The Newland Hotel, in the distance with its two towers, really dominated Webb City’s Allen (Main) Street when this photo was taken circa 1900, looking north from Third Street.

Old News

From the 3rd floor
of the Webb City Public Library

Before cars, Webb Citians could get a ride up Main Street on a streetcar… or a horse

Webb City Area Genealogical Society

We think this photograph of South Allen (Main) Street is very interesting since we don’t have very many early images of this area. This one was taken circa 1900.

The photographer was positioned near the corner of Third and Allen streets looking north. The Franz Hardware building can be viewed on the east (right) side of Allen, at Second Street. It is the current home to County Care Heating & Air, 201 S. Main St. The other buildings in that block are no longer standing.

The Newland Hotel building can be seen in the next block on the west side of Allen Street. It is the large three-story structure in the photograph. Although the Newland burned, some parts of the building remain in use today. 

Note the Southwest Missouri Railway streetcar tracks running down the center of Allen, along with numerous piles of manure.  

The tops of the twin wooden buildings on the east side of the street can be seen in the 1910 panoramic view of Webb City. 

We have labeled some of the known buildings in the panoramic view. Wasn’t the Central School an impressive building?

Looking at the long panoramic photo of Webb City is worth a trip to the Third Floor of the Webb City Public Library. In fact, we still have prints rolled up for sale.

This small portion of the 1910 panoramic photo of Webb City shows a rooftop view of the same downtown area as seen in the photo at the top of this article. 

Below is a Sanborn fire insurance map identifying businesses that were downtown in 1910. Remember, Main Street was called Allen Street t

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Sentinel bound volumes are now in the Genealogy Room

The WCAGS has accepted ownership of the complete collection of bound volumes of the Webb City Sentinel, from 1983 (after the fire) until the final issue on Dec. 30, 2020.

Those issues can also be viewed on microfilm, along with much older issues.

Webb City Area Genealogical Society

WCAGS members staff the Genealogy Room on the third floor of the Webb City Public Library. Current hours are noon to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month in the Genealogy Room.

Everything you want to know about Jasper County Missouri Schools is available at a site compiled by Webb City Area Genealogical Society member Kathy Sidenstricker.