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rosebank school

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...

vernon county jail

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...

prosperity school

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...

stone school noel school

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...

wheaton jail

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...

ha ha tonka mansion

Ha Ha Tonka Mansion

When driving through the Ozarks of Camden County one can expect to see an abundance of sparkling springs, waterfalls, lakes, caves, and acres of trees. The Ha Ha Tonka State Park is comprised of a...

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Hall Theater

Cassville Community Building When I first heard and laid eyes on this building, it was unfortunately at the end of its lifetime. Our Photojournalist Billy Wade is oftentimes very intertwined in...

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...

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