This seems so strange. The picture was taken looking north on Main Street when City Hall and Empire District buildings (at right) still had their second stories.


From the 3rd floor
of the Webb City Public Library

Old News

Something A-Muse-ing was going on from 1927 to 1929 on Main Street

Webb City Area Genealogical Society

February 21, 2024

The photograph above was in a scrapbook belonging to A. D. Hatton and features a group of Webb City citizens dressed in a variety of costumes, possibly for a parade or play. The photograph was taken on Main Street in front of the city hall that was located at 35 and 37 S. Main St.

The golden brick 1901 Century Building can be seen on the north side of city hall. The next building is the A-Muse-U Theatre that was located in the former Mystic Theatre building and is the current site of the Webb City Cafe.

Advertisements from 1927-1929 for the A-Muse-U Theater that were found in the Webb City Sentinel help date this photograph. Another business on Main Street during this time period was the Service Shoe Shop. It was located at 17 1/2 S. Main St., three doors north of A-Muse-U Theatre, with E. L. McReynolds listed as the manager.

The 0 hundred block of South Main, between Church Street and Broadway, is visible in the photograph and shows some of the buildings, including The Webb City Sentinel (13 S. Main), that were lost to fire in 1982.

To the left, note the small sign for the massive Newland Hotel building, which spanned the entire block between Church and First streets on the west side of Main Street.

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.