Joplin's Connor Hotel

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Determined to build “the finest hostelry in the Southwest,” Joplin’s first millionaire spared no expense on the magnificent Connor Hotel. The lobby, with its Italian marble rotunda and grand staircase, would serve as the city’s main gathering spot for the next fifty years. Thousands flocked to the rooftop garden, which became known as the “most pleasant spot in all Joplin.” The Connor hosted hundreds of conventions, outlaws such as “Pretty Boy” Floyd and more reputable guests, including star athletes, Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, Eleanor Roosevelt, Gene Autry and Robert Wadlow, the world’s tallest man. Local residents rallied to “Save the Connor” in the 1970s but couldn’t stop its demolition and the tragic ending that caught the nation’s attention. Author Chad Stebbins details the fascinating history.
ISBN: 9781467147675
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Missouri
Series: Landmarks
Images: 60
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Chad Stebbins is a professor of journalism and director of the Institute of International Studies at Missouri Southern State University. He is also the executive director of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors. Stebbins is the author of All the News Is Fit to Print: Profile of a Country Editor, published by the University of Missouri Press in 1998.
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