West of Carthage is The 66 Drive-in Theatre, built in 1949 and on the NRHP. It is the last of six drive-ins along the road named for Route 66.
WEBB CITY-- As stated earlier, this is where the miners who made the millionaires in Carthage rich lived. In 1916, a trolley was built by the Southwest Missouri Electric Railroad to take the workers to the mines. It is still running.
There is also a 32-foot-high praying hands statue created 36 years ago.
JOPLIN- The mines made Joplin a boomtown and a wild one at that. The City Hall has a mural by Thomas Hart Benton depicting its lawless history. A second mural by his grandson shows Joplin in its Route 66 days.
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow had a shootout in town in an apartment in 1933 but left a camera behind and the authorities had pictures of them for the first time. Some of the photos are at the Joplin Museum
Complex at 504 S. Schifferdecke Avenue.
As I Said, My Favorite Route 66 State. --RoadDog
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