The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

September 5, 2010

Union Depot timeline: Not in use since 1969

JOPLIN, Mo. — July 2, 1911: The Union Depot opens to serve four railroads.

Nov. 4, 1969: The last passenger train pulls out of the Union Depot, closing it to public use.

February 1972: The Joplin City Council nixes a proposal by the city’s centennial commission to restore the Union Depot as a site for the Joplin Museum Complex in honor of Joplin’s 100th birthday in 1973.

March 1977: Joplin property developers Kirk Yocum and Mary Manard ask the city for $70,000 in community development funds to rehabilitate the depot; they say Yocum has an option to buy the depot and is negotiating with a national cafeteria chain to locate a restaurant there.

June 1979: A Columbia developer, Renaissance Renovation and Development, contracts to buy the depot from Kansas City Southern Industries, with plans to develop it as a restaurant and retail center; the developer eventually is unable to land enough investors to seal the deal.

March 1980: The depot is sold to another Columbia developer, Innovative Management and Investment Inc.

May 1983: A Joplin business couple who own a downtown women’s fashion store, Larry and Linda Fullerton, buy the depot.

February 1984: Emerald City Investors Inc., whose chief investor is a Girard, Kan., printing company owner, buys the depot.

September 1984: The city of Joplin tags the building as a dangerous structure because it has been left open to vandals and transients. Demolition is staved off a few months later when the owner boards up the doors.

1986: Wentworth resident Nancy Allman announces she has acquired the depot and is seeking a combination of public and private funds for restoration. Work proceeds gradually.

October 1989: Allman is sued by contractor David Glenn, who alleges that she failed to make payments on the depot’s restoration work. She files a countersuit alleging that he damaged the building and cost her a large sum of the development money.

July 1991: Subcontractors who filed claims that they had not been paid for work win court action to stall a foreclosure sale of the depot building that was sought by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, which holds a first mortgage on the property after lending $175,000 to Allman’s venture to start the restoration.

July 1998: The Department of Natural Resources secures the building after unsuccessfully trying to sell it at auction.

Text Only
Local News
  • Pseudoephedrine sales in Pittsburg to require prescription

    Starting Friday, those who purchase pseudoephedrine and related products in Pittsburg will need a prescription to do so.

    July 22, 2014

  • Cherokee County Commission accepts general counsel's resignation

    Kevin Cure, who has served as general counsel for the Cherokee County Commission since 2005, submitted a handwritten resignation to the board on Monday in the aftermath of a landfill controversy.

    July 22, 2014

  • Mike Pound 2010.jpg Mike Pound: Parents can get help with school supplies

    I don’t know much about demographics other than the fact that I no longer belong to a “targeted demographic.” When I was younger, I was bombarded by commercials and ads from companies that were trying to sell me things that I not only needed but wanted.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jasper County Commission reviews traffic plans

    The Jasper County Commission will hold public hearings today and Thursday on a number of traffic changes proposed in the county. No one spoke when the first hearing was held Tuesday as part of the regular commission meeting, according to Jim Honey, Eastern District associate commissioner.

    July 22, 2014

  • Joplin school board reviews audit procedures

    A team from the Missouri State Auditor’s Office has begun requesting documents in its task to audit the operations and management of the Joplin School District, the audit manager told the Board of Education on Tuesday.

    July 22, 2014

  • Joplin man to stand trial in accident case

    A passenger accused of causing an accident on Interstate 44 in Joplin that injured three others as well as himself was ordered bound over for trial Tuesday on three felony counts.

    July 22, 2014

  • r072214soroptimist3.jpg Volunteers spend week providing camp experience to foster youths

    Karen McGlamery is a massage therapist. Terri Falis-Cochran is a finance manager. Jane McCaulley is a retired art teacher. But for a week each summer, the three are among dozens of area residents who become camp counselors.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Neosho school board hires company to manage substitutes

    Citing its hopes of shifting health care costs and utilizing more time from retired teachers, the Neosho Board of Education granted a contract Monday to a temporary employee company to manage its substitute teacher program.

    July 22, 2014

  • Main Street TIF district study to begin

    A measure that allows the city to charge its $15,000 in administrative costs for studying a proposal to create a tax increment financing district on South Main Street was approved Monday by the Joplin City Council.

    July 21, 2014

  • Carthage man pleads guilty in sexual abuse case

    A Carthage man pleaded guilty Monday to sexual abuse of a 12-year-old girl in a plea agreement that would cap the length of his prison term at no more than 15 years.

    July 21, 2014

Must Read


A state lawmaker who is one of two doctors in the Oklahoma Legislature is insisting that unaccompanied immigrant minors being housed at Fort Sill be quarantined. Do you think those kinds of measures should be taken?

A. Yes.
B. No.
     View Results
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter