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Joplin City

Joplin City Hall is located at 300 South Main Street, Joplin MO 64801; phone: 417-623-7953.

Aerial View of Downtown, Joplin, MO.

Photo: Aerial View of Downtown, Joplin, MO. Photographed by User:Turnej1 (own work), 2009, [cc0-by-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed May, 2011.

Beginnings [1]

Joplin, the mining metropolis of southwest Missouri, is the commercial center of the great lead and zinc district, which produces four-fifths of the entire zinc output of the United States. It is the fourth city of the State, having a population of 30,000, as shown by an unofficial census taken by the school enumerators, May, 1903. The history of Joplin dates from August, 1870, when E. R. Moffitt and John B. Sergeant struck a rich body of mineral in the Joplin creek valley, and mining commenced in real earnest. Joplin has had three booms, or periods of great business activity, but has never experienced a setback, such as sometimes follow a great wave of prosperity. Her growth has been steady, every one of the censuses showing an increase in population, and her business, educational, religious and social side of life have kept pace with her rapid growth and development.

  1. Williams, Walter, The State of Missouri: An Autobiography, 1904, Press of E. W. Stephens, Columbia
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