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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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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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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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Prosperity School

During the early months of 1907, the Prosperity School Board began discussing the possibilities of erecting a new modern schoolhouse. They claimed to have the biggest budget in the district and given...

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Wheaton Jail

The Wheaton Jail is an amazingly preserved example of a single cell jail from the early 1900s. These small jails were typically made of concrete, built to last decades and deter the most rambunctious...

Cypress Acres/Hoffmeister Mansion

Cypress Acres/Hoffmeister Mansion

This once-grand home, known as the Hoffmeister Mansion in later years, has surmounted to nothing but memories and dust for those that often drove by it going between Joplin and Webb City. Thought to...

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...

Koshkonong Jail

Koshkonong Jail

The Kosh City Jail is typical of a frontier calaboose, a single cell constructed of concrete and tiny windows. Allegedly constructed in 1902 the city got many years of use out of the jail, although...

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