Clearing the rock house and select trees on the southwest corner of Highway 96 and Route D began in December.

Landmark rock house at 96 and D is gone

Former intersection landmark cleared away for a new bank

Long before the Fast 4u convenience store, Harry S Truman Elementary, the strip shopping center and Oronogo’s new housing developments populated the intersection of Highway 96 and Route D, there was a unique rock house that served as a landmark.

Today, the rock house is gone, demolished to make way for a new branch of Southwest Missouri Bank.

It’s not readily known who built the house. David Collard, who sold the property to SMB, said there was no abstract when he purchased it.

One clue was found suggesting when the house was built. The excavator operator found a 1929 newspaper with a story about Webb City’s football victory over Carthage.

Plans for the new branch have not been publicized yet, but Tony Cantrell, superintendent of public works for Oronogo, said the site plan he has seen includes a community building.

All that was left of the house Tuesday was the chimney and a portion of the front hiding behind a pine tree. David Collard notes the house exterior featured Carthage stone as well as mine rock.

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