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
The year 2001 marks the 75th anniversary of U.S. Highway 66
This historic memorial is given to the community and dedicated in memory of
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.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Industry & Commerce • Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the U.S. Route 66 series list.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 South Main Street, Joplin MO 64801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 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); Butterfly Garden and Overlook (approx. 1.9 miles away); Joplin Tornado Memorial, Volunteer Tribute and Children's Memorial (approx. 1.9 miles away); St. John's Regional Medical Center (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Joplin.
Also see . . .
1. Connor Hotel Images. (Submitted on August 21, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Historic Route 66 in Missouri. (Submitted on August 21, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 20, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,032 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on August 21, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.