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Webb City, Missouri

Webb City, Missouri

Webb City, Missouri, was founded in 1876, upon some of the world's purest veins of lead and zinc ore. For about forty-five years it was in the heart of one of the world's greatest lead and zinc mining areas. There was more lead and zinc mined within a radius of 3-1/2 miles than any other similar area in the world. From 1894 to 1904, the mines produced $23 million worth of ore. During the first World War, at its mining peak, there were over 50 mines in operation around Webb City. The Saga of the mines and the hardrock miners of this area was a great contribution to the Westward Movement in American history.

The wooden buildings were soon replaced with brick, some three stories high. Webb City boasted of paved streets, electric lights, a good water works, a complete sewer system, two telephone companies, and the best equipped interurban electric railway in the west, connecting Webb City with the surrounding towns in every direction.

From this journey into Webb City’s past, we see the building blocks that have formed this wonderful community. A town that is noted for its amazing school system, continuing growth, community pride, great leadership, and proud heritage.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Old Route 66

The 100 block of North Main remains as a section of the historical old Route 66

Webb City, MO Historic Downtowns

Webb City Mural

"The Webb City Story" - Jack Dawson

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Webb City, MO Arts

The Clubhouse

The Clubhouse was built by the Southwest Missouri Electric Railway and is now the home to the Webb City Historical Society whose mission is collecting, preserving, and sharing Webb City's history. Historical exhibits are on display at various schedules throughout the year.

Webb City, MO Museums

Veterans Memorial

A "Jeannie" howitzer stands aside the veteran's memorial located on MacArthur Blvd. at Miner'

Webb City, MO Memorials

Carnegie Library

Webb City's library, built in 1914, is one of the few active Carnegie libraries in Missouri. Housed in an elegant stone building highlighting Webb City'

Webb City, MO Carnegie Libraries

Things to do near Webb City, MO