Many thanks to our VOLUNTEERS!
Your valuable time helping with the Monuments Tour of Historic Murphysburg at Mount Hope Cemetery on June 14th was a great success thanks to the 25 volunteers that made the tour possible and fun. Sincerely, HMP Board
Mount Hope Cemetery is located in Webb City at 3700 North Range Line Road (east of Range Line—also known as South Madison Avenue and US 71 Highway—and East Mt. Hope Road)
.Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. will think 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, how the family acquired their wealth, and their contributions to the boom of the area.
Saturday, June 14 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. is your chance. The mausoleums of Charles Schifferdecker, A.H. Rogers, and Austin Allen. Selected mausoleums will be open for the tour. These gentlemen contributed significantly to the permanent fabric of the Joplin and Webb City area, such as in the donation of a park, the creation of a streetcar railway system, the architecture of the Newman Building. Many original Murphysburg homeowners also brought art and culture to the area. Attendees will also learn about the history and architecture of this historic cemetery established in 1905.
Refreshments were available so that attendees can “sip and stroll” through this historic site atop Jasper County’s highest elevation. Docents were staged at selected Murphysburg resident’s monument to explain their legacy. Paula Callihan, tour coordinator stated, “Murphysburg founders built their houses with extraordinary architectural features, it’s no wonder they wanted their final resting place to have the same classic design, built by the finest architects in the area.”
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 Hare and Hare, who later went on to assist in the design of the Kansas City Country Club Plaza and Nelson Art Gallery.