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Joplin Adds Mural Ahead of Festival

2013-07-12 16:26:28

JOPLIN, Mo. - Many tourists who visit Joplin will now have a place to take a picture of their travels. And the mural will be a perfect sport for those travelers wanting to make a memory of the mother road.

A new Route 66 mural is going up one tile at a time. It is celebrating Joplin's history with the Mother Road and the hope is it will encourage tourists to stop and spend money locally.

Joplin Mayor Melodee Colbert Kean had the honor of placing the Joplin tile on the wall.

"People have asked if there's someplace I can get a picture or anything like that. This is going to be big for the city. We may have to have traffic control, so many people will get their picture taken."

The mural is located at 7th and Main in Joplin on the wall of Pearl Brothers Hardware.

Pat Tuttle with the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau says the city looses a lot of tourists to other towns.

"A lot of them stop in Carthage, Webb City. Fly right through Joplin head into Galena. This is one of those things we'll get those travelers to stop in the town for a while."

There will be two murals on the wall. The lower one depicts a map of Route 66 has about 180 tiles. The second mural will look consist of 540 tiles.

Paul Whitehall owns Images in Tile, the company behind the project. He says the titles will not fade in the sunlight and can even withstand graffiti. "If by chance it did get tagged by spray paint. I could use acetone and it won't hurt the image."

The mural has a lifespan of 75 to 100 years. "This mural is going to be here for generations to come. No matter what happens to Joplin in 75 years these murals will still be here."

Crews were finishing up the lower mural this week. The upper mural should be finished by next week.

There will also be a classic Corvette bolted to the ground, allowing people to sit and take a picture.

~KOLR 10 News


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