Joplin Museum Complex

Started as a mining town in the late 1800s, Joplin, Missouri has collected quite a bit of history over the years. Luckily that history has been preserved and can still be seen today at Joplin's Museum Complex, located next to Schifferdecker Park. The Joplin Museum Complex is made up of two collections: the Everett J. Ritchie Tri-State Mineral Museum and the Dorothea B. Hoover Historical Museum. Both centering around Joplin's mining history, the Everett J. Ritchie museum houses many types of minerals and old mining equipment ...


Which House Style Is Right For You?

House hunting can be a big task-there are so many factors to consider. But house hunting can also be fun and enjoyable, especially if you know what you are looking for. There are many types of homes, from victorian to tradtional to ranch style (and many inbetween). Follow the link below to lightersideofrealestate.com and take a quiz to find out exactly what home fits you best, you might be surprised by the results!

http://lightersideofrealestate.com/quizzes/kind-house-live 


Route 66 Drive-In Theatre

If you are looking for something to do this weekend, look no further. Pack the car with friends or family and head to Route 66 Drive-In Theatre in Carthage. 66 Drive-In is one of the last drive-in theatres located on Route 66. Their season starts in April and goes to mid-September, playing movies every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights at dusk, rain or shine. Route 66 Drive-In plays a double feature, showing movies that are currently out in theatres. For $7.00 (adults) you can watch two movies, buy delicious food from the concession stand,...


Finding the Perfect Paint Color

Picking a paint color can be a real challenge-there are so many options! Testing colors is a must, but many factors contribute to the way a color looks. Before deciding upon the perfect color use these tips to make sure it's the color for you: 

Paint Directly on the Wall This might sound simple but many people paint on paper or hang color swatches. Go all the way and put your test paint directly on your wall to get the best results. Put up a...

Schifferdecker Park

Joplin is home to many parks, one being Schifferdecker Park. Schifferdecker is one of Joplin's biggest parks and is situated on a corner lot on Schifferdecker and 7th Street. If you are looking to spend a day at a park doing a wide variety of activities, Schifferdecker is one of the top choices. Spend the day on the golf course that stretches the parks entirety or swim in the pool, which is complete with a large water slide. Schifferdecker is also home to picnic areas and grills,...


Joplin’s Mining History

Joplin, Missouri has a rich history dating back to 1870 when Reverend Harris G. Joplin settled by a valley and began sermons in his home. This same valley was discovered to have copious amounts of lead. This fact (as well as a large lead strike in 1870) pulled many miners to the area. Mining camps were formed and after a short time a man named John C. Cox submitted a town site plan, naming the plan after the valley and original Reverend: Joplin. The town boomed; miners flowed into...


The Perfect Outdoor Space

Want to entertain your guests this summer but not impressed with your outdoor space? Not to worry, it can only take a few simple steps to take your yard from mediocre to magnificent. Try these HGTV inspired tips to awe your guests, and yourself: 

Make a Private Space Just like an inside room, an outdoor room needs some sort of structure to provide comfort. Great solutions to making a private space is a trellis or two, potted plants, sheer fabric hangings, or a reclaimed ladder...

How to Host an Open House

A helpful tool to selling a home is hosting open houses. Open houses give buyers the opportunity to spend a Sunday afternoon envisioning themselves in a home. Before hosting an open house, however, there are important steps to take to ensure the home is buyer-ready: 1. Deep Clean: Not everyone likes to clean, but a buyer will not be impressed with a home if it is dirty. When cleaning look for things buyers might notice, such as dirty windows or dusty baseboards. Change out towels, fluff...

Happy Fourth of July

Fireworks, family, grilling, lake time- these are all things you might think of when it comes to Fourth of July. The Fourth is one of the most popular holidays of the year, pulling together friends and families for a celebration of America's independence. You can find fireworks being sold on almost every street and decor being sold in almost every store; it is hard not to enjoy the atmosphere and excitement that Fourth of July brings. The surrounding area provides opportunities for indulging in Fourth of July...


Why You Should Never Buy or Sell Without an Agent

You wouldn't go to court without an attorney, build your own house without a contractor, or take on the IRS to challenge a tax matter without an accountant. Buying or selling a home is no different. Here are a few reasons why you should never buy or sell a home without an agent.   Knowledge of the Market When working for a seller, a good agent knows who the typical buyer audience is and how to find them. A buyer’s agent will guide you towards realistic properties...

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