Joplin in Jasper County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Connor Hotel
US Route 66 Will Rogers Highway
—Chicago to Los Angeles —
Joplin's original industries were lead and zinc mining, smelting and associated manufacturing. Joplin became the center of one of the most important mining fields in the world.
In 1906 and 1907 the Connor Hotel was built to provide accommodations for parties and banquets. The 4th and Main St. area was the center of Joplin's social life for Camp Crowder's soldiers, the area's industries and visitors. This eight story French Renaissance building had carved Arabesques, a roof garden penthouse ballroom, and a glassed-in room on top with a view of the skyline. The canopied entrance led guests into a spacious and ornate lobby richly draped with lace, satins and velvet. The rotunda and grand stairway was finished entirely in white Italian marble with immense newel posts.
Despite the dream of the last owners, Burl M. and Ceola Garvin, to refurbish the hotel, the last business in the hotel closed in 1977. The Connor Hotel was listed on the National Historic Register.
1926 - Main St. became part of U.S. Highway 66.
1935 - U.S. Highway 66 was dedicated to the noble statesman Will Rogers.
"We can't all be heroes because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by."
The year 2001 marks the 75th anniversary of U.S. Highway 66
This historic memorial is given to
Burl M. Garvin
A loving father and grandfather [by]
Phil, Janet, Neely, [and] Tyson Garvin
A memorial to the Grand Lady of Joplin
The Connor Hotel, 4th and Main Street
[Memorial nearby in library garden]
In memory of Carolyn Ann Ball Blair (1915-1995) and Judge Clay Cowgill Blair, Jr. (1914-1979), lifelong Jasper County residents.
The power of books expands the mind and the imagination to dream, to create, to enjoy and to achieve, inspiring ordinary people to become extraordinary.
Donated by the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Judge and Mrs. Blair.
Erected 2001 by the Garvin Family, Will Rogers Heritage Trust, and C.P.G.-J. Darrell Ray.
Marker series. This marker is included in the U.S. Route 66 marker series.
Location. 37° 5.299′ N, 94° 30.815′ W. Marker is in Joplin, Missouri, in Jasper County. Marker is on Main Street near 3rd Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Monument is on the grounds of the Joplin Public Library. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 South Main Street, Joplin MO 64801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Quinby Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Swartz & Malsbury Building (about 500 feet away); Jasper County Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); Joplin World War II Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Joplin Korean War and Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Joplin (approx. 2 miles away); Schiffedecker Park (approx. 2 miles away); Battle of Rader's Farm (approx. 2.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Joplin.
Also see . . .
1. Connor Hotel Images. (Submitted on August 21, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Historic Route 66 in Missouri. (Submitted on August 21, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • Environment • Industry & Commerce • Notable Buildings •
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