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JOMO Downtown Gateway Mural

Main St. N at "B" St., Joplin, MO

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These murals have been created by the Missouri Southern State University staff and students. The first panel declares "Welcome to Downtown Joplin Missouri" and features a geometric pattern.

The second mural is a panoramic look at the history of Joplin with George Spiva in the center. I don't know how long these murals are, but its a considerable length. This panel can really be divided into three sections.

x On the left side is a scene from the 1920s including a street car.

x The center panel shows George Spiva standing in front of the Spiva Center for the Arts. Spiva was a businessman and philanthropist with a significant interest in the arts.

x The right panel shows a locomotive steaming in from the left, some children on bikes, a couple of pedestrians, and a bus on a downtown street.

x Here's a photo from 2013 that shows the mural in progress. These billboards are located on an empty used car lot on Main Street (Route 66) on the edge of downtown so they are in a perfect place to welcome people.

Photo(s): 2013, 2016



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