Joplin a hub for 4-state region
Joplin, Missouri, sits at the nexus of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
May 23rd, 2011
01:54 PM ET

Joplin a hub for 4-state region

Joplin is the commercial, transportation, medical and cultural hub of a 5,000-square-mile area with parts in four states - Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma.

The city's website boasts that its 50,000 population swells to 270,000 during the workday as it draws from the 400,000 people who live within a 40-mile radius.

Joplin, located 140 miles south of Kansas City and 200 miles northeast of Oklahoma City, was founded in 1843 and operates on a city council-manager system. It sits at the junction of Interstate 44 and U.S. 71 and along historic Route 66. Joplin has been working on an ambitious downtown beautification project since 2005.

In 1933, the infamous outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow hid out in a Joplin garage for several weeks before fleeing after police were tipped off. They left behind a camera that yielded several iconic photos of the criminal duo.

The city's annual Boomtown Days festival in June features music, entertainment, kids activities, contests, food and games. The festival recalls Joplin's history as a lead-mining capital.

The Joplin Little Theater is the oldest continuously operating community theater west of the Mississippi, the city website boasts.

Famous people born in Joplin include poet Langston Hughes, golfer Hale Irwin, actors Bob Cummings and Dennis Weaver, and Emily Newell Blair who fought for women's suffrage.

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  1. nataliehperez

    I have lived in a region with tornado sirens. When they went off you ran for cover. It is said they went off for 20 minutes. http://bit.ly/ltSP4x

    May 24, 2011 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. osama bin hidin

    sorry to hear about the destruction.. ive been thru Joplin a few times while crossing the country, and it seems like a pretty nice place in the state of Misery.. i guess its a hub of sorts, theres nothing near it thats more than a gas station.. though im from NYC and live in San Fran, so even OkC and KCMo are small cities to me..

    May 24, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Observer1290

    Obama shut down the weather forecasting satellites that could have warned of this disaster.
    Obama is either a liar or insane.

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsf2NvF2gxs&w=640&h=390]

    May 30, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
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