Walk This Way  Your Guide to Joplin’s Walking Trails

Walk This Way Your Guide to Joplin’s Walking Trails

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Emmanuel Crawford: From Slavery to Family

Emmanuel Crawford: From Slavery to Family

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Anglers Hoping for a Grand Pay Day

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!Editor’s Letter

The Town That Built Us

Joplin is rich with history. Joplin was established in 1873 and once was considered the zinc mining capital of the world. Joplin is famous for the time Bonnie and Clyde spent here during the Great Depression, Route 66, George Washington Carver National Monument and the rolling hills of the Ozark Mountains. Joplin is the fifth-largest metropolitan area in Missouri.

Joplin is center of all the communities that surround us. We travel to Joplin for work, to shop, to eat or to attend a local event or activity. Often, when asked where we are from, we often respond with “Joplin” even if we live in a smaller community 15 minutes away.

Joplin is the town that built us.  

Joplin is the location of advancement in industry and education. Joplin is the center of growth in Southwest Missouri. Joplin set the tone, the pace.  

Joplin has also met struggles and tragedy. To name a few of those tragedies: the 2011 tornado that rocked our community and recent fallen officers of the Joplin Police Department. Words truly cannot express the loss these two events had on our community. We lost people, and our world will never be the same.

Joplin is strong and resilient. Joplin faces adversity with community. Joplin faces pain with faith. Joplin mourns together and grows together.

Joplin is the product of all the people who live and surround our community. These are the people who step up to lead, organize and support every person impacted by loss or every individual celebrating a victory. Joplin, more than once, has shown the world that when we face a challenge, we come back stronger. When we succeed, we celebrate big, hard and long.  

Joplin is a family.

In our May issue, we honor, cherish and celebrate our Joplin family. We share with you individual men and women who give their heart and soul to make our community a better place today and every day that follows. We bring you the faces of future leaders of tomorrow in our 20th Annual Baby Contest. We feature local businesses that provide us with the products and services we need to live day-to-day, while giving back to our youth programs and not-for-profits. We celebrate the landscape of our community and provide you with events and activities to enjoy. We celebrate the town that built us.  

Joplin is rich in history and built with blood, sweat and heart.  

I hope you enjoy our May issue and will take a moment to recognize all the blessings that surround us in Joplin, our home.  

 

  

Lee Radcliff-Timmsen

 

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