1929 - 902-904 South Main Street – Joplin, Missouri
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 37° 04.886 W 094° 30.821
15S E 365457 N 4104977
Quick Description: Commercial building in the Main and Eighth Streets Historic District in Joplin, Missouri.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 4/22/2015 8:59:32 PM
Waymark Code: WMNR47
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 0

Long Description:

Malsbury Building, 902-904 South Main Street; 1929; contributing

This single-story one-part commercial block building of brick is located on a corner lot, with two storefronts on the South Main Street elevation and one on the West Ninth Street elevation.  The storefronts are altered but retain the traditional window-to-wall ratio, with display windows flanking recessed entrances.    A date/namestone offset on upper facade states “JULIA E. MALSBURY 1929.”    The exterior surfaces are trimmed with small light-colored masonry trim blocks and a single-stage stepped parapet is along the roofline...

Among the latest buildings in the district, this building was erected for Julia Malsbury, whose name appears on a datestone on the upper façade.  Julia Malsbury (1852-1936) was the wife of pioneer Joplin merchant Francis Marion Malsbury (1843-1925) who came to the new settlement of Joplin in 1872 and operated a grocery store on Main Street.  Julia was a native of Belvedere, Illinois and came to Joplin in 1873.    Francis and Julia Malsbury were married in 1879. She erected this building when a widow in her seventies. Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps indicate that this was built on the site of an 1880s 3-unit wood frame commercial building.  City directories indicate that among the earliest tenants were Kivia Murawa, a restaurateur, and Frank Parrett, a shoemaker.  By the 1950s, pawnbrokers doing business as Mission Mercantile occupied the principal retail space.

– National Register Nomination

The building appears to be in good condition and is currently used as a bar.

Year of construction: 1929

Cross-listed waymark: [Web Link]

Full inscription:
Julia E. Malsbury 1929


Visit Instructions:

When logging a visit to a waymark in this category, please provide one or more photos taken by yourself, and note down your impressions and any background information you may have.

Search for...
Geocaching.com Google Map
Google Maps
MapQuest
Bing Maps
Nearest Waymarks
Nearest Dated Buildings and Cornerstones
Nearest Geocaches
Nearest Benchmarks
Create a scavenger hunt using this waymark as the center point
Recent Visits/Logs:
There are no logs for this waymark yet.