I was getting the mining pictures so scattered, I decided it was time to
bring them together.

The Official reason the local mines shut down.


Mining History-2020


A copy of a 1973 Special Centennial of Mining edition
of the Joplin Globe has been given to me to share here

Here's some definitions of mining terms from The Tribune: 

See also Miami Mines in the Ottawa County section.

1924 Map

It is usually said that mining in the area ceased because the mines "played out".
What makes that interesting is the fact that lead and zinc were found at least as far south as Spavinaw!
South of Miami West of Miami Fairland S. of Fairland Afton
Afton-2 Grove-1 Spavinaw Strang Talequah
Seneca Seneca Mining Seneca Mining Co. Bluejacket Early Report
Tulsa Wyandotte- AFTON 08 Wyandotte Grove
    Horse Creek    
Tariff 1908 Tariff-1908 Imports Tariff 1919  
Shutdown 1947   Subsidies-48   Shutdown 1949
Tariff 57 Shut Down '57 Re-opening SUBSIDY-1962 End of Tariffs
    Strip Mine?    
View from Douthat Power Plant Early days View from the Premier
Oct 24, 1902 Jan 18, 1906 Jan 25, 1906 Jan 25, 1906 p2 Jan 25, 1906 ps 3&4
mining deals Hattenville Panning Gold    
Early Mines Big Mill Demo Disinformation F. J. Cuddeback  
Discoverer?   Horse Powered    
Mining 5-3-1918 Mining, May 10, 1918 Mining, May 17, 1918 Mining, May 24, 1918 Mining, May 31, 1918
Aug 15, 1918 Tar Creek Camp 1920 Pictorial Map Velie deaths Baxter Springs report
Quapaw Mines E-P GROWS Powder Box Sulphuric Acid  
Lucky Bill photo Lucky Bill Netta Tract Mineral Expo Premier Mine
Saw Blade History-1914 Stairs Down Netta Track  
Jack Built Old Chief Burns Dinky Train Joplinites E-P RR
A. W. Abrams Old Abe's Mines Old Abe 2 Zinc 1902 Lead Mining
Man Power Horse power Galena Oronogo Blasting
Ensworth Camp Jan 22 1909 Jumbo Two Years Lead
Haulage Ramage Emma Gordon "Mutt" Mantle Blue Goose-W
Phone Book Powderhouses ORE HISTORY 1925 MAP
1954 Map Cornfield Blue Goose-1927 Bingham MIAMI MINES
Central Mill Ventilation St. Louis Mining Picher History Imports
West Side crew Ore Haulers Goldenrod 4 '32 Central Mill Lucky Jew
St. Louis Camp Big Strike 1621 Injuries One Horse
Miami-Joplin Quapaw mining Mule skinner Cardin's mines Townsite-1
Pre 1915

Kangaroo Court

Mine names Wesah 1940 Mine Tour
4-3-14 July 10, 1914 9-11-1914 School of Mines Subsidence?

Mining News, 1919

West Side, 1941

Big Deals

More Big Deals

Dobson Mine, 1930

Woodchuck PC


Anna Beaver


Hum-Bah-Wat-Tah II

Eagle-Picher Lead Co. (1936)

Carbide lantern


Ott Heatherly


South Side-43


Central Mill



Brewster Ballard

Bad Timing

Cable Haulage


Post Card

Typical Derrick


Blue Goose -Ritz

Blue Goose

Blue Goose Crew, 1943

Rialto Carpenters

Nancy Jane

Drill Rig

Bilharz, 1923

E-P Smelter

Butte Mining

Family Post Card

Road Map (pdf)

Chat Pile Building

Central Mill "Bull Gang"

Central Mill "Mill Gang"


CM&R Depot


Velie Lion

Early Mine Names.

Netta, Postcard


Bird Dog

West Virginia


E.W./Goldenrod #4

#4 up close

Ore Samples



Rialto #3,

Rialto #3 crew

Camp Crowder Rock Quarry

1945 Lucky Bill Crew

1947 Lucky Bill Crew

South of Cardin

Steam Locomotive


Hoist Signals

Hoist Room


Rustlin' Card


Mahutska Mining


Breaking Through


Post Drilling


 Screen Apes

Mule Skinners

Hooker, etc

Bumper, Hooker

Powder Monkey

Roof Trimmer

Screen Apes