Since West Plains, Missouri, is in the path of totality for the April 8, 2024, total solar eclipse, it presents an opportunity for something that should be on everyone’s bucket list. It might not seem that noteworthy – I sometimes hear people say, ‘surely it’s not that big of a deal’ – but it truly
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DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION FUND Grant supports restoration of African American burial ground Despite traffic that constantly buzzes by, the small grassy spot at the corner of U.S. 63 and Missouri 14 feels silent. An unknown number of stories are buried beneath a couple of trees. Only a sign near a small parking lot
Did you know that one of the most unique personalities to ever live in West Plains wasn’t actually a person at all? That’s right! One of our most interesting historical characters was actually a parrot named Polly. In fact, Polly the Parrot was such a fascinating figure that her story qualified for a Legends and Lore Marker,
This article is from one that originally appeared in the West Plains Gazette Magazine. It was written by the late Dorotha Newberry Reavis In January 1873, the weather in West Plains was probably cloudy and cold. A bit of sunshine and warmth, however, came riding down from the north that month in a one-horse buggy.
One of the saddest chapters of West Plains, Missouri, history unfolded on Friday the 13th, April 1928, when thirty-eight people were killed, three brick buildings were reduced to rubble, and windows were broken out all over Court Square in the downtown area in the aftermath of an explosion which occurred in a building on East