Webb City Area Genealogical Society
The United States Geological Survey has a list of documented mines in Jasper County that you can pull up on your computer, tablet of smartphone.
To view the list, use this link: http://tin.er.usgs.gov/mrds/select.php?place=fUS29&div=fips&map=on
At that point, the easiest way is to double click on Jasper and then download the 1,873 records in the HTML format – for free. Click “Get Data” and the Jasper County mine list will open.
This database will list:
• The mine name if known
• Type of mineral(s) mined
• Latitude and longitude coordinates, which you can type into Google Maps to look up the mine location.
• A URL, which pasted into browser application will bring up more information about the mine and allow you to open up a map of the area.
For example, the Oakwood Mine, shown in the accompanying photo, is on the list. It is listed as an underground mine, which produced zinc and lead.
The Oakwood Mine’s location was at, latitude 37.16507, longitude -94.47883. Google Maps indicates the location west of North Madison Street and south of the Center Creek 201 Wastewater Treatment Plant.
This link opens a map of the Webb City area. Clicking on the map, and the mines in that vicinity will be listed in the column on the left. https://mrdata.usgs.gov/mrds/map-graded.html?x=-94.47883&y=37.16507&z=14#search-results
An article in the 1907 Webb City Daily Register reported that the 400-ton Oakwood Mill on the Winslow lease had recently begun operating. A 24-foot face of ore was exposed there at a depth of 190 feet.
In 1911, the mill was moved to a new mine on the Sampson land, east of Knight’s Station, 5 miles southeast of Carthage.
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.
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 second Tuesday of each month in the Geadalogy 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.