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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

Main Street Music Theatre

Formerly the Route 66 Music Theatre, the Main Street Music Theatre features a Saturday night Branson-style musical variety show in the newly restored art nouveau movie house of the 1940

Webb City, MO Theatres

Southwest Missouri Electric Railroad

A.H. Rogers built a mule-drawn streetcar line from Webb City to Carterville in 1889, predeccessor of the South West Missouri Electric Railway. Established in 1893, it was expanded in the 1900s to a vast interurban system.

Webb City, MO Railroad History

Old Route 66

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

Webb City, MO Historic Downtowns

Bittersweet Gallery

Jack E. Dawson is an artist who has been in the art field for over 30 years. He has used many different media in his artwork including oil, watercolor, acrylic, sculptures and chalk.

Some of his most notable works include:


Outdoor Mural

This mural painted on the old Route 66

Webb City, MO Arts

Things to do near Webb City, MO