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kessler park water reservoir

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...

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...

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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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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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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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Blue Ridge Mall

The 50s and 60s, the era of the shopping mall. The vision for an indoor, air-conditioned central building with endless shops. The first shopping mall was built in 1956 and it wasn’t long after...

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...

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