The story of Murphysburg is an important part of Joplin’s history and we hope to provide a place for people of all ages to enjoy learning those stories. In this section of the website we will share some of the area’s rich history though stories about the homes and people who have lived in them, important historical documents, and other valuable recources.

Four women connected to the Murphysburg Historic District at the turn of the century will be honored during March-Women’s History Month.  Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc., a local non-profit organization, will celebrate the past by using present day technology.  There will be a different woman featured for a week starting every Wednesday in March on HMP’s website and Facebook page.

William Edward “Billy” Cook was born into a life of violence. It was a hard-luck life that would carry him all the way to the Death Chamber and beyond. He was executed at California’s San Quentin prison before he was 25 years old. Is Badman Billy Cook buried in an unmarked grave just outside of Peace Church Cemetery as local rumors have suggested?