Webb City in Jasper County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Kneeling Miner
1976 and 2006
The Kneeling Miner, circa 1976
Jack E. Dawson [sculptor]
Originally sculpted in concrete
as a part of Webb City's Bicentennial celebration.
The Miner stood as a sentinel reminder of the mining
era and the work of the founding families.
Four early day miners served as models
for the original statue.
The Kneeling Miner in Bronze, circa 2006
Constance A. Ernatt [sculptor]
Created in bronze to permanently memorialize
the hard work of the miner. The integrity of
the original work was achieved by using common
background materials in the research of the original statue.
The statue was sculpted in clay and cast into
bronze in Wichita, Kansas.
The Kneeling Miner in Bronze was commissioned in
May 2005 by the Dawson Heritage Foundation and
dedicated during Mining Days Celebration in
Webb City, September 2006
This Land is Blessed
deep-cradled in the west.
My world all tinged with sunset glow
and thought "This land is blessed."
This land where miners old and young
labored hard each day -
Trudged off to toil in lightless deep,
to earn the meager pay.
Down into blackness cold and damp
on each man's cap a carbide lamp.
The mine work many a stranger drew -
and infant town Webb City grew.
I stood one morn and faced the east.
't'was yet a little dark -
Dim silhouette of tailing piles,
the far notes of a lark -
The sleeping town of Carterville.
also in silhouette -
These lovely scenes engrave themselves
on hearts that won't forget.
Though mining days are in the past,
today they live in memory -
Of those strong-hearted ones who toiled
to carve Webb City's history.
I stood at noon the day sun-bright
Webb City growing 'neath its light
much labor, laughter, prayer and rest
"Indeed this land is blessed."
Erected 2006 by Dawson Heritage Foundation and Concerned Citizens and Organizations.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Labor Unions. A significant historical month for this entry is May 2005.
Location. 37° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 555 South Main Street, Webb City MO 64870, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Webb City (a few steps from this marker); Southwest Missouri Electric Railway Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Prosperity Junction Station and Street Car #60 (within shouting distance of this marker); Number 1 Gun (approx. ¼ mile away); The Military Order of The Purple Heart (approx. ¼ mile away); Webb City Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Veterans Memorial of Timeless Honor (approx. 1.2 miles away); Joplin (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Webb City.
Also see . . .
1. Webb City History. (Submitted on October 27, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. More Webb City History. (Submitted on October 27, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Webb City Mining History. (Submitted on October 27, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Mining in Missouri. (Submitted on October 27, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 27, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,029 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on October 27, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.