Welcome to the companion website to the "Riches from the Earth: The Geographical and Industrial History of Jasper County" MDH database. This page features additional information on the subject that is not easily formatted to be presented within the database website associated with the Missouri Digital Heritage (found at this link).

Unknown Tri-State District Mine





Jasper County Courthouse, 1895
Stone supplied by the Carthage Stone Company





Postcard of Unidentified Carthage Limestone Quarry






US Highway 66 Bridge (east of Carthage, now MO 96) constructed of Carthage limestone






Jasper County, c. 1915–20, featuring the Jefferson Highway route (bold red lines) and the Ozark Trails (light red lines)





Aerial view of Carthage, Missouri,
c. 1940

Introduction to "Riches from the Earth" Database at the Missouri Digital Heritage website
Project Copyright Statement and Use Guidelines
(Please read before printing out or using any of the images, documents and/or text found on the MDHI database even if being used for educational purposes.)
Project Bibliography -- Coming via Powers Museum Digital Project links


Jasper County Mine & Stone Workers
On-going research project to search census records and city directories to compile listing of worker names.
Contact Museum for more details if you wish to help. We would like to start posting in 2014. This would make a good off-site volunteer project and/or class project!
Joplin Public Library Digitized Collections

Tri-State Area Postcard Collection (Try searching Mine Names, Mining History and other subjects in JPL's list of subjects.)

1898 Klondike of the Southwest Viewbook (including text on the mining heritage of the area and yearly output figures from 1870s to 1897)

1902 Joplin, Missouri Viewbook (including images of mines)

1913 Joplin, Missouri Viewbook (including images of mines & supporting industries)

1906 Carthage, Missouri Viewbook by James P. Newell (including Carthage mines & quarries)

1907 American Mining Congress Meeting held in Joplin, Missouri (contains wonderful images of the area's mines as well as their supporting industries)

Old Grubstake Days in Joplin (please read introduction for comments about quality of information in this booklet)

Charles Belden's Pioneering Days (1879 - 1909) book
1917 Mining Health Study in the Tri-State District
Missouri Southern State University Collections
MSSU's Digitized Map Collection for the Tri-State Mining District

Guide to MSSU's Archives (including other collections on Tri-state Mining District)

State Historical Society of Missouri-Rolla Collections
SHSM-Rolla Homepage
Guide to Missouri Mining Collections

Guide to Jasper County Collections (including non-mining/quarrying holdings)

Guide to Newton County Collections (including non-mining/quarrying holdings)

Guide to Lawrence County Collections (including non-mining/quarrying holdings)

University of Missouri's Digital Library Collections

Sanborn Maps for Joplin, Carterville, Carl Junction, Carthage, Sarcoxie and Webb City (search by town name)

Missouri Geology Collections & Books
(Coming Soon)
Oklahoma Historical Society Digitized Collections
Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History & Culture entry on:
Tri-State Mining District Overview
Oklahoma Chronicles articles on:
"A Social History of the Tri-State Mining District" by Arrell Morgan Gibson
"Early Mining Camps in Northeast Oklahoma" by Arrell Morgan Gibson
"Leasing of Quapaw Mineral Lands" by Arrell Morgan Gibson
(Note: for the most part, sites focused on environmental aspects of the district have not been listed for they are more numerous than historical treatments. Be sure to search for those as many contain images and historical information as a background to current efforts to reclaim or relocate areas within the district, including whole towns.)
Galena – Missouri State Mineral

Mining Industry Council of Missouri  (with links to mining history)

Missouri Mines State Historic Site in Park Hills, MO

WorldCat listing for Arrell Morgan Gibson's book: Wilderness Bonanza – The Tri-State District of Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. (This link will help you find a copy of this out-of-print book at a library near you.)

GeoKansas website information on Lead & Zinc Mining in the Tri-State District
Geography and Geology of the Ozarks Plateau

Missouri Limestone Producers Association   (including a teacher & student section)

Overview of History of Limestone Industry in America (Stone and Beyond website) and                                                           Carthage Limestone Quarries Overview .

Carthage's Americold Facility (formerly Carthage Underground, aka Carthage Marble Corporation property)

Poplar Heights Farm (Butler, MO) website on stone industry in western Missouri including Carthage, Missouri quarries.

Indiana Limestone Institute Website (Indiana was one of the main competitors to local stone quarries.)
eMINTS lesson for Joplin, Missouri including its mining heritage
Joplin, Missouri Historical Guide at www.4statearts.com
Carthage, Missouri Historical Guide from Carthage Convention & Visitor's Bureau
Missouri Geology by Jo Schaper
Missouri Department of Natural Resources/Division of Geology and Land Survey
United States Geological Survey's Educational Resources


Joplin Museum Complex, Joplin, Missouri

Granby Mining Museum, Granby, Missouri

Newton County Historical Society & Museum, Neosho, Missouri

Galena Historical Museum, Galena, Kansas

Baxter Springs Historical Society & Museum, Baxter Springs, Kansas

Former Picher Museum Mining Collection at Pittsburg State University Special Collections in Pittsburg, Kansas  (Note: Part of this collection made its way to Baxter Springs H.S. listed above.  Contact PSU Axe Library, Special Collections for updates on processing of the materials they received from from this former museum.)

Dobson Museum in Miami, Oklahoma