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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.

Swimmin Hole Water Park

Swimmin’ Hole Water Park

The sun comes up over the Joplin horizon, water is turned on and just for a bit the running water from the splash pads and waterslides along with the morning birds are the only noise in the rural...

indian ridge mansions

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...

kkk cave

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...

first congregational church neosho

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...

Union Depot - Joplin

Union Depot – Joplin

The Union Depot of Joplin was designed by prominent Kansas City architect Louis Curtiss. The construction of the larger than most train station began in April of 2010 and took a little over a year to...

naval reserve training center

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...

Odd Fellows Home of Liberty

Odd Fellows Home of Liberty

Winner Hotel In early 1889 progress on the brand new Winner Hotel was moving quickly and almost wrapping up. Named after Willard E. Winner, founder of North Kansas City (Winner) Investment Company...

Alba High School

Alba High School

The student body outgrew their current education facility at Alba and plans to build a new school were accepted in February of 1907, exciting the community. The new high school would have eight...

Schell City Jail

Schell City Jail

The Schell City Jail sits on the edge of town, lonely, neglected and forgotten about. With little history documented online, it seems this chapter of Schell City’s history has been shut for...

Sumner Jail

Sumner Jail

The Sumner Jail was dedicated in June 1906 with the first inmate being Frank Pearson, a horse tamer. The new concrete fireproof structure was to replace the previous calaboose which was set on fire...

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