Last month, one of the historic barns of the Joplin area, a round barn located just south of the city near Saginaw, was severely damaged in a spring blizzard. We covered the article on the barn then, and now bring to you a new development. At the time, the owners of the barn had believed the structure had been fatally structured and all that remained in its future was a bulldozer. Since then, the owners have been in contact with the State Historic Preservation Office about it nominating the barn for the National Register of Historic Places. If this were to happen, the owners would eligible for tax credits which could be put toward restoring the barn. Granted, being listed on the National Register is not a magic cure all. Joplin’s most impressive and perhaps, most fabulous building, the Connor Hotel was also on the National Register, after all. For now, we can only hope for the best.
In the spring blizzard experienced just a couple weeks ago, a great amount of snow was dumped onto the four states area. A victim to this late winter hurrah was a unique and rare round barn located just south of Joplin on Saginaw road. Incidentally, the farm was owned by John C. Cox, one of Joplin’s wealthiest citizens, and his family later had it built around 1909. The Joplin Globe posted an article this weekend noting its history and the costly, and apparently fatal, damage that it sustained from the recent snows.
Read it here: Joplin Globe, “Storm Damages Local Landmark.”