to the Joplin Museum Complex, home to the Everett
J. Ritchie Tri-State Mineral Museum,
Dorothea B. Hoover
Historical Museum, The Empire District Electric Company
Museum, The Joplin Sports Authority Sports Hall of Fame,
and the National
Historical Cookie Cutter Museum.
The purpose of these two museums is to tell
the story of Joplin and the Tri-State Mining District.
By displaying Historical and mineral collections,
the Joplin Museum Complex provides inspiration for future
generations to better understand the economic and social history
of Joplin and the Tri-State Mining District.
The Everett J. Ritchie Tri-State Mineral
boasts one of the world's most exceptional collections of
lead and zinc ores as well as other minerals found in the
Tri-State District. This museum interprets the geology and
geochemistry of the area and illustrates mining processes
and methods used from the 1870s through the 1960s.
Dorothea B. Hoover Historical Museum
...emphasizes the growth and development
as the result of the mining in the Tri-State District. On
display are assorted historical items from Joplin's mining
era including a circus room, a child's playhouse (children
are invited in with adult supervision), a 1927 American LeFrance
fire engine and Victorian furnishings, textiles and a doll
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