Joplin, Missouri Tornado: Tribute to the Town and The People
As I sit and look at all of the pictures of the destructive hateful tornado of Joplin, MO…I could not help but lay my head down and cry for the loss of life and the loss for a town. As growing up in Texas and living close to Jarrell, Texas that also was victim to destructive winds, I couldn’t help but put some feelings out there.
Fact 1.) Joplin was the largest city in Missouri, with a population of about 50,150 people as of 2010. There are rumors as to how the town got its name. Some believe it is from the ragtime composer Scott Joplin, while really it is from Reverend Harris Joplin. He was the founder of the first Methodist congregation the area had.
Fact 2.) It is also a place that Bonnie and Clyde spent about 3 weeks after they killed Newton County Constable John Wesley Harryman and Joplin Police Detective Harry McGinnis.
As you look at all of the destruction and chaos that it brought this town in Missouri, it is a horrible reminder of how precious life is and you never know what dark cloud is coming your way, Live life to it’s fullest.
We need to remember all the good little Factoids of this town. It has a lot of history, architectural homes, and buildings, and People that live there. These people are going to be in a fight to survive and this fight will only make them stronger. I encourage you to find out more facts, these were just little nuggets to start out with. There are other great things to still learn about the town.
This town from what I have read has a lot of great, strong families and as they re-build their lives, their, hospitals, schools, and church’s, Will continue to have a heart that continues beating stronger than before.
It is going to take more than a destructive tornado to make this town disappear…As the town gathers and sings…”We aren’t going nowhere…”