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Joplin, Missouri

Joplin, Missouri

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Joplin is a city in southern Jasper County
Jasper County, Missouri
Jasper County is a county located in the US state of Missouri. It is included in the Joplin, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area. The 2010 total population of Jasper County was 117,404. It is the ninth most populous county in Missouri. Its county seat is Carthage, making it one of the few...

 and northern Newton County in the southwestern corner of the US state of Missouri
Missouri
Missouri is a US state located in the Midwestern United States, bordered by Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. With a 2010 population of 5,988,927, Missouri is the 18th most populous state in the nation and the fifth most populous in the Midwest. It...

. Joplin is the largest city in Jasper County, though it is not the county seat
County seat
A county seat is an administrative center, or seat of government, for a county or civil parish. The term is primarily used in the United States....

. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 50,150. In 2010, the surrounding Metropolitan Statistical Area had an estimated population of 175,518.

Although often believed to have been named for the ragtime composer Scott Joplin
Scott Joplin
Scott Joplin was an American composer and pianist. Joplin achieved fame for his ragtime compositions, and was later dubbed "The King of Ragtime". During his brief career, Joplin wrote 44 original ragtime pieces, one ragtime ballet, and two operas...

, who lived in Sedalia, Missouri
Sedalia, Missouri
Sedalia is a city located about south of the Missouri River in Pettis County, Missouri. U.S. Highway 50 and U.S. Highway 65 intersect in the city. As of 2006, the city had a total population of 20,669. It is the county seat of Pettis County. The Sedalia Micropolitan Statistical Area consists of...

, Joplin is named for Reverend Harris Joplin, an early settler and the founder of the area's first Methodist congregation.
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Joplin is a city in southern Jasper County
Jasper County, Missouri
Jasper County is a county located in the US state of Missouri. It is included in the Joplin, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area. The 2010 total population of Jasper County was 117,404. It is the ninth most populous county in Missouri. Its county seat is Carthage, making it one of the few...

 and northern Newton County in the southwestern corner of the US state of Missouri
Missouri
Missouri is a US state located in the Midwestern United States, bordered by Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. With a 2010 population of 5,988,927, Missouri is the 18th most populous state in the nation and the fifth most populous in the Midwest. It...

. Joplin is the largest city in Jasper County, though it is not the county seat
County seat
A county seat is an administrative center, or seat of government, for a county or civil parish. The term is primarily used in the United States....

. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 50,150. In 2010, the surrounding Metropolitan Statistical Area had an estimated population of 175,518.

Although often believed to have been named for the ragtime composer Scott Joplin
Scott Joplin
Scott Joplin was an American composer and pianist. Joplin achieved fame for his ragtime compositions, and was later dubbed "The King of Ragtime". During his brief career, Joplin wrote 44 original ragtime pieces, one ragtime ballet, and two operas...

, who lived in Sedalia, Missouri
Sedalia, Missouri
Sedalia is a city located about south of the Missouri River in Pettis County, Missouri. U.S. Highway 50 and U.S. Highway 65 intersect in the city. As of 2006, the city had a total population of 20,669. It is the county seat of Pettis County. The Sedalia Micropolitan Statistical Area consists of...

, Joplin is named for Reverend Harris Joplin, an early settler and the founder of the area's first Methodist congregation. Joplin was established in 1873 and expanded significantly from the wealth created by the mining of zinc
Zinc
Zinc , or spelter , is a metallic chemical element; it has the symbol Zn and atomic number 30. It is the first element in group 12 of the periodic table. Zinc is, in some respects, chemically similar to magnesium, because its ion is of similar size and its only common oxidation state is +2...

; its growth faltered after World War II
World War II
World War II, or the Second World War , was a global conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945, involving most of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis...

 when the price of the mineral collapsed. The city gained travelers as Route 66
U.S. Route 66
U.S. Route 66 was a highway within the U.S. Highway System. One of the original U.S. highways, Route 66 was established on November 11, 1926 -- with road signs erected the following year...

 passed through it; "Joplin, Missouri" is among the lyrics to Bobby Troup
Bobby Troup
Robert William "Bobby" Troup Jr. was an American actor, jazz pianist and songwriter. He is best known for writing the popular standard " Route 66", and for his role as Dr...

's legendary song
Route 66 (song)
" Route 66", often rendered simply as "Route 66", is a popular song and rhythm and blues standard, composed in 1946 by American songwriter Bobby Troup. It was first recorded in the same year by Nat King Cole, and was subsequently covered by many artists including Chuck Berry in 1961, The Rolling...

, immortalizing the city among others on the famous highway.

On May 22, 2011, Joplin was struck by an extremely powerful EF-5 tornado
2011 Joplin tornado
The 2011 Joplin tornado was a devastating EF5 multiple-vortex tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri, USA late in the afternoon of Sunday, May 22, 2011. It was part of a larger late-May tornado outbreak sequence and reached a maximum width of in excess of during its path through the southern part of...

, resulting in at least 160 deaths and more than 900 injuries, along with total destruction of thousands of houses, and severe damage to numerous apartments and businesses, St. John's Medical Center
St. John's Regional Medical Center (Missouri)
St. John's Regional Medical Center is a hospital in Joplin, Missouri, USA.-History:The hospital was founded on October 24, 1896, by the Sisters of Mercy. The facility was expanded in 1968 to include two connecting buildings of seven and nine floors....

, and multiple school buildings.

19th century



Lead was discovered in the Joplin Creek Valley before the Civil War
American Civil War
The American Civil War was a civil war fought in the United States of America. In response to the election of Abraham Lincoln as President of the United States, 11 southern slave states declared their secession from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America ; the other 25...

, but it was only after the war that significant development took place. By 1871, numerous mining camps had sprung up in the valley and resident John C. Cox filed a plan for a city on the east side of the valley. Cox named his village Joplin City after the spring and creek nearby, which had been named for the Reverend Harris G. Joplin, an early settler who founded the first Methodist congregation in the area in mid-century.

The Carthage
Carthage, Missouri
Carthage is a city in Jasper County, Missouri, United States. The population was 14,378 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Jasper County and is nicknamed "America's Maple Leaf City."...

 resident Patrick Murphy filed a plan for a city on the opposite side of the valley and named it Murphysburg. While the nearest sheriff was in Carthage, frontier lawlessness abounded in Joplin and the historic period was referred to as the "Reign of Terror". The cities eventually merged into Union City, but when the merger was found illegal, the two cities split. Murphy suggested that a combined city be named Joplin. The cities merged again on March 23, 1873, this time permanently, as the City of Joplin.

While Joplin was first settled for lead mining, zinc, often referred to as "jack", was the mineral resource on which the town built its economy. As railroads connected Joplin to major markets in other cities, it was on the verge of dramatic growth. By the turn of the century, the city was becoming a regional metropolis. Construction centered around Main Street, with many bars, hotels, and fine homes nearby. Joplin's three-story "House of Lords" was its most famous saloon, with a bar and restaurant on the first floor, gambling on the second, and a brothel on the third. Trolley
Tram
A tram is a passenger rail vehicle which runs on tracks along public urban streets and also sometimes on separate rights of way. It may also run between cities and/or towns , and/or partially grade separated even in the cities...

 and rail lines made Joplin the hub of southwest Missouri and, as the center of the "Tri-state district", it soon became the lead and zinc mining capital of the world.

As a result of extensive surface
Surface mining
Surface mining , is a type of mining in which soil and rock overlying the mineral deposit are removed...

 and deep mining, Joplin is dotted with open pit mines and mine shafts. Mining left many tailings
Tailings
Tailings, also called mine dumps, slimes, tails, leach residue, or slickens, are the materials left over after the process of separating the valuable fraction from the uneconomic fraction of an ore...

 piles (small hills of ground rock), which are considered unsightly locally. The open pit mines pose both hazards, but some find them to have a kind of beauty as well. The main part of Joplin is nearly 75% undermined, with some mine shafts well over 100 ft (30m) deep. These mine shafts have occasionally caved in, creating sink holes. The mining history and geology are well documented in the mineral museum in town.

20th century



Joplin began to add cultural amenities; in 1902 residents passed a tax to create a public library, and gained matching funds that enabled them to build the Carnegie Library
Carnegie Library
Carnegie Library, Carnegie Public Library, Carnegie Free Library, Carnegie Free Public Library, Andrew Carnegie Library, Andrew Carnegie Free Library or Carnegie Library Building may refer to any of the following Carnegie libraries:- California :*Carnegie Library , listed on the National Register...

. It was seen as the symbol of a thriving city. In 1930 the grand commercial Electric Theater was built, one of the many movie palaces of the time. It was later bought and renamed the Fox by Fox Theatres corporation. With the Depression and post-World War II suburban development, moviegoing declined at such large venues.

In 1933 during the Great Depression
Great Depression
The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression in the decade preceding World War II. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations, but in most countries it started in about 1929 and lasted until the late 1930s or early 1940s...

, the notorious criminals Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow were well-known outlaws, robbers, and criminals who traveled the Central United States with their gang during the Great Depression. Their exploits captured the attention of the American public during the "public enemy era" between 1931 and 1934...

 spent some weeks in Joplin, where they robbed several area businesses. Tipped off by a neighbor, the Joplin Police Department
Joplin Police Department
The Joplin Police Department is the principal law enforcement agency responsible for serving the city of Joplin, Missouri-Department Structure and History:...

 attempted to apprehend the pair. Bonnie and Clyde escaped after killing Newton County Constable John Wesley Harryman and Joplin Police Detective Harry McGinnis; however, they were forced to leave most of their possessions behind, including a camera. The Joplin Globe developed and printed the film, which showed now-legendary photos of Bonnie's holding Clyde at mock gunpoint, and of Bonnie with her foot on a car fender, posed with a pistol in her hand and cigar in her mouth. The Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation nominated the house where the couple stayed, at 34th Street and Oak Ridge Drive, for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places
National Register of Historic Places
The National Register of Historic Places is the United States government's official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects deemed worthy of preservation...

 on February 13, 2009.

After World War II
World War II
World War II, or the Second World War , was a global conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945, involving most of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis...

, most of the mines were closed, and population growth leveled off. The main road through Joplin running east and west was designated as part of US Route 66, which became famous as more Americans took to newly constructed highways. The roads provided improved access between cities but also drew off population to newer housing and eventually retail centers.

In the 1960s and 1970s, nearly 40 acres (16 hectares) of the city's downtown were razed in an attempt at urban renewal
Urban renewal
Urban renewal is a program of land redevelopment in areas of moderate to high density urban land use. Renewal has had both successes and failures. Its modern incarnation began in the late 19th century in developed nations and experienced an intense phase in the late 1940s – under the rubric of...

, as population and businesses had moved to a suburban fringe along newly constructed highways. The Keystone hotel and Worth Block (former home of the House of Lords) were notable historic structures that were demolished. The Connor Hotel was partially demolished and then collapsed, killing three, before it was totally demolished. Christman's Department Store stands (converted into loft apartments), as does the Joplin Union Depot
Joplin Union Depot
The Joplin Union Depot is a railroad station in Joplin, Missouri. The station was served by two railroads; the Kansas City Southern Railway and the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad. On November 4, 1969 the last train, the Southern Belle visited the station, ending 58 years of constant service...

, since railroad restructuring and the decline in passenger traffic led to its closure. Other notable historic structures in Joplin include the Carnegie Library
Carnegie Library
Carnegie Library, Carnegie Public Library, Carnegie Free Library, Carnegie Free Public Library, Andrew Carnegie Library, Andrew Carnegie Free Library or Carnegie Library Building may refer to any of the following Carnegie libraries:- California :*Carnegie Library , listed on the National Register...

, Fred and Red's
Fred and Red's
Fred and Red's is an historic greasy spoon diner in Joplin, Missouri. The restaurant was started in 1923 and moved to its current location in 1943...

 Diner, the Frisco Depot, the Scottish Rite Cathedral
Scottish Rite
The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry , commonly known as simply the Scottish Rite, is one of several Rites of the worldwide fraternity known as Freemasonry...

, and the Crystal Cave (filled in and used for a parking lot). The Newman Mercantile Store has been adapted for use as City Hall. The Fox Theatre has been adapted for use as the Central Christian Center.

On May 6, 1971, Joplin was struck by a severe tornado
Tornado
A tornado is a violent, dangerous, rotating column of air that is in contact with both the surface of the earth and a cumulonimbus cloud or, in rare cases, the base of a cumulus cloud. They are often referred to as a twister or a cyclone, although the word cyclone is used in meteorology in a wider...

, resulting in one death and 50 injuries, along with major damage to many houses and businesses.

21st century


The city has two major hospitals, St. John's Regional Medical Center
St. John's Regional Medical Center (Missouri)
St. John's Regional Medical Center is a hospital in Joplin, Missouri, USA.-History:The hospital was founded on October 24, 1896, by the Sisters of Mercy. The facility was expanded in 1968 to include two connecting buildings of seven and nine floors....

 and Freeman Health System
Health system
A health system can be defined as the structured and interrelated set of all actors and institutions contributing to health improvement. The health system boundaries could then be referred to the concept of health action, which is "any set of activities whose primary intent is to improve or...

, which serve the region. The city has a park system including a golf course, three swimming pools, walking trails, the world's largest remaining globally unique Chert Glades and Missouri's first Audubon Nature Center located in Wildcat Park. A waterfall, Grand Falls, is on Shoal Creek just south of town. Included in Schifferdecker Park is the Everett J. Ritchie Tri-State Mineral Museum and Dorothea B. Hoover Historical Museum.

Numerous buildings in Joplin have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places
National Register of Historic Places
The National Register of Historic Places is the United States government's official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects deemed worthy of preservation...

 for their historic and architectural significance. Recently, the city has undertaken a project to revitalize its Main Street
Main Street
Main Street is the metonym for a generic street name of the primary retail street of a village, town, or small city in many parts of the world...

 downtown district. It has refurbished sidewalks and added new lamp posts to highlight the historic center of the city.

Numerous trucking lines such as CFI (now Con-Way Truckload) are headquartered in town, as the city is situated near the geographic and population centers of the nation. Eagle-Picher Industries
Eagle-Picher
Eagle-Picher Corporation is a privately held, American, manufacturing and resource extractive company known for its storage battery technology. It was founded in 1842 as a paint manufacturing firm using the name Eagle White Lead, and became Eagle-Picher Lead in 1916 with its merger with a lead...

, TAMKO Building Products, AT&T Communications
AT&T Communications
AT&T Communications - East, Inc. was a holding company for the 23 subsidiaries that provide interexchange carrier and long distance telephone services owned by AT&T.-AT&T Long Lines:...

 and FAG Bearings are noted employers in Joplin, and Leggett & Platt
Leggett & Platt
Leggett & Platt , based in Carthage, Missouri, is a diversified manufacturer that conceives, designs and produces a broad variety of engineered components and products that can be found in most homes, offices, and automobiles. The company serves a broad suite of customers that comprise a "Who's...

 (Fortune 500
Fortune 500
The Fortune 500 is an annual list compiled and published by Fortune magazine that ranks the top 500 U.S. closely held and public corporations as ranked by their gross revenue after adjustments made by Fortune to exclude the impact of excise taxes companies collect. The list includes publicly and...

) is located in nearby Carthage. The city is served by the Joplin Regional Airport
Joplin Regional Airport
Joplin Regional Airport is a public airport located four miles north of the central business district of Joplin, a city in Jasper County, Missouri, USA. The airport covers and has three runways. It offers commercial airline service subsidized by the Essential Air Service program...

 located in the north of town near Webb City
Webb City, Missouri
Webb City is a city in Jasper County, Missouri, United States. The population was 10,996 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Joplin, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area.-Geography:Webb City is located at ....

.

In the 1990s, the city continued to expand eastward toward U.S. 71 (future I-49
Interstate 49
Interstate 49 is currently an intrastate Interstate Highway located entirely within the state of Louisiana in the southern United States. Its southern terminus is in Lafayette, Louisiana, at Interstate 10 while its northern terminus is in Shreveport, Louisiana, at Interstate 20.-Route...

). Large-scale development occurred along Range Line Road, particularly around Northpark Mall
Northpark Mall (Missouri)
Northpark Mall is a regional mall located in Joplin, Missouri. The mall opened in 1972. It features more than 100 inline tenants, including a food court and four anchor stores , as well as TJ Maxx. The mall is also the temporary home of Joplin High School. The anchor space last occupied by Steve &...

. Numerous suburbs adjacent to the city include Carl Junction
Carl Junction, Missouri
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,294 people, 1,871 households, and 1,534 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,084.6 people per square mile . There were 2,006 housing units at an average density of 411.0 per square mile...

, Duquesne
Duquesne, Missouri
Duquesne is a village in Jasper County, Missouri, United States. The population was 1,763 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Joplin, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area.-Geography:Duquesne is located at ....

, Airport Drive
Airport Drive, Missouri
Airport Drive is a village in Jasper County, Missouri, United States. The population was 698 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Joplin, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area. The community is still commonly referred to as "Stone's Corner," as the intersection of Route 43 and Route 171 is...

, Oronogo, Carterville
Carterville, Missouri
Carterville is a city in Jasper County, Missouri, United States. The population was 1,891 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Joplin, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area.-Geography:...

, Redings Mill
Redings Mill, Missouri
Redings Mill is a village in Newton County, Missouri, United States. The population was 151 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Joplin, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area.-History:Redings Mill was named for millwright John S. Reding...

, Shoal Creek Drive
Shoal Creek Drive, Missouri
Shoal Creek Drive is a village in Newton County, Missouri, United States. The population was 337 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Joplin, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area.-Geography:Shoal Creek Drive is located at ....

, Leawood
Leawood, Missouri
Leawood is a village in Newton County, Missouri, United States. The population was 682 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Joplin, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area.-Geography:Leawood is located at ....

, and Saginaw
Saginaw, Missouri
Saginaw is a village in Newton County, Missouri, United States. The population was 297 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Joplin, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area.-Geography:Saginaw is located at ....

.

Due to its location near two major highways and its many event and sports facilities, Joplin attracts travelers and is a destination for conferences and group events. Joplin offers nearly 2,500 hotel rooms, the majority located within a 1/4 mile area of Range Line and I-44. It has the 30000 square feet (2,787.1 m²) John Q. Hammons Convention and Trade Center, which serves as the primary event facility for conventions, associations, and large events.

Each June, Joplin hosts the Boomtown Run, a half marathon, 5k. and kids run. The event attracts runners from across the country, and features USTA certified courses which start and end in the historic downtown area. Celebrity runners featured at the pre-race banquet have included Bart Yasso, Sarah Reinerston, Suzy Favor-Hamilton, and Jeff Galloway. In 2011, due to the devastating EF-5 tornado that struck Joplin on May 22, just three weeks before the run, the event was transformed in the Boomtown Run Day of Service. More than 270 individuals registered for the race after the tornado struck, knowing their proceeds would benefit tornado recovery. On June 11, approximately 320 registered runners and volunteers turned out to help clean debris and sort donations, contributing more than 1,200 hours of service.

May 2011 tornado


On May 22, 2011, an EF-5 tornado
Tornado
A tornado is a violent, dangerous, rotating column of air that is in contact with both the surface of the earth and a cumulonimbus cloud or, in rare cases, the base of a cumulus cloud. They are often referred to as a twister or a cyclone, although the word cyclone is used in meteorology in a wider...

 first touched down near the western edge of the city among large, newer homes, at about 5:41 pm CDT (2241 UTC) and tracked eastward across the city and across Interstate 44
Interstate 44
Interstate 44 is a major highway in the central United States. Its western terminus is in Wichita Falls, Texas at a concurrency with US 277, US 281 and US 287; its eastern terminus is at the Illinois state line on the Poplar Street Bridge over the Mississippi River in St...

 into rural portions of Newton and Lawrence counties. It was reported to have been about 0.75 miles (1.2 km) in width and 22.1 miles (35.6 km) long. About 8,000 houses, 18,000 cars, and 450 businesses were flattened or blown away in Joplin, particularly in the section between 13th and 32nd Streets across the southern part of the city. The tornado narrowly missed the downtown area. St. John's Regional Medical Center
St. John's Regional Medical Center (Missouri)
St. John's Regional Medical Center is a hospital in Joplin, Missouri, USA.-History:The hospital was founded on October 24, 1896, by the Sisters of Mercy. The facility was expanded in 1968 to include two connecting buildings of seven and nine floors....

 was significantly damaged, with many windows and the exterior walls damaged, and the upper floors destroyed. The local high school, Joplin High School was destroyed as well. A total of 160 people died from tornado-related injuries as of the end of July 2011. The Weather Channel
The Weather Channel
The Weather Channel is a US cable and satellite television network since May 2, 1982, that broadcasts weather forecasts and weather-related news, along with entertainment programming related to weather 24 hours a day...

 video showed entire neighborhoods flattened. Communications were lost and power was knocked out to many areas. An official statement from the National Weather Service
National Weather Service
The National Weather Service , once known as the Weather Bureau, is one of the six scientific agencies that make up the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States government...

 has categorized the Joplin tornado as an EF5
Enhanced Fujita Scale
The Enhanced Fujita Scale rates the strength of tornadoes in the United States based on the damage they cause.Implemented in place of the Fujita scale introduced in 1971 by Ted Fujita, it began operational use on February 1, 2007. The scale has the same basic design as the original Fujita scale:...

. On Sunday, May 29, 2011, President Barack Obama
Barack Obama
Barack Hussein Obama II is the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office. Obama previously served as a United States Senator from Illinois, from January 2005 until he resigned following his victory in the 2008 presidential election.Born in...

, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon
Jay Nixon
Jeremiah Wilson "Jay" Nixon, Sr. is the 55th and current Governor of the U.S. state of Missouri. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as Missouri's Attorney General before his election in 2008.-Political career:...

, and FEMA Director Craig Fugate
Craig Fugate
William Craig Fugate was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2009 to be the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He had been the Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. He was appointed director by Gov. Jeb Bush in 2001 and later re-appointed by Gov...

 visited and toured Joplin to see what the damage looked like and attended a memorial service for the deceased. Later that day, the city held a moment of silence at 5:41 pm, to mark the time the tornado struck. The area was declared a federal disaster area.

Government


Local government for the City of Joplin is provided through an elected nine member City Council, which includes the city's Mayor who is responsible for serving as meeting chair and official spokesman for the City Council, and the Mayor Pro Tem who is responsible for performing the Mayor's duties in the latter's absence, both of whom are elected every two years by their fellow council members. Law enforcement services are provided by the Joplin Police Department
Joplin Police Department
The Joplin Police Department is the principal law enforcement agency responsible for serving the city of Joplin, Missouri-Department Structure and History:...

. On the state-level, the city is represented in the Missouri House of Representatives
Missouri House of Representatives
The Missouri House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the Missouri General Assembly. It has 163 members, representing districts with an average size of 31,000 residents. House members are elected for two-year terms during general elections held in even-numbered years.In 1992 Missouri...

 by Republican Bill White of the 129th District, although a small portion of the city lies within the 128th District represented by Republican Charlie Davis, and in the Missouri Senate
Missouri Senate
The Missouri State Senate is the upper chamber of the Missouri General Assembly. It has 34 members, representing districts with an average population of 160,000...

 by Republican Ron Richard
Ron Richard
Ronald F. Richard is a Missouri politician who was elected as a state senator in 2010 and was previously the Speaker...

. The city also lies within Missouri's 7th congressional district
Missouri's 7th congressional district
Missouri's 7th congressional district consists of Southwest Missouri. The district includes Springfield, the home of Missouri State University , and the popular tourist destination city of Branson...

.

Geography


Joplin is located at 37°4′40"N 94°30′40"W (37.077760, −94.511024). According to the United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
The United States Census Bureau is the government agency that is responsible for the United States Census. It also gathers other national demographic and economic data...

, the city has a total area of 31.5 square miles (81.6 km²), of which, 31.4 square miles (81.4 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.25%) is water. The city is drained by Joplin Creek, Turkey Creek, Silver Creek and Shoal Creek. Joplin is the center of what is regionally known as the Four State Area
Four State Area
The Four State Area is a term used to describe the area where the borders of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma abut. The Tulsa, Oklahoma Joplin, Missouri and Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Arkansas metropolitan areas are located within the region...

: Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Oklahoma is a state located in the South Central region of the United States of America. With an estimated 3,751,351 residents as of the 2010 census and a land area of 68,667 square miles , Oklahoma is the 28th most populous and 20th-largest state...

, Arkansas
Arkansas
Arkansas is a state located in the southern region of the United States. Its name is an Algonquian name of the Quapaw Indians. Arkansas shares borders with six states , and its eastern border is largely defined by the Mississippi River...

, Missouri
Missouri
Missouri is a US state located in the Midwestern United States, bordered by Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. With a 2010 population of 5,988,927, Missouri is the 18th most populous state in the nation and the fifth most populous in the Midwest. It...

, and Kansas
Kansas
Kansas is a US state located in the Midwestern United States. It is named after the Kansas River which flows through it, which in turn was named after the Kansa Native American tribe, which inhabited the area. The tribe's name is often said to mean "people of the wind" or "people of the south...

.

Joplin is located north of Highway I-44
Interstate 44
Interstate 44 is a major highway in the central United States. Its western terminus is in Wichita Falls, Texas at a concurrency with US 277, US 281 and US 287; its eastern terminus is at the Illinois state line on the Poplar Street Bridge over the Mississippi River in St...

, its passage to the west into Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Oklahoma is a state located in the South Central region of the United States of America. With an estimated 3,751,351 residents as of the 2010 census and a land area of 68,667 square miles , Oklahoma is the 28th most populous and 20th-largest state...

. In recent years, the residential development of Joplin have spread north to about Webb City
Webb City, Missouri
Webb City is a city in Jasper County, Missouri, United States. The population was 10,996 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Joplin, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area.-Geography:Webb City is located at ....

. US Route 66 passes through Joplin. Joplin is mentioned in the song "Route 66".

Climate


Joplin has a humid subtropical climate, with mild to cold winters and hot, humid summers. Joplin is situated in "Tornado Alley
Tornado Alley
Tornado Alley is a colloquial and popular media term that most often refers to the area of the United States where tornadoes are most frequent. Although an official location is not defined, the area between the Rocky Mountains and Appalachian Mountains is usually associated with it.The areas...

", a broad region where cold air from Canada collides with warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico
Gulf of Mexico
The Gulf of Mexico is a partially landlocked ocean basin largely surrounded by the North American continent and the island of Cuba. It is bounded on the northeast, north and northwest by the Gulf Coast of the United States, on the southwest and south by Mexico, and on the southeast by Cuba. In...

 and dry air from the lee of the Rocky Mountains, leading to the formation of powerful supercell thunderstorms from which the tornadoes spawn.

Demographics


As of the census of 2010, there were 50,150 people, 20,860 households, and 12,212 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,448.4 people per square mile (559.2/km²). There were 23,322 housing units at an average density of 678.9 per square mile (262.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city is 43,954 White, 1,657 African American, 911 Native American, 801 Asian, 154 Pacific Islander, 875 from other races
Race (United States Census)
Race and ethnicity in the United States Census, as defined by the Federal Office of Management and Budget and the United States Census Bureau, are self-identification data items in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify, and indicate whether or not they are...

, and 1,798 from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race is 2,241 of the population.

There were 20,860 households out of which 24.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.1% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.5% were non-families. 29.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 25.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.21% under the age of 19, 9.4% from 20 to 24, 25.12% from 25 to 44, 22.16% from 45 to 64, and 13.18% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 90.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,555, and the median income for a family was $38,888. Males had a median income of $28,569 versus $20,665 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,738. About 10.5% of families and 14.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.8% of those under age 18 and 9.4% of those age 65 or over.

Primary and secondary education


Joplin is home to thirteen public elementary schools in the Joplin R-VIII School District: Cecil Floyd, Columbia, Duenweg, Duqeusne, Eastmorland, Emerson, Irving, Jefferson, Kelsey Norman, McKinley, Royal Heights, Stapleton, and West Central. It has three public middle schools, East, North, and South and one high school, Joplin High School
Joplin High School
Joplin High School is a public high school in Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri, USA. The first high school was founded in 1888 and was located where the current Memorial Hall now stands on 8th and Joplin Ave. In 2010, JHS had a student population of 2,223 students in grades 9-12...

. The first high school was founded in 1885 and was located where the current Memorial Hall now stands on 8th and Joplin Ave. The JHS student population was nearly 2200 kids in the 2008–2009 school year. A school bond issue for $57.3 million was passed in April 2007, allowing the district to build two new middle schools (East and South Middle Schools) to replace the old Memorial and South Middle Schools, and to give a major renovation and double the size of North Middle School. Joplin also has many private schools, such as College Heights Christian School, Martin Luther School, and more. St. Mary's Catholic Elementary School, St. Peter's Middle School, McAuley Regional High School are private Catholic schools established in 1885. There is also one Independent School, Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School, which has been running since 1993.

College


The Joplin College of Physicians and Surgeons operated from 1880 to 1884. Today Joplin is home to Missouri Southern State University
Missouri Southern State University
Missouri Southern State University is a public, state university located in Joplin, Missouri. Missouri Southern State University was formerly Missouri Southern State College and is also known as Missouri Southern, MSSU, or MoSo for short. Established in 1937 as Joplin Junior College, Missouri...

, founded in 1937 as a junior college and expanded in the following decades. There are two Bible colleges, Ozark Christian College
Ozark Christian College
Ozark Christian College is a private, not-for-profit college located at 1111 North Main Street, Joplin, Missouri.-History:In 1942, it was founded in Bentonville, Arkansas by Seth Wilson. In 1985, OCC received accreditation by the Association for Biblical Higher Education...

 and Messenger College
Messenger College
Messenger College is the national college of the Pentecostal Church of God located at 300 E 50th St., Joplin, Missouri. A Christian college with programs to serve many people, the institution is accredited through the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools and eligible for...

.

Library


Joplin is served by the Joplin Public Library
Joplin Public Library
The Joplin Public Library District was established in 1902 when the citizens of Joplin, Missouri voted for a 10 cent tax to operate a public library. A Carnegie Foundation grant of $40,000 paid for the construction of a library building, with the community's having raised money to provide operating...

, which is situated on Main Street between the intersections of 3rd and 4th Streets.

Transportation


Joplin is served by the mainline of the Kansas City Southern (KCS) railroad, as well as by branchlines
of the BNSF Railway
BNSF Railway
The BNSF Railway is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., and is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. It is one of seven North American Class I railroads and the second largest freight railroad network in North America, second only to the Union Pacific Railroad, its primary...

 and Missouri and Northern Arkansas Railroad
Missouri and Northern Arkansas Railroad
The Missouri and Northern Arkansas Railroad is a Class III short-line railroad headquartered in Carthage, Missouri.MNA operates approximately of line in Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri. Its main line extends 384.1 miles from Kansas City, Missouri to Newport, Arkansas...

 (MNA). The city was once a beehive of railroad activity; however, many of the original railroad lines serving Joplin were abandoned after the demise of the mining and industrial enterprises. Passenger trains have not served the city since the 1960s. The city's Union Depot
Joplin Union Depot
The Joplin Union Depot is a railroad station in Joplin, Missouri. The station was served by two railroads; the Kansas City Southern Railway and the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad. On November 4, 1969 the last train, the Southern Belle visited the station, ending 58 years of constant service...

 is still intact along the KCS mainline and efforts are underway to restore it.

Interstate 44
Interstate 44
Interstate 44 is a major highway in the central United States. Its western terminus is in Wichita Falls, Texas at a concurrency with US 277, US 281 and US 287; its eastern terminus is at the Illinois state line on the Poplar Street Bridge over the Mississippi River in St...

 connects Joplin with Springfield and St. Louis to the east and Tulsa and Oklahoma City to the west. U.S. Route 71
U.S. Route 71
U.S. Route 71 is a north–south United States highway. This original 1926 route has remained largely unchanged by encroaching Interstate highways. Currently, the highway's northern terminus is in International Falls, Minnesota at the Canadian border, at the southern end of the Fort...

 runs east of the city, connecting Joplin to Kansas City to the north and Ft. Smith, AR to the south. Highway 71 is currently being converted to Interstate 49
Interstate 49
Interstate 49 is currently an intrastate Interstate Highway located entirely within the state of Louisiana in the southern United States. Its southern terminus is in Lafayette, Louisiana, at Interstate 10 while its northern terminus is in Shreveport, Louisiana, at Interstate 20.-Route...

 and is expected to be completed by 2012. The highway is already built to four-lane freeway and expressway standards from Kansas City but has a few at grade intersections that need to be upgraded to interstate standards.

Joplin once boasted an extensive trolley and inter-urban rail system. Today, part of the city is served by the Sunshine Lamp Trolley, which commenced service in July 2007, and expanded to 3 routes in 2009.

In addition, the Joplin Regional Airport
Joplin Regional Airport
Joplin Regional Airport is a public airport located four miles north of the central business district of Joplin, a city in Jasper County, Missouri, USA. The airport covers and has three runways. It offers commercial airline service subsidized by the Essential Air Service program...

 provides multiple daily roundtrip flights to Dallas/Fort Worth operated by American Eagle Airlines
American Eagle Airlines
American Eagle Airlines is a brand name used by American Eagle Airlines, Inc. , based in Fort Worth, Texas, and Executive Airlines based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the operation of passenger air service as regional affiliates of American Airlines. All three airlines are wholly owned subsidiaries...

.

People



  • Ferrell Anderson
    Ferrell Anderson
    Ferrell Jack Anderson , nicknamed "Andy", was a catcher in Major League Baseball.Anderson was signed by the New York Yankees in 1939 after spending four years as an all conference football tackle at the University of Kansas. He was purchased by the Brooklyn Dodgers from the Yankees system in 1942...

    , baseball player; died in Joplin
  • Harvey Bailey
    Harvey Bailey
    Harvey John Bailey , called "The Dean of American Bank Robbers", had a long criminal career. One of the most successful bank robbers during the 1920s, walking off with over $1 million during that time, Bailey is almost forgotten today.- His career :Born in West Virginia, Bailey robbed his first...

    , Depression-era criminal, the "Dean of American Bank Robbers"; spent his last years in Joplin, and died there in 1979. He is buried in Joplin
  • Thomas Hart Benton
    Thomas Hart Benton (painter)
    Thomas Hart Benton was an American painter and muralist. Along with Grant Wood and John Steuart Curry, he was at the forefront of the Regionalist art movement. His fluid, almost sculpted paintings showed everyday scenes of life in the United States...

    , painter and muralist; as a teenager made cartoons for the Joplin American
  • Lonny Chapman
    Lonny Chapman
    Lonny Chapman was an American television actor best known for his numerous guest star appearances on detective dramas, including Quincy, M.E., The A-Team, Murder, She Wrote, Matlock, and NYPD Blue...

    , actor; graduated from Joplin High School and Joplin Junior College (now Missouri Southern State University)
  • Alan Cockrell
    Alan Cockrell
    Atlee Alan Cockrell is a retired Major League Baseball outfielder. Cockrell is an alumnus of Joplin, MO's now-closed Parkwood High School where he was a standout on their championship football, baseball, and basketball teams, and the University of Tennessee, where he was an all-American...

    , coach for the Seattle Mariners
    Seattle Mariners
    The Seattle Mariners are a professional baseball team based in Seattle, Washington. Enfranchised in , the Mariners are a member of the Western Division of Major League Baseball's American League. Safeco Field has been the Mariners' home ballpark since July...

    ; attended Parkwood High School
  • Bill Grigsby
    Bill Grigsby
    William W. "Bill" Grigsby was an American sportscaster and member of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. Grigsby was best known for his work with the Kansas City Chiefs.-Personal life:...

    , sportscaster; began career broadcasting Joplin Miners baseball games
  • T.J. Holmes, journalist; began reporting career at KSNF
    KSNF
    KSNF, virtual channel 16, is the NBC-affiliated television station for the Joplin, Missouri-Pittsburg, Kansas television market, the 145th DMA. KSNF broadcasts its digital signal on UHF channel 46...

  • Christofer Drew Ingle, musician, under the alias Never Shout Never; attended Joplin Senior High
  • H. Dale Jackson
    H. Dale Jackson
    Reverend Dr. H. Dale Jackson was a Baptist minister, denominational leader and ethicist. He is most remembered for his efforts in promoting the historic distinctives...

    , Baptist minister and ethicist; lived in Joplin with his wife when they were newly married in 1949
  • Oliver Winfield Killam
    Oliver Winfield Killam
    Oliver Winfield Killam, also known as O.W. Killam , was a Texas oilman, a member of both houses of the Oklahoma State Legislature, a prominent civic figure, and a presidential elector in 1956 for the reelection of Dwight D. Eisenhower.-Early years:Killam was one of eight children born to David T....

    , Texas oil industrialist, former Oklahoma
    Oklahoma
    Oklahoma is a state located in the South Central region of the United States of America. With an estimated 3,751,351 residents as of the 2010 census and a land area of 68,667 square miles , Oklahoma is the 28th most populous and 20th-largest state...

     state legislator; lived in Joplin
  • Mickey Mantle
    Mickey Mantle
    Mickey Charles Mantle was an American professional baseball player. Mantle is regarded by many to be the greatest switch hitter of all time, and one of the greatest players in baseball history. Mantle was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.Mantle was noted for his hitting...

    , New York Yankees
    New York Yankees
    The New York Yankees are a professional baseball team based in the The Bronx, New York. They compete in Major League Baseball in the American League's East Division...

     outfielder and first baseman; played with the Class C "Joplin Miners
    Joplin Miners
    The Joplin Miners were a baseball team that lasted on and off from 1902 to 1953. They played in Joplin, Missouri. Initially, the team was known as the Colts before changing to Miners during the first season of play....

    " minor league baseball
    Minor league baseball
    Minor league baseball is a hierarchy of professional baseball leagues in the Americas that compete at levels below Major League Baseball and provide opportunities for player development. All of the minor leagues are operated as independent businesses...

     team in 1950
  • J. Eddie Peck
    J. Eddie Peck
    John Edward Peck is an American film and television actor, known professionally as J. Eddie Peck.He lived in Joplin, Missouri during the 1970s and graduated from Joplin Parkwood High School in 1976. He attended Missouri Southern State University.Much of Peck's work has been on both daytime and...

    , actor; was raised in Joplin, graduated from Parkwood High School
  • Rod Smith, wide receiver for the NFL's Denver Broncos
    Denver Broncos
    The Denver Broncos are a professional American football team based in Denver, Colorado. They are currently members of the West Division of the American Football Conference in the National Football League...

    ; graduated from Missouri Southern State University
  • Jeff Speakman
    Jeff Speakman
    Jeff Speakman is an American actor and a martial artist in the art of American kenpo karate and Japanese Goju-Ryu, earning blackbelts in each.-Early life:...

    , actor; graduated from Missouri Southern State University
  • Gabby Street
    Gabby Street
    Charles Evard “Gabby” Street , also nicknamed "The Old Sarge", was an American catcher, manager, coach and radio broadcaster in Major League Baseball during the first half of the 20th century. As a catcher, he participated in one of the most publicized baseball stunts of the century's first decade....

    , manager of the St. Louis Cardinals
    St. Louis Cardinals
    The St. Louis Cardinals are a professional baseball team based in St. Louis, Missouri. They are members of the Central Division in the National League of Major League Baseball. The Cardinals have won eleven World Series championships, the most of any National League team, and second overall only to...

    ; adopted Joplin as his hometown
  • Alvin Clarence Thomas, better known as Titanic Thompson
    Titanic Thompson
    Alvin Clarence Thomas  was an American gambler, golfer and hustler better known as Titanic Thompson. He traveled the country wagering at cards, dice games, golf, horseshoes and "proposition bets" of his own devising...

     American Road Gambler, Golfer and Hustler. Married first wife Nora Trushel in Joplin.
  • James Thrash
    James Thrash
    James Thrash is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 1997. He played college football at Missouri Southern State....

    , wide receiver for the NFL's Washington Redskins
    Washington Redskins
    The Washington Redskins are a professional American football team and members of the East Division of the National Football Conference in the National Football League . The team plays at FedExField in Landover, Maryland, while its headquarters and training facility are at Redskin Park in Ashburn,...

    ; graduated from Missouri Southern State University
  • Brian Williams
    Brian Williams
    Brian Douglas Williams is the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, the evening news program of the NBC television network, a position he assumed in 2004...

    , broadcaster; lived in Joplin for his first TV job at KOAM-TV
    KOAM-TV
    KOAM-TV is a television station in Pittsburg, Kansas broadcasting on channel 7 and affiliated with CBS. The station also serves Joplin, Missouri, along with the Four State Area region of Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri. KOAM-TV transmits from Columbus, Kansas, and is the sister station to...


People born in Joplin, Missouri

  • Tony Alamo
    Tony Alamo
    Tony Alamo is an American religious leader and convicted child sex offender. He and his late wife Susan are best known as the founders of an organization currently known as Tony Alamo Christian Ministries. The organization is based in and around Fouke and Alma, Arkansas, United States, and has...

    , religious evangelist, convicted child sexual abuser and polygamist
  • John Whitby Allen
    John Whitby Allen
    John Whitby Allen was an American model railroader who created the famous HO scale, Gorre & Daphetid model railroad in Monterey, California and authored numerous magazine articles on model railroading starting in the 1940s...

    , photographer and model railroading pioneer
  • Emily Newell Blair
    Emily Newell Blair
    Emily Newell Blair was an American writer, suffragist, feminist, national Democratic Party political leader, and a founder of the League of Women Voters.-Early life and ancestors:...

    , was an American writer, suffragist, national Democratic Party political leader, a founder of the League of Women Voters and feminist.
  • Billy Cook
    Billy Cook (criminal)
    William Edward "Billy" Cook was an American spree killer who murdered six people on a 22-day rampage between Missouri and California in 1950–51.-Early life:...

    , a serial killer
  • Robert Cummings
    Robert Cummings
    Charles Clarence Robert Orville Cummings , mostly known professionally as Robert Cummings but sometimes as Bob Cummings, was an American film and television actor....

    , actor
  • Scott Elbert
    Scott Elbert
    Timothy Scott Elbert is a left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Dodgers.-High school years:...

    , Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Langston Hughes
    Langston Hughes
    James Mercer Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form jazz poetry. Hughes is best known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance...

    , poet and writer
  • Christofer Drew Ingle, singer (raised in Joplin, Missouri; born in San Diego, California)
  • Hale Irwin
    Hale Irwin
    Hale S. Irwin is an American professional golfer. He is one of the few players in history to have won three U.S. Opens and was one of the world's leading golfers for much of the 1970s and 1980s. He has also developed a career as a golf course architect.Irwin was born in Joplin, Missouri, but was...

    , golfer
  • Jack Jewsbury
    Jack Jewsbury
    Jack Jewsbury is an American soccer player who currently plays for Portland Timbers in Major League Soccer.-Youth and College:...

    , captain of the Portland Timbers
    Portland Timbers
    Portland Timbers may refer to any of four distinct professional soccer teams:*Portland Timbers, a Major League Soccer expansion team that began playing in 2011....

     of Major League Soccer
    Major League Soccer
    Major League Soccer is a professional soccer league based in the United States and sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation . The league is composed of 19 teams — 16 in the U.S. and 3 in Canada...

  • Tito Landrum
    Tito Landrum
    Terry Lee Landrum , is a former professional baseball player who played in the Major Leagues primarily as an outfielder from 1980-1988....

    , baseball player
  • Jamie McMurray
    Jamie McMurray
    James Christopher "Jamie" McMurray is a professional American race car driver. McMurray is best known for winning the 2002 UAW-GM Quality 500 as a substitute driver in his second Winston Cup start, and is one of three drivers to win both the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 in the same year...

     NASCAR driver
  • Charles McPherson
    Charles McPherson (musician)
    Charles McPherson is an American jazz alto saxophonist born in Joplin, Missouri and raised in Detroit, Michigan, most notable for his work from 1960-1972 with Charles Mingus....

    , jazz musician
  • Darryl R. Matthews, Sr., Past General President, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
  • Elva Miller, singer
  • Lisa Myers
    Lisa Myers
    Lisa Myers is the senior investigative correspondent for NBC Nightly News.A 1973 graduate of the University of Missouri's Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, Missouri, she joined NBC in 1981. From 1979 to 1981, Myers was White House correspondent for The Washington Star...

    , broadcast journalist
  • Charles Plumb
    Charles Plumb (cartoonist)
    Charles Plumb was an American cartoonist best known for maintaining a high quality of artwork on the comic strip Ella Cinders over three decades. He usually signed his work with the signature Charlie Plumb or Chas. Plumb....

    , cartoonist of the syndicated Ella Cinders
    Ella Cinders
    Ella Cinders was a syndicated comic strip created by writer Bill Conselman and artist Charles Plumb. Distributed by United Feature Syndicate, the daily version was launched June 1, 1925, and a Sunday page followed two years later...

    comic strip
    Comic strip
    A comic strip is a sequence of drawings arranged in interrelated panels to display brief humor or form a narrative, often serialized, with text in balloons and captions....

  • Carl Pomerance
    Carl Pomerance
    Carl Bernard Pomerance is a well-known number theorist. He attended college at Brown University and later received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1972 with a dissertation proving that any odd perfect number has at least 7 distinct prime factors. He immediately joined the faculty at the...

    , mathematician
  • Darrell Porter
    Darrell Porter
    Darrell Ray Porter was a former American professional baseball catcher. He played in Major League Baseball for the Milwaukee Brewers, Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers. He was known for his excellent defensive skills and power hitting...

    , baseball player
  • Mel Purcell
    Mel Purcell
    Mel Purcell is a former World No. 17 tennis player in the ATP tennis rankings. He is the head coach of the Murray State University men's tennis team...

    , tennis player
  • Pattiann Rogers
    Pattiann Rogers
    Pattiann Rogers is an American poet who has published 11 books and received numerous awards, grants and fellowships.She was born in Joplin, Missouri, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri in 1961...

    , poet
  • Pauline Starke
    Pauline Starke
    Pauline Starke was an American silent-film actress born in Joplin, Missouri.She made her acting debut appearing as a dance extra in D.W. Griffith's film Intolerance...

    , silent film actress
  • William Tobin
    William Tobin
    William Joseph Tobin was an American newspaper journalist, reporter and editor. Tobin was the first correspondent for The Associated Press to be based in Juneau, Alaska.-Early life:...

    , journalist
  • Dennis Weaver
    Dennis Weaver
    William Dennis Weaver was an American actor, best known for his work in television, including roles on Gunsmoke, as Marshal Sam McCloud on the NBC police drama McCloud, and the 1971 TV movie Duel....

    , actor
  • Percy Wenrich
    Percy Wenrich
    Percy Wenrich was a United States composer of ragtime and popular music.Born in Joplin, Missouri, he left for Chicago in 1901 and moved on to New York City around 1907 to work as a Tin Pan Alley composer, but his music retains a Missouri folk flavor...

    , composer
  • Grant Wistrom
    Grant Wistrom
    Grant Alden Wistrom, , is a former American Football defensive end who played for the St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks during his 9 year career...

    , former NFL
    National Football League
    The National Football League is the highest level of professional American football in the United States, and is considered the top professional American football league in the world. It was formed by eleven teams in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association, with the league changing...

     defensive end
    Defensive end
    Defensive end is the name of a defensive position in the sport of American and Canadian football.This position has designated the players at each end of the defensive line, but changes in formations have substantially changed how the position is played over the years...


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