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THE HISTORIC ROUTE 66 HIGHWAY AND BYWAY makes many twists and turns as it winds through JOPLIN. Taking the “Mother Road” south on Main Street and following it west onto Seventh Street, travelers need only head north on Sergeant Avenue or Moffet Avenue to find the:

Murphysburg Residential Historic District.
Whether you’re a history buff getting your kicks on Route 66 or a connoisseur of architecture, there is something for you in the Murphysburg Residential Historic District.  Prntable brochure


You can get already printed brochures at Visit Joplin’s Office in City Hall,  602 S. Main St,  the Joplin History & Mineral Museum, 504 S. Schifferdecker Ave,  or if you are taking a group let us know and we will get you what you need, 417 208-9376 

Monuments of Murphysburg Tour 

Located at Mount Hope Cemetery


The cemetery’s original tract consisted of 77 acres of farmland. “The Mount Hope Cemetery Association” was officially incorporated on April 12, 1905. The purpose of the corporation was to establish a park-like cemetery by laying out and subdividing tracks of land into cemetery lots and to preserve and maintain the cemetery in perpetuity. Eleven business men in Joplin and Webb City with mining ties funded the corporation with capital stock valued at $30,000.

Mount Hope Cemetery represents an extremely valuable cultural and historical asset of the four-state area through their genealogical information, gravestone architecture, and iconography. Joplin co-founding father Patrick Murphy and Webb City founding father John Cornwell Webb are both buried in the cemetery.

The cemetery was designed in 1905 by Sid Hare, an engineer, urban planner, and landscape architect. Eventually his son joined him and they went on to assist in the design of the Kansas City Country Club Plaza and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and many other projects.



FREE Self – Guided Scavenger Hunt Tour

Classical Style Investigation: You will be investigating several different style homes, and your objective is to uncover certain classical elements that can be found on these structures. 

Teachers guide with answers