Murphysburg is a national historic district that is a vibrant mixed-use community, blending a residential neighborhood with urban amenities and services. Be transported back in time to the Gilded Age as you walk the tree-lined streets of Joplin’s Historic Murphysburg District. This residential area, west of downtown, is where the founding fathers of Joplin built stately homes which embodied their success. A variety of architectural styles are represented here, including Craftsman, Queen Anne, American Foursquare, and Eclectic. Historical markers are in front of many homes detailing their names and when they were built, making it easy for self-guided tours.
Throughout the years, there has been special events in the district which include home and garden tours.
Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015, the boundaries are generally between First and Seventh Streets encompassing Moffet and Sergeant Avenues and parts of Pearl and Byers Avenues, plus one notable house at 419 South Jackson Avenue.
The district boundaries are walking distance to; places for play; cultural and arts districts; sports and entertainment venues; shops and restaurants and multi-denominational places of worship.
The community encourages interaction, opportunity, economic activity and diverse land use.
Murphysburg has remained viable for over a hundred years and endured an onslaught of suburban development as well as urban renewal.
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.