Joplin Union Depot makes Missouri Preservation’s Places in Peril list

The 110-year-old Joplin Union Depot in Joplin, Missouri, recently made Missouri Preservation's annual Places in Peril list of endangered historic properties. These places are nominated by concerned individuals and decided upon by a committee of preservation advocates, according to a news release from the organization that has operated since 1976. Joplin Union Depot opened to … Continue reading Joplin Union Depot makes Missouri Preservation’s Places in Peril list

Memorial Hall in Joplin added to National Register of Historic Places

The nearly century-old Memorial Hall in Joplin, Missouri, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, according to a recent email from the National Park Service that administers the program. The listing was effective Oct. 7. Memorial Hall sits one block south of Seventh Street, aka Route 66, in the city. Memorial Hall … Continue reading Memorial Hall in Joplin added to National Register of Historic Places

2021 Great Race will make stops next week in Sapulpa, Joplin, Rolla

The annual Hemmings Motor News Great Race of antique automobiles will wind through northeastern Oklahoma and half of Missouri on Route 66 next week. The event will make a lunch stop at 12:15 p.m. Monday at the Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, and make an overnight stop in downtown Joplin, Missouri, … Continue reading 2021 Great Race will make stops next week in Sapulpa, Joplin, Rolla

New exhibit at Joplin examines Route 66’s impact on culture

A new exhibit at an arts center in Joplin, Missouri, examines the cross-cultural impact of Route 66 from a native of that town. "Route 66: Crossing Cultural Lines," curated by artist and former American Jazz Museum curator Sara Sonié Joi Thompson-Ruffin, will be in the main gallery of the Spiva Center for the Arts in … Continue reading New exhibit at Joplin examines Route 66’s impact on culture

Woody’s Wood-Fire Pizza in Joplin reopens as a much bigger location after fire

Woody's Wood-Fire Pizza, a stalwart along Route 66 on the west side of Joplin, Missouri, recently reopened after a fire a year ago prompted the owners to make big improvements to the restaurant. Wally Kennedy, the business columnist for the Joplin Globe, stated Woody's once was "the tiniest restaurant in Joplin." However, the rebuild by … Continue reading Woody’s Wood-Fire Pizza in Joplin reopens as a much bigger location after fire

Two microbreweries open along Route 66 despite coronavirus disruptions

This past month, two microbreweries have opened along Route 66 despite the economic turmoil and disruptions created by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic -- a sign of hope if there ever was one. Wally Kennedy, a writer at the Joplin Globe, noted that ray of sunshine amid the clouds during a recent column: So when something … Continue reading Two microbreweries open along Route 66 despite coronavirus disruptions

Enlight Inn motel in Joplin renamed Westport Inn

The Enlight Inn, previously the long-closed Westport Lodge motel in Joplin, Missouri, that was renovated and reopened in 2017, recently was renamed the Westport Inn. Wally Kennedy, the business writer for the Joplin Globe newspaper, had the story in his regular column. Kennedy said the Enlight Inn at 3817 N. Main St. (aka Route 66) … Continue reading Enlight Inn motel in Joplin renamed Westport Inn

Joplin Hall of Fame athlete, restaurateur Gary “Cat” Johnson dies

Gary "Cat" Johnson, a former pro basketball player who returned to his hometown of Joplin, Missouri, to briefly open a Southern-cooking restaurant on Route 66, died Tuesday. He was 59. A friend of Cat Johnson's Taste of the South page on Facebook posted this message late Tuesday: According to the Joplin Globe, Johnson led Memorial … Continue reading Joplin Hall of Fame athlete, restaurateur Gary “Cat” Johnson dies

Mother Road Marathon goes on hiatus, perhaps permanently

The group that has organized the Mother Road Marathon that traverses Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri announced Thursday the race will "cease operations" because of declining resources and profits. Tom Rogers, CEO and president of The Twelveone Group that put on the 26.2-mile footrace on Route 66 from Commerce, Oklahoma, to Joplin, Missouri, stated the race's … Continue reading Mother Road Marathon goes on hiatus, perhaps permanently

Joplin CVB to sell off 1920s garage it once considered for visitors center

The Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau stated last week it likely would sell a 1920s-era garage it once considered renovating into a Route 66 visitors center. The city in 2014 purchased the garage at 1109 Broadway (aka Route 66) and several adjoining lots for $18,500. The city spent nearly $5,000 more to repair the structure's … Continue reading Joplin CVB to sell off 1920s garage it once considered for visitors center