Historic Preservation Board to review East Town, Boots Motel at July 15 meeting

June 30 – The Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation announced this week that it will consider nominations to the National Register of Historic Places during a 10 a.m. meeting on Friday, July 15 at the LaCharrette and Nightingale conference rooms in the Missouri. State of Lewis and Clark. Office building in Jefferson City.

Among the nominations are those for the historic East Town district of Joplin and another for the Boots Motel in Carthage.

The East Town Historic District is defined as the area bounded by Langston Hughes-Broadway, Landreth Avenue, Hill Street, and Division Avenue.

What makes the East Town neighborhood historically significant is Joplin’s rich black cultural history, residents learned last month at a meeting about its nomination as a historic district.

Despite periodic racial flare-ups, most notably a 1903 lynching and a white effort to evict black residents, much of Joplin’s black community has remained an unwavering presence in the city.

Historic preservation consultant Rory Krupp of Columbus, Ohio, recently told locals about the story he will present to the state’s advisory board.

Krupp’s study of the neighborhood forms the basis of the bid and describes the neighborhood’s social history and its connection to the buildings there, he said.

“It’s the original part of Joplin, but it’s also an African-American enclave,” Krupp said. As black residents settled in different sections of the city throughout history, some stayed and others returned to East Town, ensuring a constant presence there.”

Motor Court Boots

Boots Motor Court, at 107 S. Garrison Ave., Carthage, is also on the list for review.

The motel was built in 1939 by Arthur Boots at the “crossroads of America”, as it was advertised at the time, when the intersection of Central and Garrison in Carthage was also the intersection of Routes 66 and 71, two America’s major highways of the 1940s.

The Boots featured covered carports and a radio in every room.

Gary Daggett, president of the Texas Route 66 Association, who recently visited the motel, said the Boots Court represents the kind of trip his grandparents experienced when major roads passed through small towns before freeways were built. four-way.

“Route 66 spans eight states,” Daggett said. “The Boots is the second oldest motel still in operation on Route 66. It’s amazing. To have this place in the state it is in so people can still enjoy it and stay the night – the simple fact to stay here is a treat.”

The Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is a group of historians, architects, archaeologists, and citizens interested in historic preservation. The board is appointed by the governor and works with the State Historic Preservation Office of the Department of Natural Resources, which administers Missouri’s National Register of Historic Places program.

Approved applications are forwarded to the National Registry Custodian in Washington, DC, for final approval.

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