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    • Academy of Our Lady of Mercy

    • Academy of Our Lady of Mercy (Joplin, Mo.); Zelleken, Edward; McAuley High School (Joplin, Mo.); St. Peter's High School (Joplin, Mo.);
    • This proud Italianate mansion began its existence as the dwelling of Edward Zelleken, an early Joplin entrepreneur who dabbled in a little bit of everything-brewing beer, banking, mining, wholesale grocery, to name a few. When he built this 8-room...
    • Airplanes

    • Airplanes--Missouri--Joplin; Biplanes--Missouri--Joplin; Curtiss, Glenn;
    • From back of card: From Joplin, the liveliest town on the map. Keystone Ptg. & Eng. Co. Joplin, Mo. Population 50,000, $750,000 Union Station, 6 railways, 2 electric lines, $1,500,000 lead & zinc monthly, auto equipped fire department, $150,000...
    • Alba Thomas House

    • Architecture, Domestic--Missouri--Joplin; Thomas, Alba B. Thomas Fruit Co.(Joplin, MO)
    • Alba B. Thomas, born in 1865 in Ohio, moved with his family to Carthage where his father operated a flour mill. As a young man, Thomas came to Joplin to work for O'Neall and Kuhn, a commission firm that sold produce to grocers and wholesalers. In...
    • Alderson's Livery and Stable

    • Alderson's Livery and Stable (Joplin, Mo.); Carriages and carts--Missouri--Joplin;
    • In Joplin's early days, four-legged creatures carried people and goods wherever they needed to go. Mules worked hard underground in the mines--some never even saw the light of day. They also pulled heavy wagons laden with lead and zinc ores....
    • American Davy Mine

    • American Davy Mine (Webb City, Mo. Mines and Mineral resources-- Missouri--Joplin; Lead mines and mining--Missouri--Joplin; Zinc mines and mining--Missouri--Joplin;
    • The naming of area mines represents a unique kind of regional folklore in which superstition, egoism, and sentiment played a big role. For instance, one tradition held that no mine named after a woman would be profitable. Although a few mines had...
    • American Laundry Company

    • American Laundry Company (Joplin, Mo.); Business Enterprises--Missouri--Joplin; Advertising postcards;
    • In the early twentieth century, the commercial laundry industry boomed throughout the nation because housewives hated the back-breaking work of home-laundering. They had to boil water on a wood-fired stove and pour it into a large tub. Then they...
    • Baptist and Christian Churches, triple view

    • First Christian Church (Joplin, Mo.); First Baptist Church (Joplin, Mo.); Second Baptist Church (Joplin, Mo.); Churches--Missouri--Joplin;
    • The First Christian Church first organized in Joplin in 1874. A rapid succession of dynamic evangelists swelled the membership, and in 1901 this brick Romanesque Revival church house was constructed for $25,000. It featured beautiful stained glass...
    • Baptist, Presbyterian, and Christian Churches, triple view

    • First Baptist Church (Joplin, Mo.); Presbyterian Church (Joplin, Mo.); First Christian Church (Joplin, Mo.); Churches--Missouri--Joplin;
    • First Baptist Church: A tiny Baptist church consisting of thirteen faithful souls organized in Joplin in April 1889 and met in homes. J.W. Keltner, who had attended the Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, arrived later that year and set...
    • Barbee Park Racetrack

    • Barbee Park Racetrack (Joplin, Mo.); Barbee, Gilbert; Racetracks (Horseracing)--Missouri--Joplin;
    • Today's Joplinites can scarcely imagine the thrilling events that once took place in southwest Joplin from 1872 until 1909. The excitement began in 1872 with the construction of a half-mile racing track. By 1876, the Jockey Club and Fair...
    • Barber Shop

    • Barbershops--Missouri--Joplin; Business enterprises--Missouri--Joplin;
    • The word "barber " comes from the Latin word "barba," meaning beard. Primitive man devised fanciful customs and superstitions about hair, holding barbers in high esteem as medicine men and priests. Many religious ceremonies involved hair-cutting...
    • Bob Cummings, Inc., Motor Hotel, dining room

    • Cummings, Bob; Bob Cummings Inc. Motor Hotel (Joplin, Mo.); Motels--Missouri--Joplin;
    • From back of card: Bob Cummings, Inc. Motor Hotel "Your Hollywood and Joplin host." 3535 Range Line - Joplin, Missouri. At interstate 44 connection to Oklahoma turnpike on highways 71-166 & 66 - restaurant - 2 cocktail lounges - supper club...
    • Bob Cummings, Inc., Motor Hotel, drawing

    • Cummings, Bob; Bob Cummings Inc. Motor Hotel (Joplin, Mo.); Motels--Missouri--Joplin;
    • Bob Cummings, Inc. Motor Hotel 3535 Range Line (site: where John Q. Hammond Blvd. meets Range Line); From back of card: "Your Hollywood and Joplin host." South on U.S. 71-166-66. By-pass to interstate 44 and Oklahoma turnpike - 133 units - new 1962...
    • Bob Cummings, Inc., Motor Hotel, pool

    • Cummings, Bob; Bob Cummings Inc. Motor Hotel (Joplin, Mo.); Motels--Missouri--Joplin;
    • From back of card: Bob Cummings, Inc. Motor Hotel "Your Hollywood and Joplin host." 3535 Range Line - Joplin, Missouri. At interstate 44 connection to Oklahoma turnpike on highways 71-166 & 66 - restaurant - 2 cocktail lounges - supper club...
    • Bob Miller's Restaurant

    • Bob Miller's Restaurant (Joplin, Mo.); United States Highway 66; Restaurants--Missouri--Joplin;
    • Bob Miller operated restaurants in downtown Joplin for the better part of three decades. He started out with Miller's Cafe, at 609 Main in the mid-1930s. After World War II, he opened Bob Miller's Restaurant at 419 Main, where Gladys Stewart had...
    • Brand-Dunwoody Flour Mill

    • Brand-Dunwoody Flour Mill (Joplin, Mo.); Sergeant, W.G. Industries--Missouri--Joplin; Business enterprises--Missouri--Joplin;
    • Pioneer citizen John B. Sergeant built Joplin's first flour mill in 1882. Ten years later, a fire completely destroyed the mill. The intense heat prevented firefighters from getting within 300 feet of the building. According to the News Herald,...
    • Broadway Building

    • Broadway Building (Joplin, Mo.);
    • Located on the southwest corner of Main and Broadway, the Broadway Building, built about 1900, saw its share of human suffering. Just to the east lay the derelict valley known as the Kansas City Bottoms. There lived the homeless and the...
    • Byers Avenue Methodist Church, exterior

    • Byers Avenue Methodist Church (Joplin, Mo.); Churches--Missouri--Joplin;
    • The Byers Avenue Methodist Church formed as an outgrowth of First M.E. Church. It dedicated its Gothic-revival brick building on Thanksgiving Day, 1899. The church, which cost $4,200 to construct, featured a 30-foot tall square towered entry and a...
    • Byers Avenue Methodist Church, interior

    • Byers Avenue Methodist Church (Joplin, Mo.); Churches--Missouri--Joplin;
    • Location: 1730 Byers. Fifty years after its construction, Byers Avenue Methodist Church retains much of its historic flavor, as seen in this mid-century photograph of the sanctuary interior. The outstanding Himmer pipe organ originally cost...
    • Castle Kourts 1

    • Castle Kourts (Joplin, Mo.); United States Highway 66; Motels--Missouri--Joplin;
    • From the back of the card: Pictured below - four of our 24 modern cabins. "We Stopped Here Last Night." Compliments of Castle Kourts. Joplin's newest and finest. All cabins equipped with Simmons beds and Beauty-Rest mattresses, radio, and automatic...
    • Castle Kourts 2

    • Castle Kourts (Joplin, Mo.); United States Highway 66; Motels--Missouri--Joplin;
    • From the back of the card: "We Stopped Here Last Night." A-144; Castle Kourt. 35 cottages. Each with bath and Beauty Rest mattresses. Private garages. Phone 228. Joplin, Missouri. Motor/Tourist Courts of the 1930s through 1950sIn 1926, the federal...
    • Castle Motel

    • Castle Motel (Joplin, Mo.); United States Highway 66; Motels--Missouri--Joplin;
    • From the back of the card: Castle Motel. AAA. Highway U.S. 66 W. - Joplin, Mo. Best Western Motels.; Castle Motel. Fred R. Prioleau, Owner. Phone:1431 - 2403 W. 7th St. Hi-way 66 West - Joplin, Missouri. 40 cottages - air conditioned. Phone and...
    • Castle Rock (colorized)

    • Castle Rock (Joplin, Mo.); Midway Park (Joplin, Mo.); Parks--Missouri--Joplin;
    • The formation later dubbed Castle Rock was well-known to early residents of Jasper County, from the Native Americans to the first white settlers. In fact, long before the town of Joplin existed, pioneer children attended Franklin School near Castle...
    • Castle Rock, with horse and carriage

    • Castle Rock (Joplin, Mo.); Midway Park (Joplin, Mo.); Parks--Missouri--Joplin;
    • The formation later dubbed Castle Rock was well-known to early residents of Jasper County, from the Native Americans to the first white settlers. In fact, long before the town of Joplin existed, pioneer children attended Franklin School near Castle...
    • Central Christian Church

    • Central Christian Church (Joplin, Mo.); Churches--Missouri--Joplin;
    • In January of 1908, the Joplin News Herald announced plans for Central Christian Church to build a new church house for $12,000. On a spring day soon afterward, the ladies of the congregation turned out with shovels in hand for a great photo-op as...
    • Central School

    • Central School (Joplin, Mo.); Schools--Missouri--Joplin;
    • This majestic red brick Gothic-style edifice was once the pride of Joplin. Central School, with its garden-like setting enclosed by a wrought iron fence, cost $16,200 to complete in 1888. Joplin's first senior class of thirteen students graduated...
    • Chat Piles

    • Mines and mineral resources--Missouri--Joplin; Lead mines and mining--Missouri--Joplin; Zinc mines and mining--Missouri--Joplin;
    • For most of a century, mountains of mining waste, known as tailings or "chat," dominated the landscape of the Tri-State District. The mill operations processed lead and zinc ores, crushing and separating them until all that remained was a...
    • Children's Home, with children

    • Children's Home (Joplin, Mo.); Orphanages--Missouri--Joplin; Garstang and Rea; Taylor, John H. Boy's Club (Joplin, Mo.);
    • In the late 19th century, Joplin leaders faced a crisis-what to do about its orphans. With mine-related deaths and high mortality rates from disease and childbirth, many children had no family. In 1899, the Women's Temperance Union began a movement...
    • Christman Building

    • Christman Dry Goods Co.(Joplin, Mo.); Michaelis, August; Michaelis, Alfred; Macy's Department Store (Joplin, Mo.); Retail trade--Missouri--Joplin; Howsman's Office Supply (Joplin, Mo.);
    • In February 1916, Christman Dry Goods Co. announced plans to tear down its 3-story brick building and erect a 5-story one on the same site. The retail business would continue to operate in its Virginia Street annex, which would eventually be...
    • Christman Building, interior view

    • Christman Dry Goods Co.(Joplin, Mo.); Retail trade--Missouri--Joplin; Advertising postcards;
    • Pete Christman and Edmund Bliedung came to Joplin from Dubuque, Iowa in 1890 and opened a dry goods shop at 211 Main. At that time, there were no paved streets, street cars, electric lights, or automobiles. Then Pete's brother Charles came for a...
    • Church of Christ, Scientist

    • Church of Christ, Scientist (Joplin, Mo.); Churches--Missouri--Joplin;
    • The Christian Science Society first organized in Joplin in 1894 with a handful of followers holding services in a private residence. In 1898, eight members, under the leadership of Mr. and Mrs. S.C. Reed, chartered the First Church of Christ,...
    • Churches of Christ, Scientist, double view

    • First Church of Christ, Scientist (Joplin, Mo.); Second Church of Christ, Scientist (Joplin, Mo.); Churches--Missouri--Joplin;
    • In 1879, Mary Baker Eddy founded the Christian Science movement upon the principles of divine healing and the doctrines expressed in the life and teachings of Jesus. The movement sought to reinstate primitive Christianity by restoring the element...
    • Clarketon Hotel

    • Clarketon Hotel (Joplin, Mo.); Hotels--Missouri--Joplin; Michaelis, August; Newman Department Store (Joplin, Mo.);
    • Located a few blocks south of Joplin's core business district, the Clarketon Hotel, named for its manager S.H. Clarke, occupied most of the 700 block of Main on the west side. The original building (shown on the right) was a 3-story stone-faced...
    • Club Theatre

    • Club Theatre (Joplin, Mo.); Joplin Club (Joplin, Mo.); Commercial Club (Joplin, Mo.); Joplin Chamber of Commerce; Theaters--Missouri--Joplin;
    • Back in the 1880s, when Joplin was struggling to improve its image, a group of prominent businessmen joined forces to promote "the progress, growth, and substantial advancement " of the city. The Joplin Club, organized in 1888, began making plans...
    • Coats Tire and Battery Company

    • Coats Tire and Battery Company (Joplin, Mo.); Business Enterprises--Missouri--Joplin; Advertising postcards;
    • The name BF Goodrich is synonymous with the evolution of the tire industry in the United States. In 1870, Dr. Benjamin Franklin Goodrich founded the nation's first rubber company in Akron, Ohio, thus establishing Akron as the Rubber Capital of the...
    • Colony Inn

    • Colony Inn (Joplin, Mo.); Motels--Missouri--Joplin;
    • From back of card: AAA. The Best Western Motels. Colony Inn. 2300 Range Line, Joplin, Mo. on U.S. 71, 166, near entrance to turnpike. Mayfair 4-7800. Spacious, poolside cabana-type rooms - open pit charcoal steak restaurant with rustic piano for...
    • Colony Inn, double view

    • Colony Inn (Joplin, Mo.); Motels--Missouri--Joplin;
    • From back of card: Colony Inn 2300 Range Line 2300 Range Line, Joplin, Mo. on U.S. 71, 166, near entrance to turnpike. Mayfair 4-7800. Spacious, poolside cabana-type rooms - secluded cocktail lounge - piano bar - complete hotel service styled for a...
    • Columbia School, first building

    • Columbia School (Joplin, Mo.); Schools--Missouri--Joplin;
    • Columbia School, also known as Columbian School or North Heights School, served the children of North Heights, the residential district north of A Street. Built in 1892, it was named Columbia in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Christopher...
    • Congregational and Presbyterian Churches, triple view

    • First Presbyterian Church (Joplin, Mo.); First Congregational Church (Joplin, Mo.); Joplin Congregational Church (Joplin, Mo.); Churches--Missouri--Joplin;
    • First Presbyterian Church: Designed by architect August Michaelis, the First Presbyterian Church was under construction from 1900 to 1902. In 1900, the church's annual budget amounted to $3,200, most of which went to pay the salaries of the pastor,...
    • Connor Hotel 1

    • Connor Hotel (Joplin, Mo.); Hotels--Missouri--Joplin; Connor, Thomas;
    • In 1906, Thomas Connor contracted with the Joplin firm of Dieter & Wenzel to build an 8-story steel, concrete, stone, and brick hotel for $350,000. However, when the hotel was completed in the spring of 1908, the total price had soared to $750,000....
    • Connor Hotel 2

    • Connor Hotel (Joplin, Mo.); Hotels--Missouri--Joplin; Connor, Thomas;
    • In 1906, Thomas Connor contracted with the Joplin firm of Dieter & Wenzel to build an 8-story steel, concrete, stone, and brick hotel for $350,000. However, when the hotel was completed in the spring of 1908, the total price had soared to $750,000....
    • Connor Hotel 3

    • Connor Hotel (Joplin, Mo.); Hotels--Missouri--Joplin; Connor, Thomas;
    • In 1906, Thomas Connor contracted with the Joplin firm of Dieter & Wenzel to build an 8-story steel, concrete, stone, and brick hotel for $350,000. However, when the hotel was completed in the spring of 1908, the total price had soared to $750,000....
    • Connor Hotel 4

    • Connor Hotel (Joplin, Mo.); Hotels--Missouri--Joplin; Connor, Thomas;
    • In 1906, Thomas Connor contracted with the Joplin firm of Dieter & Wenzel to build an 8-story steel, concrete, stone, and brick hotel for $350,000. However, when the hotel was completed in the spring of 1908, the total price had soared to $750,000....
    • Connor Hotel, 1960s

    • Connor Hotel (Joplin, Mo.); Hotels--Missouri--Joplin; Vonconor Restaurant (Joplin, Mo.); United States Highway 66;
    • The Connor's reign was inexorably linked to the success of the rail system, a fact confirmed by this Kansas City Southern advertising card. The Union Depot and the Connor Hotel, located less than 3 blocks apart, provided each other with paying...
    • Connor Hotel, advertisement card

    • Connor Hotel (Joplin, Mo.); Hotels--Missouri--Joplin; Southern Belle (train) Kansas City Southern Lines; Alsonett Hotels; United States Highway 66;
    • The Connor's reign was inexorably linked to the success of the rail system, a fact confirmed by this Kansas City Southern advertising card. The Union Depot and the Connor Hotel, located less than 3 blocks apart, provided each other with paying...
    • Connor Hotel, architectural drawing 1

    • Connor Hotel (Joplin, Mo.); Hotels--Missouri--Joplin; Connor, Thomas;
    • These architectural drawings represent the first glimpse citizens had of the lavish New Joplin Hotel being erected at the corner of 4th and Main in 1907. The original plan, which featured a copper-sheathed roof with Victorian dormers, was modified...
    • Connor Hotel, architectural drawing 2

    • Connor Hotel (Joplin, Mo.); Hotels--Missouri--Joplin; Connor, Thomas;
    • These architectural drawings represent the first glimpse citizens had of the lavish New Joplin Hotel being erected at the corner of 4th and Main in 1907. The original plan, which featured a copper-sheathed roof with Victorian dormers, was modified...
    • Connor Hotel, color drawing 1

    • Connor Hotel (Joplin, Mo.); Hotels--Missouri--Joplin; Connor, Thomas; Allen, Austin;
    • These two tinted postcards depict the glory days of the Connor Hotel, then called the Hotel Connor. On August 8, 1912, the new enclosed rooftop garden opened to the public. Architect Austin Allen designed the 9th floor addition so that the rooftop...
    • Connor Hotel, color drawing 2

    • Connor Hotel (Joplin, Mo.); Hotels--Missouri--Joplin; Connor, Thomas; Allen, Austin;
    • These two tinted postcards depict the glory days of the Connor Hotel, then called the Hotel Connor. On August 8, 1912, the new enclosed rooftop garden opened to the public. Architect Austin Allen designed the 9th floor addition so that the rooftop...
    • Connor Hotel, lobby

    • Connor Hotel (Joplin, Mo.); Hotels--Missouri--Joplin; Connor, Thomas;
    • Mere photographs could not possibly do justice to the delights within the Connor Hotel. Holstag and Company of Chicago decorated the interior of the spectacular building. The dazzling lobby featured a crystal chandelier suspended from the rotunda....
    • Connor Hotel, lobby (colorized)

    • Connor Hotel (Joplin, Mo.); Hotels--Missouri--Joplin; Connor, Thomas;
    • Mere photographs could not possibly do justice to the delights within the Connor Hotel. Holstag and Company of Chicago decorated the interior of the spectacular building. The dazzling lobby featured a crystal chandelier suspended from the rotunda....
    • Crystal Cave, bird rock

    • Crystal Cave (Joplin, Mo.); Caves--Missouri--Joplin;
    • According to this postcard's handwritten notations, recorded by mining engineer Richard S. Fitch, the unusual bird-shaped calcite formation stood three to four feet high. Hexagonal in shape, calcite crystals are insoluble in water, which explains...
    • Crystal Cave, corner

    • Crystal Cave (Joplin, Mo.); Caves--Missouri--Joplin;
    • Crystal Cave closed to the public in the 1930s. The pumping of ground-water was discontinued, and the dazzling cave filled with water, never again to be enjoyed by sightseers. In the summer of 1998, however, State of Missouri geologists explored...
    • Crystal Cave, entrance

    • Crystal Cave (Joplin, Mo.); Caves--Misssouri--Joplin;
    • In 1893 a miner named James Roach made an astonishing discovery while digging a mine shaft near west 4th Street. The mining industry's extensive pumping of ground water to allow access to the lead and zinc underground had exposed a cave. Eighty...
    • Crystal Cave, with stairway

    • Crystal Cave (Joplin, Mo.); Caves--Missouri--Joplin;
    • Developers of the tourist attraction constructed a long flight of wood-plank stairs descending between walls of solid limestone into the cave. Illuminated with carbon arc lights, the chamber was ¾ of a block long and ¼ block wide. According to...
    • Crystal Cave, with tourists

    • Crystal Cave (Joplin, Mo.); Caves--Missouri--Joplin;
    • This view shows a large well-dressed family enjoying the amenities of Crystal Cave. Furnished with walkways, stairways, and platforms with seats, the cave provided a great location for club meetings, parties, dances, and other entertainments....
    • Cunningham Park 1

    • Cunningham Park (Joplin, Mo.); Cunningham, Thomas; Parks--Missouri--Joplin;
    • This park's namesake, Thomas Cunningham, contributed enormously to Joplin's development. Born in Jasper County in 1845 decades before Joplin's founding, Cunningham literally became a "jack of all trades." He marched off to Arkansas to volunteer for...
    • Cunningham Park 2

    • Cunningham Park (Joplin, Mo.); Cunningham, Thomas; Parks--Missouri--Joplin;
    • This park's namesake, Thomas Cunningham, contributed enormously to Joplin's development. Born in Jasper County in 1845 decades before Joplin's founding, Cunningham literally became a "jack of all trades." He marched off to Arkansas to volunteer for...
    • Daylight Mine

    • Daylight Mine (Joplin, Mo.); Mines and Mineral resources-- Missouri--Joplin; Lead mines and mining--Missouri--Joplin; Zinc mines and mining--Missouri--Joplin;
    • The naming of area mines represents a unique kind of regional folklore in which superstition, egoism, and sentiment played a big role. For instance, one tradition held that no mine named after a woman would be profitable. Although a few mines had...
    • Dick & John's Bar

    • Dick and John's Bar (Joplin, Mo.); Metsker, Dick; Davenport, John; Bars (Drinking establishments)--Missouri--Joplin;
    • In Joplin's early days, the town had quite a reputation for the abundance of its watering holes, but Prohibition soon ended that. After the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, Joplin's bar-scene once again flourished. John Davenport was one of many...
    • Dutch's Top Hat Cocktail Lounge

    • Ken's Bar (Joplin, Mo.); United States Highway 66; Bars (Drinking establishments)--Missouri--Joplin;
    • Ken's Bar at 2409 W. 7th and Dutch's Top Hat Cocktail Lounge at 1818 W. 7th illustrate how Joplin's nightlife changed after World War II. With Route 66 running through town, taverns and night clubs moved out of the downtown district to the...
    • Eagle-Picher 1

    • Eagle-Picher (Joplin, Mo.); Mines and Mineral resources-- Missouri--Joplin; Lead mines and mining--Missouri--Joplin; Zinc mines and mining--Missouri--Joplin;
    • For decades, Eagle Picher was the largest employer in the district. But to fully appreciate the amazing history of the company, we must follow the different threads that joined together to form it. First we must go back to 1873, when Moffet and...
    • Eagle-Picher 2

    • Eagle-Picher Co.(Joplin, Mo.); Mines and Mineral resources-- Missouri--Joplin; Lead mines and mining--Missouri--Joplin; Zinc mines and mining--Missouri--Joplin;
    • For decades, Eagle Picher was the largest employer in the district. But to fully appreciate the amazing history of the company, we must follow the different threads that joined together to form it. First we must go back to 1873, when Moffet and...
    • Eagle-Picher 3

    • Eagle White Lead Works (Joplin, Mo.); Eagle-Picher Co.(Joplin, Mo.); Mines and Mineral resources-- Missouri--Joplin; Lead mines and mining--Missouri--Joplin; Zinc mines and mining--Missouri--Joplin;
    • For decades, Eagle Picher was the largest employer in the district. But to fully appreciate the amazing history of the company, we must follow the different threads that joined together to form it. First we must go back to 1873, when Moffet and...
    • Eagle-Picher 4

    • Eagle-Picher (Joplin, Mo.); Mines and Mineral resources-- Missouri--Joplin; Lead mines and mining--Missouri--Joplin; Zinc mines and mining--Missouri--Joplin;
    • For decades, Eagle Picher was the largest employer in the district. But to fully appreciate the amazing history of the company, we must follow the different threads that joined together to form it. First we must go back to 1873, when Moffet and...
    • Eagle-Picher 5

    • Eagle-Picher Co.(Joplin, Mo.); Mines and Mineral resources-- Missouri--Joplin; Lead mines and mining--Missouri--Joplin; Zinc mines and mining--Missouri--Joplin;
    • For decades, Eagle Picher was the largest employer in the district. But to fully appreciate the amazing history of the company, we must follow the different threads that joined together to form it. First we must go back to 1873, when Moffet and...
    • Early Joplin motorist

    • Automobiles--Missouri--Joplin;
    • In Joplin's early days, four-legged creatures carried people and goods wherever they needed to go. Mules worked hard underground in the mines--some never even saw the light of day. They also pulled heavy wagons laden with lead and zinc ores....
    • East 7th Street Kourts

    • East 7th St. Kourts (Joplin, Mo.); United States Highway 66; Motels--Missouri--Joplin;
    • From the back of the card: East 7th St. Kourts. Individual air conditioning. Individual furnace heat. Clean, comfortable, convenient. On Highway 66 and 166 - 1902 E. 7th St. Phone 9563 - Joplin, Mo. 12,927F. Motor/Tourist Courts of the 1930s...
    • East 7th Street Motel

    • East 7th St. Motel (Joplin, Mo.); United States Highway 66; Motels--Missouri--Joplin;
    • From the back of the card: East 7th Street Motel, 1902 East 7th Street. Highways 66 and 166 - Joplin, Missouri.; Seventeen units (17) Family rates, air-conditioned, automatic heat, thermomatic controlled, shower and tub bath, radio & television....
    • Electrical Mines

    • Electrical Mine (Webb City, Mo. Mines and Mineral resources-- Missouri--Joplin; Lead mines and mining--Missouri--Joplin; Zinc mines and mining--Missouri--Joplin;
    • The mining industry came of age in the early twentieth century after electrical power superseded steam-powered machinery. About the same time electricity came into common usage, natural gas was discovered in southeastern Kansas. Both electricity...
    • Elks Lodge

    • Elks Club (Joplin, Mo.); Fraternal Organizations--Missouri--Joplin; Allen, Austin;
    • The Joplin Elks Club certainly knew how to throw a party. In 1899, the group held its first street fair, a week-long extravaganza that packed the major thoroughfares with thousands upon thousands of people. Describing it as the biggest day that...
    • Elms Motel

    • Elms Motel (Joplin, Mo.); United States Highway 66; Motels--Missouri--Joplin;
    • From the back of the card: Elms Motel; AAA. The Elms Motel - Newest and finest in Joplin. 25 beautiful fireproof cottages. Wall to wall carpeting, tile showers, free radios, vented wall heaters, individual telephones, some units air-conditioned....
    • Federal Building 1

    • Federal Building (Joplin, Mo.); Post Office (Joplin, Mo.); Post offices--Missouri--Joplin; Taylor, James Knox;
    • At the dawn of the 20th century, Joplin proudly proclaims its evolution from a sparsely-populated farming settlement to a rough mining camp to a cosmopolitan city. Nothing illustrates that better than this first postcard, which contrasts Joplin's...
    • Federal Building 2

    • Federal Building (Joplin, Mo.); Post Office (Joplin, Mo.); Post offices--Missouri--Joplin; Taylor, James Knox;
    • At the dawn of the 20th century, Joplin proudly proclaims its evolution from a sparsely-populated farming settlement to a rough mining camp to a cosmopolitan city. Nothing illustrates that better than this first postcard, which contrasts Joplin's...
    • Federal Building 4

    • Federal Building (Joplin, Mo.); Post Office (Joplin, Mo.); Post offices--Missouri--Joplin; Taylor, James Knox;
    • At the dawn of the 20th century, Joplin proudly proclaims its evolution from a sparsely-populated farming settlement to a rough mining camp to a cosmopolitan city. Nothing illustrates that better than this first postcard, which contrasts Joplin's...
    • Federal Building, aerial view

    • Federal Building (Joplin, Mo.); Post Office (Joplin, Mo.); Post offices--Missouri--Joplin; Taylor, James Knox; Lyric Park (Joplin, Mo.);
    • The photographer focuses his camera northwesterly from a window in the Connor Hotel at the northwest corner of 4th & Main. The prominent structure on the lower left is the Federal Building/Post Office. To the right is Lyric Park, an open-air summer...
    • Federal Building, with addition (colorized)

    • Federal Building (Joplin, Mo.); Post Office (Joplin, Mo.); Post offices--Missouri--Joplin; Taylor, James Knox; Economic Security Corporation (Joplin, Mo.);
    • As these two cards from the 1940s illustrate, the Federal Building has doubled in size since its 1903-1904 construction. The new addition, completed in 1936 utilizing $150,000 in W.P.A. funding, brought the total square footage to 36,228. The...
    • Fenix Ultra Modern Court

    • Fenix Ultra Modern Court (Joplin, Mo.); United States Highway 66; Motels--Missouri--Joplin;
    • From the back of the card: Fenix Ultra Modern Court. Carrier air-conditioned. Rates $2.50 up. "Joplin's Newest and Finest Tourist Court " Fenix Ultra Modern Court, Joplin, Missouri. North and east of Main St. on U.S. Highways 66 & 71. The...
    • Fifth Street, looking east from Moffet Avenue

    • Fifth Street (Joplin, Mo.); Architecture, Domestic--Missouri--Joplin;
    • Of the numbered streets, 5th Street was home to several fine edifices, such as the one barely visible to the left. This brick and stone turreted masterpiece was built in 1899 for G.W. Keller, who was in the bakery business. It was designed by T.R....
    • First Baptist Church, first building

    • First Baptist Church (Joplin, Mo.); Churches--Missouri--Joplin;
    • A tiny Baptist church consisting of thirteen faithful souls organized in Joplin in April 1889 and met in homes. J.W. Keltner, who had attended the Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, arrived later that year and set to work building up the...
    • First Baptist Church, second building

    • First Baptist Church (Joplin, Mo.); Churches--Missouri--Joplin;
    • In 1925, the First Baptist Church demolished its 1893 home and met in the YMCA at 510 Wall during construction of this new $68,500 church at 633 Pearl. Completed in April 1926, the large brick building could accommodate 1200 people in its...
    • First Christian Church

    • First Christian Church (Joplin, Mo.); Churches--Missouri--Joplin;
    • The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) first organized in Joplin in 1874. A rapid succession of dynamic evangelists swelled the membership, and in 1901 this brick Romanesque Revival church house was constructed for $25,000. It featured...
    • First Methodist Church

    • First Methodist Church (Joplin, Mo.); Churches--Missouri--Joplin; Garstang & Rea;
    • In 1927, the two-story limestone education wing visible on the left side of the church was added for a cost of $30,000. By the time this postcard was published in 1947, the tower on the left had already lost its spire. On May 26, 1963, lightning...
    • First Methodist Church, with lawn

    • First Methodist Church (Joplin, Mo.); Churches--Missouri--Joplin; Garstang & Rea;
    • Methodist roots go down deep in Joplin. In fact, it was the itinerant Methodist minister, Harris Joplin, for whom the town was eventually named. Reverend Joplin organized the first Methodist Society in 1839 and conducted services in his log cabin...
    • First National Bank, 402 Main Street

    • First National Bank (Joplin, Mo.); Banks--Missouri--Joplin;
    • The history of the First National Bank of Joplin is so complicated with moves, name changes, and mergers that it makes one's head spin. Perhaps a timeline will help clarify the matter. 1882: Thomas Cunningham established the Bank of Joplin at 405...
    • First National Bank, 522 Main Street

    • First National Bank (Joplin, Mo.); Banks--Missouri--Joplin;
    • The history of the First National Bank of Joplin is so complicated with moves, name changes, and mergers that it makes one's head spin. Perhaps a timeline will help clarify the matter. 1882: Thomas Cunningham established the Bank of Joplin at 405...
    • First Presbyterian Church, first building

    • First Presbyterian Church (Joplin, Mo.); Churches--Missouri--Joplin;
    • Designed by architect August Michaelis, the First Presbyterian Church was under construction from 1900 to 1902. In 1900, the church's annual budget amounted to $3,200, most of which went to pay the salaries of the pastor, choir leader, and...
    • First Presbyterian Church, organ

    • First Presbyterian Church (Joplin, Mo.); Churches--Missouri--Joplin;
    • The auditorium of the First Presbyterian Church seated 500 people, while the balconies accommodated another 400. This photograph shows the sanctuary shortly before the building was demolished. Church members kept some of the curved pews and pieces...
    • First Presbyterian Church, second building

    • First Presbyterian Church (Joplin, Mo.); Churches--Missouri--Joplin;
    • After the disastrous 1923 fire destroyed the original Presbyterian Church built on this site, church members met in the YWCA around the corner at 510 Wall. Architect A.A. Honeywell of Indianapolis designed the new structure, which was similar in...
    • First Presbyterian Church, windows

    • First Presbyterian Church (Joplin, Mo.); Churches--Missouri--Joplin;
    • The triple stained glass window depicting Jesus as the light of the world was installed with great ceremony in 1924. Forty-eight years later, its style is deemed unsuitable for the less decorative Colonial style selected for the new structure. One...
    • First Street Viaduct

    • First Street Viaduct (Joplin, Mo.); Southwest Missouri Railroad Company (Joplin, Mo.);
    • Built in 1914, the First Street Viaduct deserved the accolades it received. The Joplin News Herald called the beautiful expanse "Joplin's promenade." The two-lane bridge originally accommodated pedestrian, motor vehicle, and streetcar traffic....
    • First Street Viaduct, close view

    • First Street Viaduct (Joplin, Mo.);
    • Built in 1914, the First Street Viaduct deserved the accolades it received. The Joplin News Herald called the beautiful expanse "Joplin's promenade." The two-lane bridge originally accommodated pedestrian, motor vehicle, and streetcar traffic....
    • Fleischaker's Stores

    • Fleischaker's Stores (Joplin, Mo.); Business Enterprises--Missouri--Joplin; Retail trade--Missouri--Joplin; Advertising postcards;
    • On back of card: Dear Friend: This "live model photo " represents one of the exclusive suits that so highly won favor at The Art Tailoring Style Show. Your personal inspection is courteously invited. Yours very truly, Fleischaker's. When Hays and...
    • Flying over Joplin, novelty card

    • Souvenirs (Keepsakes)--Missouri--Joplin;
    • The novelty card represents a genre of items available at photography studios and amusement parks all over the United States. Folks posed for a custom photograph with a variety of props then mailed their cutesy souvenir to friends and family. The...
    • Forney Hotel

    • Forney Hotel (Joplin, Mo. ); Hotels--Missouri--Joplin; Mallory Apartments (Joplin, Mo.);
    • The Forney Hotel didn't have the razzmatazz of Joplin's swanky hotels, but it remained a downtown fixture for over half a century. Samuel Forney built a two story wood-frame boarding house sometime around 1890. Early photographs depict a...
    • Fourth Street Looking East 1

    • Fourth Street (Joplin, Mo.)
    • The first photograph was taken just before the Connor Hotel was erected at 4th and Main, catty-cornered from the Keystone Hotel. Miner's Bank has just opened in 1905 at the northwest corner of 4th & Joplin across from the Club Theatre. In the right...
    • Fourth Street Looking East 2

    • Fourth Street (Joplin, Mo.)
    • The first photograph was taken just before the Connor Hotel was erected at 4th and Main, catty-cornered from the Keystone Hotel. Miner's Bank has just opened in 1905 at the northwest corner of 4th & Joplin across from the Club Theatre. In the right...
    • Fourth Street Looking East 3

    • Fourth Street (Joplin, Mo.);
    • The first photograph was taken just before the Connor Hotel was erected at 4th and Main, catty-cornered from the Keystone Hotel. Miner's Bank has just opened in 1905 at the northwest corner of 4th & Joplin across from the Club Theatre. In the right...
    • Fourth Street Looking East 4

    • Fourth Street (Joplin, Mo.);
    • The first photograph was taken just before the Connor Hotel was erected at 4th and Main, catty-cornered from the Keystone Hotel. Miner's Bank has just opened in 1905 at the northwest corner of 4th & Joplin across from the Club Theatre. In the right...
    • Fourth Street Looking West from Joplin St.

    • Fourth Street (Joplin, Mo.);
    • The first two panoramic views looking west on 4th street were taken from an upper floor of the Keystone Hotel (southeast corner 4th & Main) about 1907. The Cunningham Building (the large building on the left side of the street) housing Conqueror...
    • Fourth Street Looking West, 100 block 1

    • Fourth Street (Joplin, Mo.);
    • Looking west, we see Joplin's two finest hotels, the spectacular Connor Hotel (8-story building on the right), which opened in April that year, and the Keystone, with its fancy cupolas and an annex extending to Virginia Ave. on the left. Also on...

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