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olivia apartments

Olivia Apartments

Olivia Apartments Hotel In 1906 a building permit was issued in Joplin for the “Olivia Apartment Hotel” for $150,000. The genius behind one of the first luxury apartments in the Joplin...

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 for...

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...

blue ridge mall

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...

Swimmin Hole Water Park

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...

Alba High School

Alba High School

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

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