Joplin City of Wealth

In the eleven years after the first pictorial survey of Joplin was issued in 1902, the city grew substantially, especially in an upward direction. The Connor Hotel, Newman’s Department Store, and the Frisco Building had risen to dominate the city’s skyline. This 1913 booklet devotes the majority of its 44 photographs to businesses, manufacturing facilities, and other commercial enterprises, many of them not pictured elsewhere on this web site. The 1902 and 1913 booklets together present a portrait of a city quite sure of itself and its place in the universe. Joplin was minting money for the mine owners and anyone else who had managed to latch onto a piece of the profits being pulled from the ground. In 1913, Joplin truly was “the city of wealth, industry and opportunity” for Joplin business owners and entrepreneurs.

Subject Index

Bell Telephone Building
Bird’s-eye View
Boucher Cigar Factory
Brand-Dunwoody Mill
Champion Drilling Contest
Christman Dry Goods
Connor Hotel
Country Club
Cunningham Building
Elks’ Club
Empire District Electric
Fourth Street
Frisco Building
Grand Falls
Hatcher Mercantile
Home Brewing and Ice
Independent Building
Independent Candy
Joplin Grocer Co.
Joplin High School
Joplin Printing
Joplin Sash and Door Works
Joplin Supply
Keystone Hotel
Lakeside Park
Main Street
McElhany-Tatem Furnishing Goods
Miners’ Bank
Moffet Avenue
New Joplin Theatre
Newman’s Department Store
Picher Lead
Post Office and Federal Building
Ramsay Dry Goods
Redell Manufacturing
Spring Drug
St. John’s Hospital
Thomas Fruit Co.
Union Depot
United Iron Works

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