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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.

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Kessler Park Water Reservoir

What was first called North Terrace Park has now been renamed to Kessler Park, hence why this location is most commonly known as the Kessler Park Water Reservoir. The idea for the reservoir came...

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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...

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Ku Klux Klan Cave – Neosho

The Ku Klux Klan was created as a result of the Civil War and the loss of the Confederate soldiers to keep slavery in the southern states. Formed originally as a “social club” it quickly...

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Stone School of Noel

Traveling along a bendy highway, lucious trees on one side, a wide river on the other. As you pass by a small opening in the foliage to reveal atop a grassy hill a lone stone building. The roof has...

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Indian Ridge Mansions

It’s not every day that you come across an abandoned mansion, let alone a whole neighborhood of them. The Indian Ridge Mansions development has been the subject of controversy and headache to...

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First Congregational Church of Neosho

The (First) Congregational Church of Neosho was organized on August 12, 1866 with eight founding members. The first services were held in the Baptist Church until their own building was built at the...

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Naval Reserve Training Center

Dating back to March 29, 1947, when Vice-Admiral G.D. Murray was sent to Joplin to select the site of a brand new Naval Reserve Training Center. Soon thereafter construction began but took almost two...

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Rosebank School

The one-room schools scattered across Jasper County never cease to amaze me. Made of different materials, different styles, and different architectural types. The Rosebank School sits just on the...

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Vernon County Jail

It is once in a blue moon that I come across architecture that stops me in my tracks. The former Vernon County Jail building in Nevada, Missouri is that once-in-a-blue-moon building, and currently...

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Ardes Villa

Redings Mill Pool The magical property nowadays knows as Ardes Villa wasnt always called this and some might not know the property is actually about a century old. Starting out as the Redings Mill...

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