A couple things have popped up in the Joplin Globe over the last few days. In good news, the old Missouri Pacific Depot that was saved and moved to its present location by David Glenn has found new owners. Glenn bought the depot when it was scheduled to be destroyed and carefully relocated it to its spot off of Rangeline where it opened up as Timberline restaurant. In the future, we’ll provide a little more history on this smaller depot of Joplin’s past. The new owners are Raymond and Amy Yen, who will re-open it later this year as a far eastern restaurant. Let’s hope when it comes to decoration that they don’t alter anything original!
The other news item has to do with the arrival in Joplin of general American history, a restored B-17 Flying Fortress, the Liberty Belle. Just like another restored B-17, Aluminum Overcast, the Liberty Belle, never saw combat due to being produced at the end of the war. However, that doesn’t make her any less grand a lady. It’s highly recommended to go visit the Liberty Belle when she arrives on August 29 at the Joplin airport. For those of you in Springfield, she’ll visit Springfield’s airport a day earlier on August 28. Check here for her schedule and more information about the Liberty Belle.