Joplin Union Depot

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Joplin Union Depot
Joplin Union Depot is located in Missouri
Joplin Union Depot
Location Broadway and Main St., Joplin, Missouri 37°5′30″N 94°30′42″W
Coordinates 37°5′30″N 94°30′42″W / 37.09167°N 94.51167°W / 37.09167; -94.51167Coordinates: 37°5′30″N 94°30′42″W / 37.09167°N 94.51167°W / 37.09167; -94.51167
Area 5 acres (2.0 ha)
Built 1911[2]
Architect Curtiss,Louis
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference #
  1. 73001043[1]
Added to NRHP March 14, 1973

The Joplin Union Depot is a railroad station in Joplin, Missouri. The station was served by a number of railroads, two of which were the Kansas City Southern Railway and the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad. The station was completed in July 1911. On November 4, 1969, the last train, the Southern Belle visited the station, ending 58 years of constant service.[2] After train service ended, the station slowly deteriorated.[2]

Designed by the Canadian-born architect Louis Curtiss, the station was featured in the January 1912 edition of Popular Mechanics for its use of mining waste in the concrete.[3]

On March 14, 1973, the station was entered into the National Register of Historic Places. It is currently unoccupied.


  1. ^ "MISSOURI (MO), Jasper County". National Register of Historical Places. Retrieved November 7, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Union Depot timeline: Not in use since 1969". The Joplin Globe (Joplin, Missouri). Retrieved November 7, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Railroad Station Built of Mine Waste". Popular Mechanics 17 (1): 23. January 1912. ISSN 0032-4558.