In September 1871, Murphysburg was incorporated in Missouri and named for co-founder Patrick Murphy. At the time, Murphysburg was generally on the west side of Joplin Creek and Joplin City was on the east side of the creek. Although the two cities had a contentious relationship, they merged and incorporated in March 1873, under the name of Joplin.

This event is a way to have fun with history and learn about the rehabilitation and future use of four significant Murphysburg properties—the Olivia Apartments at 4th and Moffet, plus the Schifferdecker, Zelleken, and Rogers Houses near 4th and Sergeant.


Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. will host an event on Saturday, September 11, 2021, to commemorate the 150th year anniversary of the incorporation of the town of Murphysburg. Murphysburg Sesquicentennial Celebration . . . Patrick Murphy’s Legacy will showcase the past and future of the Murphysburg Historic District via a behind-the-scenes tour of an ambitious preservation project, rare visits to several private gardens, pools, and porches, and numerous street fair activities.

FREE ACTIVITIES – The celebration will be on Saturday, September 11, 2021 from 2 to 6 pm, on Sergeant Avenue between 2nd and 5th Street.  Activities include Irish heritage musical entertainment by The Sea Hollies (a local Joplin band) and Irish dancing demonstrations with audience participation.  The area’s German heritage will also be featured with music from the The GAST Blaskapelle community band affiliated with the German American Society of Tulsa. The Blaskapelle (German for “wind band”) is modeled after community bands found throughout Europe where similar musical groups are considered key parts of their community’s cultural life.  American style standards will be performed by the Heartland Concert Band.  Other activities include a walking tour and scavenger hunt; period costumed reenactors; equestrian demonstrations by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Posse, miniature train rides, and more.  Joplin’s city flower, the iris, will be spotlighted.  A Patriot Day flag ceremony will honor the victims and first responders of 9/11.  A human “1 5 0” formation will be created and photographed.  Docents will educate visitors about architectural details, stories about the original homeowners, and tidbits of history.

REFRESHMENTS will be available for purchase by mobile food vendors.


Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc., is a non-profit organization that implements charitable and educational activities, which promotes and stimulates historic awareness throughout Joplin.  Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the activities of HMP.

The event is in cooperation with Joplin Historical Neighborhoods, Inc.  

For details or to purchase advance tickets call 417-208-9376, send an email to

The Hard hat Restortion tours are sold out.  Many thanks go out to Joplin Historical Neighborhood  for sharing their restoration story. If you would be interested in doing a tour in the future please email with your contact info so we can let you know information on futrue tours.

There will be many fun events going on September 11 besides the Hard Hat Tour.  Please visit our event to enjoy and learn about our neighborhood vibe.

TICKETED EVENT OPTIONS – Tickets can be purchased for the beer and wine tasting tent in advance for $15 or $20 at the event.  Must be 21 years old to enter the tent.  Tickets are good from 2 to 6 pm.  The Joplin Homebrew Club will host the beer tasting and Just a Taste will host the wine tasting.

Separate tickets can be purchased to tour the private Murphysburg Pool & Gardens.  Advance tickets are $15 or $20 at the event.  Tickets are good from 2 to 6 pm.

Limited tickets are only available in advance for $30 for the guided tour of the historic Charles Schifferdecker House and Edward Zelleken House restoration project.   Guests must choose between the 2 pm tour or 4 pm tour that will take up to 90 minutes.  Hardhats will be available, or guests may bring their own.  Guests must wear closed-toe shoes on the tour.  Due to the design of the historic properties, stairs, and construction activities, handicap accessibility is limited. 

Historic Murphysburg Preservation’s mission is to promote historic preservation throughout the Murphysburg Residential Historic District and the City of Joplin.  We seek to preserve the integrity of the downtown residential community, educate visitors about our rich history, save limited natural resources, and instill community pride.

In 2008, Senate Bill No. 911 was passed by the 94th Missouri General Assembly designating the ice cream cone as the official dessert of the state of Missouri.

The first ice cream cone was produced in 1896 by Italo Marchiony. Marchiony, who emigrated from Italy in the late 1800s, invented his ice cream cone in New York City. He was granted a patent in December 1903.

Although Marchiony is credited with the invention of the cone, a similar creation was independently introduced at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair by Ernest A. Hamwi, a Syrian concessionaire.

Hamwi was selling a crisp, waffle-like pastry – zalabis – in a booth right next to an ice cream vendor. Because of ice cream’s popularity, the vendor ran out of dishes. Hamwi saw an easy solution to the ice cream vendor’s problem: he quickly rolled one of his wafer-like waffles in the shape of a cone, or cornucopia, and gave it to the ice cream vendor. The cone cooled in a few seconds, the vendor put some ice cream in it, the customers were happy, and the cone was on its way to becoming the great American institution that it is today.

Coloring JOMO: Women Who Made Their Mark

This premiere edition is the result of a collaboration between Post Art Library, Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc., (Hey, that’s us!) and Visit Joplin. The illustrations are by artist Martha Goldman.

Celebrating some of the women who have called Joplin home, Women Who Made Their Mark features activists, artists, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and pioneers who made significant contributions to our community and beyond:

Although this book highlights only a dozen of the many exceptional women from Joplin history, we hope it encourages exploration of the impact women have had in our community.

Homes of Murphysburg!

Austin Allen House

Austin Allen 112 Seargeant

Murphysburg Sesquicentennial….Patrick Murphy’s Legacy

Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. will host an event on...

The Benedict Landauer House

118 South Moffet Avenue
Circa 1902~ Queen Anne

Featured architectural detail. oriel window

A. B McConnell/Sol Newman House

115 South Moffet
Circa 1899 ~ Free Classic Queen Anne
Features architectural details, Dentils and Art Glass

Adam Scott House

202 South Sergeant
Circa 1899 ~ Queen Anne
Featured architectural detail, brackets

The Simon Schwartz House

420 South Byers Avenue
Circa 1890 ~ Queen Anne
C. W. Kellogg, Architect

Julius Fischer House

Julius Fischer House


After the May 2011 Joplin Tornado destroyed Unity of Joplin’s house of worship, they chose to purchase and restore the former Women’s Club rather than rebuild their former building. The Neal Group Construction Company was hired as the general contractor for the renovations.

2019 Home for the Holidays… in Joplin

Home for the Holidays…in Joplin


North Heights Neighborhood

Katherine J. (Foley) Douthat House

531 South Sergeant Avenue
Circa 1932 ~ Tudor Revival
Featured architectural details, Art glass

Cadi Klein House

622 South Sergeant Avenue
Circa 1900, Queen Anne
Architectual details are Doric Columns and Pediment

Frank Sharp/Nett Murphy House

212 South Moffet
Circa 1909 ~ Spanish Mission
Architectural details are, Mission parapet, Art glass


603 North Pearl Avenue
North Heights
Richardson House

William B McAntire House

524 West Fifth
Circa1905 ~ Queen Anne
Architectural details are, Palladian window, Pediment, Bay window

Gustave A Kleinkauf

Phone: (417) 438-6808 –
Address: 523 S. Sergeant, Joplin

Charles G. Henderson House

518 South Sergeant  Circa ~ 1917 ~ Colonial Revival ~ Murphysburg  Originally...

Morgan’s Grocery Store

505 West Second Street
Circa 1934 ~ Depression era
Concrete Block Commercial Building

Restoring A Historic Building

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Arthur Waite House

616 South Sergeant
Circa 1906 ~ Colonial Revival
Architects Garstang and Rea

Henry McNeal House

220 South Moffet
Circa 1908 ~ Craftsman
Architectual Details are,Oriel window, Art glass, Carriage steps

Fletcher Snapp House

501 South Sergean
Circa 1905 ~ Colonial Revival

George Lavery House

608 South Sergeant
Circa 1899~ Queen Anne

Featured architecture, gable Detail

Jesse Starr House

Colonial Revival circa 1902


4TH Street Lofts-R&S Chevrolet Building

The Henry Weymann House

508 South Sergeant’
Circa 1891 ~ Queen Anne
Architectural feature, Art Glass

Valley of Joplin Scottish Rite Cathedral

505 South Byers
Circa 1923 ~ Beaux-Arts style
Bronze double doors, Light windows with “Union Jack” lights, Art glass, Keystone and spandrels with floral motif panels.

The Thomas Connor Nolan House

106 South Moffet
Circa 1902 ~ Free Classic Queen Anne
Featured architectural details are Ionic columns and Hitching post

Alfred Harrison Rogers House

623 West Fourth
Circa 1899 ~ Classical Revival
Architectural details are, Broken pediment, Art glass

Edward Zelleken House

406 South Sergeant
Circa 1893 ~ Queen Anne
Architectural features Parapets and Art Glass

Frank Childress House

302 South Sergeant  ~ Circa 1922 ~ Prairie ~ Architectual details ~ Art...

Thomas Lennan House

219 South Sergeant
Circa 1917 ~ Colonial Revival
Architect, Austin Allen

Featured architectural detail, door with curved pediments

Elisha Mathew/George N. Spiva House

611 South Sergeant
Circa 1902~ Colonial Revival

The Olivia Hotel and Apartments

320 South Moffet  Olivia Apartments - Arthur Bendelari 1906 ~ Late 19/Early 20...

Frye/BaSom House

The Frye/BaSom House

James I. Geddes House

Geddes House and Air b&B

Joplin Visitors & Convention Center

Stay awhile and enjoy Joplin!

Oliver Shepard Picher House

210 South Sergeant
Circa 1904 ~ Colonial Revival

Featured architectural detail, modillions

William Houk House

218 South Sergeant
Circa 1909 ~ American foursquare: Classical elements
Featured architectural detail, oculus window

John Wise House

504 South Byers
Circa 1898 ~ Queen Ann
Architectural details are, Art glass, Brackets, Spindle work, Bay windows, Pediment, Fish scale
August Michaelis (Architect)

United Hebrew Congregation

United Hebrew congregation

Dr. Albert Newton Winchester

Dr. Albert Newton Winchester
507 South Sergeant
1905-1906 Queen Anne

Charles Schifferdecker House

422 South Sergeant
Circa 1890~ Romanesque
Featured architectural detail, hops Vines Frieze

Frederick Wilber House

Wilson Hutton District
117 North Moffet Avenue
circa 1906 ~ American Foursquare

Good Urbanism

“Urban Living”
Murphysburg area offers a place to live, shop, dine and play,

John Johnson House aka Schifferdecker Gardner’s House

419 South Jackson Circa 1890 ~ Tudor Revival Features...

The Fredrick H. Rogers House | North Heights Neighborhood | 536 North Wall | Historic Local Landmark

The Fredrick H. Rogers House | North Heights Neighborhood | 536 North Wall | Historic Local Landmark

Learn more about our the historic Murphysburg neighborhood using our interactive map!  You can virtually explore the entire Murphysburg district and learn about the people responsible for building our beautiful city.

Past events and Attractions

Dickensfest 2010

Dickensfest 2010-2011-2012-2013-2014 Dickensfest is Joplin's Murphysburg Historic Residential District signature holiday festival. Live shows, characters, animals, nativity, petting zoo, concerts, music, arts, crafts, Olde English Village, food, Victorian Magic...

2013 100th Year Anniversary of the Historic Frisco Building

100th Year Anniversary of the Historic Frisco Building The 100th year anniversary celebration of the historic Frisco Building, 601-605 South Main Street, Joplin, Missouri will be held on Thursday, October 17 starting at 4 p.m.  The event will be held in conjunction...

Joplin Area Veterans Day Parade

Joplin Area Veterans Day Parade Saturday November 5, 2016 CELEBRATE • HONOR • REMEMBER The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month Veterans Day is the solemn day to thank all those that served in our military both in wartime and in peacetime.  Help...

100th Anniversary of Joplin’s Jewish Temple – 2016

100 Year Anniversary of Joplin’s Jewish Temple Open House Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. (HMP) will partner with the United Hebrew Congregation of Joplin when the doors of the iconic Jewish temple at 702 South Sergeant Avenue will open to the public...

Ongoing commitment to promote the health of body, mind and family though out our community Murphysburg has gone PINK & PURPLE

In order to honor victims, patients, survivors, and their loved ones during Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the historic Murphysburg residential district (generally Sergeant and Moffet from First to Seventh Streets) is...

2019 Home for the Holidays… in Joplin

Home for the Holidays…in Joplin

1914 Great War Christmas Peace Truce, in the trenches of Ypres, Belgium

The Christmas Truce of 1914 is often celebrated as a symbolic moment of peace in a violent war. The true spirit of Christmas prevails with Men from the Royal Dublin Fusiliers meet their German counterparts in no man’s land somewhere in the deadly Ypres Salient*,...

2015 Mr. Charles Schifferdecker, Remembered & Revisited A Century Later

Mr. Charles Schifferdecker, Remembered & Revisited Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. (HMP) will now celebrate another era of significance by highlighting its most notable businessman and philanthropist.  On October 30 and 31, 2015, HMP’s newest event is,...

Annual Membership Meeting

Annual Membership Meeting Morgan's Grocery Store Save the Date! 2016 Murphysburg Annual Membership Meeting Location: Morgan’s Grocery Store, circa 1934, 505 West Second Street Hosts: Dr. Blake Webster and Dr. Amykay Cole Date: Friday, October 14, 6:30 pm Guest...

2013 Missouri Statewide Preservation Conference in Historic the Newman Building

Don’t miss the Missouri Preservation Conference to be held this year in historic Boonville September 18-20. In addition to the full schedule of educational sessions, two full-day workshops will be conducted – one concerning Historic Building Development & Tax...

2014 Joplin celebrates it’s 144 birthday by recognizing the place where Joplin got it’s start, “The Discovery Shaft”

Around 1860 John Cox’s servant Pete unearthed chunks of lead, while digging for fishing worms 300 yards north of the old Broadway Viaduct.  Though little mining took place at this time, the discovery shaft led to the founding of Joplin. J.B. Sergeant and  E.R. Moffet...

2015 Monuments of Murphysburg Tour _ Historic Mount Hope Cemetery

Mount Hope Cemetery Tour Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. thought outside their block by hosting a guided tour of significant monuments and mausoleums at Mount Hope Cemetery. Have you ever wondered what a mausoleum looks like behind ornate solid bronze doors,...

2017 Home for the Holidays Christmas Tour

Starts with Bourbon Tasting on Friday Evening Date/Time: Friday - December 8, 2017 - 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Location: Scottish Rite Cathedral-505 S. Byers Avenue, Joplin Taste Bourbon where Turn-of-the-Century Capitalists and Entrepreneurs Cultivated Business Deals and...

2019 Home For The Joplin

The Julius Fischer House

The Julius Fischer House

Step back in time for a glimpse into turn-of-the-century Joplin with a Holiday Homes Tour of nine private historic homes.

Architectural elements you can discover in Murphysburg

Elements of Architecture

The Murphysburg Historic District appears much as it did during the period of significance (1880-1965) and as a whole retains all aspects of integrity. One hundred twenty-six of the 153 (82%) primary resources are contributing to the District while three of the primary resources were previously listed in the National Register of Historic Places. These resources remain in their original locations within the neighborhood and just west of the downtown commercial center. The residential setting has streets lined with sidewalks, mature trees, and houses on widely-spaced lots, as it did when it was initially platted.

Commercial areas have developed to the south and east, but these do not compromise the integrity of the District. The District clearly communicates its associations with and feelings about the patterns of residential development and the breadth of architectural styles that shaped the community of Joplin from the late 1800s into the mid-twentieth century.

The majority of resources retain their original design, materials, and workmanship. The array of architectural styles represented by the original designs, including National Folk Forms, Queen Anne, and Revival Styles, remains intact throughout the District. The majority of the resources have their original form and materials, such as limestone foundations, wood siding, and wood windows.

Looking to move into one of our historic homes? This is the perfect place to find out all of the information about the homes that are available in our neighborhood!

Holly Hills 210 Duquesne Road

210 South Duquesne Road.   Sale details! Craftsman-styled house built by one of Joplin's earliest mine operators and bankers, Alfred C. Moore. The Moores, moved to Joplin to pursue mining and banking interests during Joplin's lead and zinc boom, started...

How Tax Credits Work

Historic buildings are tangible links with the past. They help give a community a sense of identity, stability, and orientation. The Federal government encourages the preservation of historic buildings through various means.  Start here!

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HMP Volunteer Board Members

President: Mary Ann Neff,  Vice President: Chris Ferguson,

Secretary: Mary Anne Phillips, Treasurer: Paula Callihan,

Direstors: Wayne Stephenson and Gaye Pate ~ 417-208-9376