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Author - Emily Cowan

Emily is a two-time published author of "Abandoned Oklahoma: Vanishing History of the Sooner State" and "Abandoned Topeka: Psychiatric Capital of the World". With over two hundred published articles on our websites. Exploring since 2018 every aspect of this has become a passion for her. From educating, fighting to preserve, writing, and learning about history there is nothing she would rather do.

St. Augustine Catholic Church

St. Augustine Catholic Church

The laying of the cornerstone of a massive new Gothic-Revival St. Augustine Catholic Church happened on May 3, 1896. The church that would be called St. Augustine was designed by German immigrant...

granby masonic lodge

Granby Masonic Lodge

This grand structure sits in downtown Granby bearing above its entrance the date of its construction ‘1901’ and the symbol of the Masons. The two-story building’s second story was...

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Camp Mintahama

I can still picture waking up on a morning in early summer, spending the whole night before packing and triple checking my checklist to make sure I had all the things I would need on the adventure...

4 acre motel

4 Acre Motel

The once beautiful 4 Acre Motel was constructed around 1940 and dubbed the “Prosperous for All”. With its 24 rooms in a “Liberty-style” building, a family restaurant, cocktail lounge, 24...

olivia apartments

Olivia Apartments

Olivia Apartments Hotel In 1906 a building permit was issued in Joplin for the “Olivia Apartment Hotel” for $150,000. The genius behind one of the first luxury apartments in the Joplin...

hailey school

Hailey School House

In November 1884 the plot of land that would in time become home of the Hailey School house was purchased by William McKinney and Newton L. & Nancy Hailey. Nancy (McKinnley) Hailey was the...

Emerson Elementary School

Emerson Elementary School

Emerson Elementary School began (and ended) as a neighborhood school built in 1930. It was almost visually identical to Columbia Elementary, Alcott Elementary, West Central Elementary, and the...

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Belmont Casket Factory

While not much written documentation of the Belmont Casket Factory in Crane Missouri, what is documented paints a pretty interesting story. Built prior to the 1960s, the Belmont Casket Factory was...

metro north mall

Metro North Mall

The Pleasure of Shopping… Metro North! The Metro North Mall while a few years late to the surge of malls the 1960s still brought one of the best eye appeals of the 70s. The mall officially...

Crane Jail

Crane Jail

A few newspaper reports about the Crane Jail detail some of the harrowing things that this jail saw. The Crane Chronicle January 10, 1935 – Leonard Short was named one of four bandits who...

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