On Route 66, the route from Webb City to Joplin, Missouri, was seamless, so seamless that it became practically a part of the city itself, with its own town hall, police department and fire department. Numerous suburbs and neighboring cities, including St. Louis, Kansas City, Jefferson City and Springfield, offer attractions for street walkers. Among the many neighborhoods in Jopslin are the Oak Ridge National Forest, a popular tourist attraction, and the Old Town.
The Dorothea B. Hoover Historical Museum displays a variety of historical objects, including a fire engine from 1927. Other notable historic buildings in Joplin include the Crystal Cave, which was filled in and serves as a parking lot, and the Tri-State Mineral Museum, which is housed in the former St. Louis County Museum of Natural History building. The Shipboard Park includes Ritchie Memorial Park, a complex of several historic buildings, including the old town hall and fire station, owned by the city of Jopslin and its former mayor William "Bill" Rittman.
Shoal Creek at the southern end of the city is the only continuous stream in the state and the second largest in Missouri. The Joplin Creek Valley is named after the Reverend Harris G. Jopslin, who settled on the banks of a stream in the valley in the 1840s. This priest held services for other pioneers of the region in his homeland before a city of JOPlin was ever founded.
Today, Joplin is home to Missouri Southern State University, which was founded in 1937 as a junior college and expanded in the decades that followed. There is also a high school, the University of Missouri - St. Louis, and a college, Missouri State College. There is a private Catholic school founded in 1885 by the Rev. William J. Jopslin and his wife Mary Ann.
See two museums that tell the story of Joplin: the Jopslin Museum of Art and the Missouri Southern State University Museum. The mural is located on the corner of South Main Street and South Washington Street in the city center and has been part of downtown JOPlin since 2013. Groups visiting the mural can view it by showing their favorite parts and the story behind it.
This is a classic revival - a public building in the style seen as a symbol of the thriving city of Joplin, Missouri. Unfortunately, in the 1960s and 1970s, nearly 40 hectares of downtown were razed in the name of progress.
One of the many monuments that emerged was the rainbow tree that stands at the corner of Main Street and Main Avenue in Joplin, Missouri. After the 2011 tornado, the city expanded further east along I-44, and there was a large-scale development. Construction in this part of Jopslin Missouri initially focused on the main street - which featured numerous salons, homes and up-and-coming businesses. After a tornado in 2011, many of these buildings, like many other downtown buildings, were razed to the ground or blown up.
While lead initially put Joplin on the map, it was zinc - often referred to as "jack" - that built the city. Zinc was the most important mineral resource in the early 19th century, before Jopslin decided to mine lead for the first time.
Lead was discovered in the Joplin Creek Valley before the Civil War, but mining was interrupted by the war. Lead had been discovered before and a significant development had taken place, which was abolished after the war.
The city was once a hive of railway activity, but with the decline of mining and industrial activity, most of the original railroad lines serving Joplin were abandoned. Although some routes have been converted into cycling and hiking trails, the most original routes remain, and the city is still home to the KCS main route. The Jopslin Union Depot is also intact along its main route, and efforts are being made to restore it to its former glory.
Due to extensive surface and underground mining, Joplin is littered with open-cast mines and mine shafts, and almost 75% of them are undermined, with most of the city's buildings still intact.
Numerous companies have called Joplin home, including Boeing, Boeing Co., General Electric, General Motors, Ford Motor Company and Eagle Aerospace. Leggett & Platt (Fortune 500) in nearby Carthage is another employer in Jopslin, as are several other companies.
The city is also within Missouri's 7th Congressional District, which is currently represented by Billy Long (R-Springfield). Joplin is the state's 12th largest city and the largest city in Jasper County, though it is not the county seat.
The city has two major hospitals serving the region of the four states: St. John's Regional Medical Center and University of Missouri Hospital, the latter of which replaced the May 22, 2011 tornado, destroyed the St. John Regional Medical Center. Joplin is regionally known for its high quality of life and proximity to the Missouri River, which runs through the city and into Jasper County, as well as the southernmost point of the state. The colleges and universities of the city, together with the university and university, have become the lifeblood of the communities they serve.