Joplin Travel Guide

  • Joplin Historic District
    Joplin Historic District
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  • Joplin Museum Complex
    Joplin Museum Complex
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  • Joplin Visitors Center
    Joplin Visitors Center
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Joplin Things to Do

  • Other Murals

    There are a number of other murals in town that depict the history of the town and its present day character. Efforts on my part to meet the woman that modeled for the figure wrapped in the curtain (photo 3) met with negative results.

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  • Joplin Mural

    There are several murals in Joplin but the one I found most interesting was this one. It is made of quite a number of citizens of the town holding signs they made that say "I am _____". This really gives you an idea of what the citizens of the town are like and their diversity.

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  • Joplin Public Library

    The Joplin Public Library is kind of three libraries in one. It houses the typical public library, a special children's library and the Post Memorial Art Reference Library. The building itself is pretty impressive and the interior even more so. The main reading room is made to resemble a Renaissance-era English great hall and houses a nice...

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  • Murphysburg Residential Historic...

    Another great free thing to do in Joplin is take a walking tour through the magnificent Murphysburg Residential Historic District. This district has an impressive collection of Queen Anne and Victorian style homes and historically/architecturally interesting businesses and churches.

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  • Joplin Historic Districts

    Joplin has a number of historic districts with numerous buildings of historical and/or architectural interest. There are 5 districts and quite a few buildings in Joplin listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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  • Spiva Park

    Spiva Park is a nice little spot of green amongst the concrete and asphalt of a typical city downtown area. The park is dedicated to businessman/philanthropist George A. Spiva. I liked the statue of Spiva sitting on a park bench looking out on the city he loved, and the fountain dedicated to the mining industry that helped start the town.

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  • Spiva Arts Center

    This center was started by businessman/philanthropist George A. Spiva and has provided a fine arts experience to the public for almost 60 years. After moving a few times the center seems to have found a permanent home downtown in the old Cosgrove Building. Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Saturday and 1 PM to 5 PM on Sunday. Admission is...

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  • Route 66 Carousel Park

    Route 66 Carousel Park is a small amusement park with a variety of carnival-type rides and concessions, along with two mini-golf courses, batting cages, and more. Lots of variation in pricing and hours so check out their website for planning your visit.

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  • Schifferdecker Park

    There are a multitude of things to do in Schifferdecker Park besides (or in addition to) visiting the museums. The park has a pool, a playground, golf course, tennis courts, basketball hoops, picnic area, shade trees to beat the heat and lots of ground to stretch your legs. Schifferdecker Park has been an attraction along Route 66 since 1932.

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  • Joplin Museum Complex

    The Joplin Museum Complex is located in Schifferdecker Park. It consists of 5 museums: The Everett J. Ritchie Tri-State Mineral Museum, The Dorothea B. Hoover Historical Museum, The Empire District Electric Company Museum, The Joplin Sports Authority Sports Hall of Fame, and The National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum. Hours are 10 AM to 7 PM on...

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  • Murals in City Hall

    Also while you are in the city hall, check out the beautiful murals by Thomas Hart Benton and Anthony Benton Gude (grandson of Thomas Benton). The Benton Mural depicts Joplin in 1900 (sorry, my pic did not come out well) and the Gude Mural depicts Joplin in the heyday of Route 66. Both are quite nice and worth the effort to see.

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  • Missouri Welcome Center

    As you first enter Missouri along Interstate 44 you will find a nice Missouri Welcome Center at Mile Marker 2, near Joplin. This is a great place to stop and pick up maps and brochures to help you plan your visit, advice from the knowledgeable attendants, and a free cup of coffee. Make sure you also get one of the free coupon books for hotels along...

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Joplin Hotels

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  • Residence Inn Joplin

    3128 East Hammons Boulevard, Joplin, Missouri, 64804, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Drury Inn And Suites Joplin

    3601 Rangeline Road, Joplin, Missouri, 64804, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Hilton Garden Inn Joplin

    2644 E. 32nd Street, Joplin, Missouri, 64804, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Joplin Restaurants

  • Love Italian

    Great food, reasonable prices, wonderful people pretty much describes this Italian restaurant. All the entrees are in the $9-13.00 range, which I consider to be very fair, given the excellent quality and authenticity of what Carino’s serves.While I have never been overly thrilled with the prospect of chain-store dining, the magic at Carino’s comes...

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  • Possibly the BEST steak on RT 66 ??

    A great place to eat. Located on the old city alignment of Route 66, it looks a little run down (like the rest of the neighborhood) but safe. But inside, a totally different experience. Period decor of an upscale, fine resturant. outstanding service and great steaks (typical for this part of the country). Overlooked by most of the RT66 books (a...

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  • Very urbane place!

    I was pleasantly surprised by the urbane, sophisticated atmosphere of this restaurant. Here on a business trip, I was accompanied by several co-workers. Those of us who ordered steaks were well-pleased, and everything seemed to be fresh and well-prepared. The one drawback perhaps were the cooked carrots; they seemed to have sugar added, like the...

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Joplin Warnings and Dangers

  • by Allen_Romero Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Joplin is beautiful and for the most part safe... But considering the town's history, there is something you should know... Joplin has its roots in lead mining. There's lead everywhere... SO FOR GOSH SAKES DON'T DRINK THE TAP WATER!

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Joplin Tourist Traps

  • by Allen_Romero Written Aug 26, 2002

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    In the neighboring city, Webb City, there are these giant hands sticking out of a mountain. It is a monument to peace through the power of prayer. If big hands are your thing, go see it. If you're driving past, don't freak out too bad and lose control of your car... They're just hands!

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Joplin Off The Beaten Path

  • Museum

    In Shifenderfer (sp?) park is an interesting museam of early Joplin and mining. Eagle Pitcher had a large lead mine west of Joplin. I used to play in the mountain of trailings as a child.Park is not far west of the city on old US 66.

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  • Ozark Spook Lights

    About 12 miles SW of Joplin is an area known for the spook lights. They are unexplained orbs of light that shoot around the countryside...or they are reflections of headlights, depending on who you talk to. Even though I have planned many times to go sit on a godofrsaken empty country road to see them in person, I have always seemed to find...

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  • History abound! If you are a...

    History abound! If you are a fan of classic architecture, then you have got to see Joplin's historic district! It is like a drive through museum... Majestic Victorian spires, Impressive colonials... Wow! The historic district is immediately north and west of downtown, take 7th west, then any of the first seven streets past main street north...

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Joplin Favorites

  • by Allen_Romero Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Watch for the Hornet Spook Light. There's a small community SW of Joplin where you can see a ghost! No BS!

    Fondest memory: Joplin is a dream come true for me. I've searched almost every state in the west before coming east... And here I am! I haven't traveled much since coming here, except for business... To put down what I think of the biggest little town in Missouri would require more bandwidth than the servers could handle!

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