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Webb City is in Jasper County, Missouri. First known as Webbville, the town was platted and named for John C. Webb in 1875, and incorporated the following year. The city began on a portion of Webb’s 200-acre farm, which he began in 1857. In 1873, Webb discovered lead while plowing a field, and sank the first pump shaft in 1874. Within twenty years, there were about seven hundred lead and zinc ore mines in the area. Webb donated land for a church and built the community’s first bank and hotel. In 1879, the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad constructed its track to Webb City, and the Missouri Pacific came in 1881. During World War I, the Webb City area was an important supplier of zinc and lead concentrates used during the war effort, and during World War II, explosives were manufactured by local powder plants. The city’s downtown district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2014. Webb City is in southwestern Missouri, next to Joplin, five miles east of the Kansas state line, eight miles northeast of the Oklahoma state line, and forty miles north of the Arkansas state line. Surrounding communities include Airport Drive, Carterville, Oakland Park, and Oronogo. Joplin is seven miles to the southwest.


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