Joplin Union Depot

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Joplin Union Depot
Joplin Union Depot is located in Missouri
Joplin Union Depot
Joplin Union Depot is located in the US
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
NRHP Reference # 73001043[1]
Added to NRHP March 14, 1973

The Joplin Union Depot is a historic railroad station located at Joplin, Jasper County, 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][3]

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.[4]

On March 14, 1973, the station was entered into the National Register of Historic Places. It is currently unoccupied. There are currently plans to restore the depot. There have been many ideas for its use, but none have been made certain. This would tie in with the revitalization of downtown.


  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c "Union Depot timeline: Not in use since 1969". The Joplin Globe. Joplin, Missouri. Retrieved November 7, 2010. 
  3. ^ Stephen J. Raiche (May 1972). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Joplin Union Depot" (PDF). Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2017-01-01.  (includes 2 photographs from 1971)
  4. ^ "Railroad Station Built of Mine Waste". Popular Mechanics. 17 (1): 23. January 1912. ISSN 0032-4558.