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Carthage Picture Booklet

Carthage Picture Booklet

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Carthage, Missouri: The Most Beautiful City in the West is a promotional picture booklet created in 1906 by the Newell family to solicit investments in the family's various business enterprises including the Carthage Building Stone Co., Venango Royalty Co., Newell, Morse Royalty Co., and the Trinity Zinc, Lead and Smelting Company.

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Connor Brochure

Connor Brochure

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Joplin’s Connor Hotel was constructed in 1906-1908 at the northwest corner of Fourth and Main Streets and served as the anchor of downtown Joplin for half a century. This brochure documents many of the building’s architectural elements and interior design.

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Joplin 1902 Picture Booklet

Joplin 1902 Picture Booklet

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This book is one of the most complete photographic records of Joplin, Missouri at the turn of the 20th century. By 1900, Joplin had become a city of both millionaires and miners and one of the most important cities in Missouri. The 125 photographs include more than three dozen pictures of the private homes of these self-made men, as well as photographs of the businesses and industries that sprung up to support the mining industry.

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Joplin 1913 Picture Booklet

Joplin 1913 Picture Booklet

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This 1913 booklet of Joplin devotes the majority of its 44 photographs to businesses, manufacturing facilities, and other commercial enterprise in Joplin.

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Joplin Historical Postcards

Joplin Historical Postcards

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These postcards show the development of Joplin from rough mining camps into the mid-1900s. Pictured are mines and miners, extravagantly landscaped parks and public recreation areas as well as souvenir postcards of the little motels and motor courts that sprang up along the path of America's most famous highway, Route 66.

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Joplin Tornado of 1971

Joplin Tornado of 1971

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On May 5, 1971, a tornado struck Joplin, Missouri. It was near dusk. The tornado stayed on the ground for almost 40 blocks through the center of town, killing one man and injuring almost 50 people.

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Klondike of Missouri

Klondike of Missouri

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This small booklet, published in 1898 by the Kansas City, Fort Scott, and Memphis Railroad Company, paints an enticing and extravagant portrait of Joplin, Missouri, at the turn of the 20th Century.

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Mining Health Study

Mining Health Study

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Report by the Federal Bureau of Mines investigators in 1914-1915 documenting mining operations and the health and safety dangers present in Joplin's zinc and lead mines.

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Old Grubstake Days in Joplin

Old Grubstake Days in Joplin

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This story is a semi-factual ramble through the rags-to-riches saga of Joplin's mining industry.

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Pioneering Days by Bud Belden

Pioneering Days by Bud Belden

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Memoir of Bud Belden about his father's Belden Electric Company, electrical industry, wiring houses and businesses and the immense Schifferdecker Electric Park, family stories and anecdotes about Joplin's citizens.

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Zinc and Lead Mining District

Zinc and Lead Mining District

Contributed by: Joplin Public Library

A concise history of mining in the Missouri-Kansa-Oklahoma-Arkansas district. The booklet contains more than 100 scenes of mills, methods and machinery employed in zinc and lead mining, as well as street scenes, public buildings, manufacturing plants and residences of some of the leading cities and towns.

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