Joplin, MO is situated in two counties: Jasper County and Newton County in the southwestern corner of the state. On the outskirts of Joplin are adjacent communities like Duquesne, Duenweg, Leawood and Silver Wood. In Joplin and that surrounding area are families that are watchful of their budgets and look for the cheapest auto insurance they can find. The population was counted at almost 51,000 in 2010, and while it is Jasper County’s largest city, the county seat belongs to Carthage.

Before the Civil War, in the Joplin Creek Valley, lead was discovered and would take off in development after the war. Several mining caps popped up by 1871, and plans for a city were filed by resident John C. Cox for the valley’s east side. Joplin City was the name Cox would choose, citing that it was named after the creek and spring that were nearby. That creek and spring were named after Reverend Harris G. Joplin who in 1840 circa, settled on the banks there.

On the other side of the village, Patrick Murphy, a resident of Carthage, would file a plan for a city, giving it the name Murphysburg. The lawlessness that the frontier was known for would be prime in Joplin, with the closest sheriff being in Carthage, there was nobody to take control.

The “Reign of Terror” is how this period of history is remembered. The cities merged eventually, calling themselves Union City. However, that merger was illegal and thus, the cities would split. Then in March of 1872, at the suggestion of Murphy, the name Joplin was given to the combined city, which became permanent.

Lead mining and zinc were credited with giving Joplin its start. Then the railroads came that would connect the city to other cities with major markets, giving Joplin the opportunity for dramatic growth. By the beginning of the 20th century, the city became a regional metropolis with construction around Main Street that consisted of bars and hotels, and homes built nearby.

“House of Lords” was a 3-story saloon, one of Joplin’s most famous saloons. The bar and restaurant were located on the first floor, the second floor was where gambling took place, and on the top floor a brothel.

Joplin would become a hub for the southwest area of the state with rail lines and a trolley line installed. It was the tri-state district’s center and with its mines of lead and zinc, it became the world’s capital for mining those two minerals.

Today, Joplin, Leawood, Duquesne, Duenweg, and Silver Wood may all be considered small in comparison to other cities, but they are vibrant and contribute to the state’s economy. The residents of these towns are required by the state to have minimum liability insurance, and like others around the country, they look for cheap auto insurance alternatives.

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