading City of Joplin hires firm to help find a developer for Joplin Union Depot

‘Yellow brick road’ marker added to old Route 66 at Kansas-Missouri border

Other than the nearby old State Line Bar, nothing vividly marked the line for Kansas and Missouri on old Route 66 for many years. Until now. The City of Galena, Kansas, and the Joplin Special Road District on Tuesday completed a project on old Route 66 that unmistakably delineates that border. They placed bricks in … Continue reading ‘Yellow brick road’ marker added to old Route 66 at Kansas-Missouri border