Joplin to Mark 150th Anniversary of City’s Platting

(Joplin, MO) – The Joplin Celebrations Commission will mark the 150th anniversary of the platting of the City of Joplin on Wednesday, July 28 at 9:00 am.. The public is invited to the event, which will be held at the corner of Cox Avenue and Central Street.

The commemoration will include a recounting of the historic actions of 150 years ago, by Joplin historian Brad Belk. In short one of Joplin’s founding fathers, John C. Cox laid out the first mining community east of Joplin Creek. His plat known as Joplin City was filed for record with the State of Missouri on July 28, 1871. Lots immediately became available. Henry Blockwell purchased the first lot and constructed a home on the northwest corner of Cox & Central.

Belk added, “Following the 1871 platting of Joplin City the adjacent mining community of Murphysburg merged two years later to form the town of Joplin. The newly organized Jasper County community was permanently incorporated with the state of Missouri on March 23, 1873.”

According to the commission co-chair Patrick Tuttle, “The Celebrations Commission is charged with commemorating the milestones of Joplin’s history leading up to the city’s sesquicentennial in 2023. But next up, the commission is putting the final details together for marking the state of Missouri’s bicentennial on August 10 with several neighborhood ice cream socials.”


Patrick Tuttle, Director
Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau

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