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A Tribute to the Volunteers Marker image, Touch for more information
By William Fischer, Jr., September 27, 2017
A Tribute to the Volunteers Marker
Missouri (Jasper County), Joplin — A Tribute to the Volunteers

At 5:41 P.M. on May 22, 2011, an EF-5 tornado ripped through Cunningham Park and the greater Joplin area, leaving a path of death and destruction one mile wide by six miles long in its wake. Over 160 people perished in the storm. What . . . — Map (db m108863) HM

Missouri (Jasper County), Joplin — Battle of Rader's FarmMay 18, 1863
In memory of 18 U.S. Soldiers killed in action 3 miles north of this park — Map (db m37182) HM
Missouri (Jasper County), Joplin — Butterfly Garden and OverlookA TKF Foundation Open Spaces, Sacred Places Garden

The Butterfly Garden and Overlook is an open space, sacred place for individuals to work through the pain of grieving. Four tasks help us move into the next phase of life, each represented as architectural and natural elements throughout the . . . — Map (db m108829) HM

Missouri (Jasper County), Joplin — CompassionSculptor, Bill Snow

Given in commemoration of

St. John's Centennial

by St. John's Auxiliary

Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow — Map (db m108820) HM

Missouri (Jasper County), Joplin — Jasper County CourthouseJoplin, Missouri
Jasper County, Missouri boasts two county courthouses -- one in Joplin and one in Carthage, the county seat. Actually, there could have been three county courthouses; Webb City also insisted upon having one. Bitter rivals in the 1890s, the three . . . — Map (db m57767) HM
Missouri (Jasper County), Joplin — Joplin
(side one) Joplin, at the edge of the Ozark Highland, the city that lead and zinc built, was first sparsely settled as a farming community, 1838, John C. Cox, followed by the Rev. H.G. Joplin, and others. The first post office, 1840, was . . . — Map (db m21868) HM
Missouri (Jasper County), Joplin — Joplin Citizens Lost in May 22, 2011 Tornado

In remembrance of our citizens lost on May 22, 2011 in the tragic tornado that struck Joplin at 5:41 pm

[Roll of 161 Remembered Dead] — Map (db m108826) HM

Missouri (Jasper County), Joplin — Joplin Korean War and Vietnam War Memorial
In memory of our heroic combat dead of the Korean and Vietnam Conflicts Korean Harold L. Terry • Jimmie E. Barcom William M. Barnard • Otis C. Carpenter James A. Harris • David L. Johnson Charles R. Landon • Robert F. Wilson . . . — Map (db m35057) WM
Missouri (Jasper County), Joplin — Joplin Tornado Memorial, Volunteer Tribute and Children's Memorial

Directly in front of you is the Volunteer Tribute, designed and built by Drury University to honor the 126,000+ volunteers who came to the aid of Joplin within minutes, for months and beyond. The four circles represent Rescue, Recovery, . . . — Map (db m108830) HM

Missouri (Jasper County), Joplin — Joplin World War II Memorial
Erected by the Citizens of Joplin in honor of those who made the supreme sacrifice in World War II Dedicated June 1947 [Honor Roll of Names] — Map (db m35047) HM
Missouri (Jasper County), Joplin — Mercy Park

Mercy's St. John's hospital once stood here and on May 22, 2011 it took a direct hit from an EF-5 tornado, the most powerful classification for a tornado. Its path of destruction continued to the east and at one point was nearly a mile . . . — Map (db m108816) HM

Missouri (Jasper County), Joplin — Proclamation of Restoration Fountain

To The City of Joplin And The "SEASONING OF LIVES"

Lost During, And From The Aftermath Of The May 22, 2011 Tornado

Dedicated November 22, 2011 — Map (db m108827) HM

Missouri (Jasper County), Joplin — Quinby Building
Built in 1882 by Thomas Cunningham to house the Cunningham National Bank. Present facade reflects a circa 1922 remodeling when the name was changed to the Quinby Building. Partial facade restoration was made possible in 1990 by a grant from the . . . — Map (db m35043) HM
Missouri (Jasper County), Joplin — Recovery Efforts: After the Storm

May 22, 2011 - The people of Joplin pull each other from the rubble. Memorial Hall becomes makeshift hospital, stage becomes the morgue. AmeriCorps sends its first volunteers to help. Thousands of volunteers begin to arrive.

May 23, 2011 - . . . — Map (db m108845) HM

Missouri (Jasper County), Joplin — Schiffedecker ParkU. S. 66 Will Rogers Highway — Chicago to Los Angeles
picture of Will Rogers Formerly Electric Park (1909-1912), is traced to a multi-acre dairy farm in the 1890's. Charles Schifferdecker acquired the land in the early 1900s. On Nov. 1, 1913 he deeded forty acres to the city of Joplin. . . . — Map (db m24674) HM
Missouri (Jasper County), Joplin — St. John's Regional Medical Center

At the peak of the hill in the distance, is an outdoor chapel. The chapel sits on the sit of what was St. John's Regional Medical Center at the location of the old chapel. At 5:41 pm, the tornado reached its highest intensity at 26th and Maiden . . . — Map (db m108840) HM

Missouri (Jasper County), Joplin — Survivor Quotes

"It started just like any other, normal day. We heard the tornado sirens, but we didn't pay much attention to them since they always go off in bad weather. We have lived here since 1968 and had experienced the drills repeatedly. This . . . — Map (db m108861) HM

Missouri (Jasper County), Joplin — Swartz & Malsbury Building422 - 428 Main
Built 1882/1883 Major Alterations 1930 Construction Cost Was $9,000 — Map (db m35045) HM
Missouri (Jasper County), Joplin — The Butterfly People

As the tornado lifted, the stories began... stories of butterflies, butterfly people or angels that protected children from the storm. The stories were many and miraculous but very believable when set against the backdrop of the physical . . . — Map (db m108862) HM

Missouri (Jasper County), Joplin — The Connor HotelUS 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 . . . — Map (db m34654) HM
Missouri (Jasper County), Joplin — The Miracle of the Human Spirit - Joplin 2011[AKA Volunteer Tribute]

In honor of the volunteers who selflessly contributed to the rescue, recovery, and redevelopment efforts after the tornado on May 22, 2011 Joplin, Missouri. — Map (db m108828) HM

Missouri (Jasper County), Joplin — Tornado Statistics - May 22, 2011 - Joplin, MO

5:34 pm: Touches down west of Joplin 5:41 pm: Reaches Cunningham Park Highest Classification: EF5 Wind Speed: Excess 200+ mph Duration: 38 Minutes Length: 13 Miles Peak Width: 3/4+ Mile Lives Lost: 161 Injured: Over 1,000 . . . — Map (db m108844) HM

Missouri (Jasper County), Joplin — Tri-State Mining Machinery
An exhibit of Tri-State Mining Machinery featuring the Ben R. Markley Collection presented to the Tri-State Mineral Museum by his family as a memorial to their father and his interest in collecting and preserving the . . . — Map (db m37187) HM
Missouri (Joplin County), Joplin — Three State CornerKansas     Oklahoma      Missouri
This point was established in 1857 by an 800 member expedition starting at the southwest corner of Missouri and working north. The party included soldiers, teamsters, cooks, astronomers and surveyors. The expedition took nearly six months, being . . . — Map (db m74865) HM

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