Joplin is a city located in Missouri, United States of America. Although Joplin lies on two counties - Jasper and Newton and it is the largest town of Jasper County, it is not its county seat. According to a recent statistic, the city has a population of approximately 50.000 people and an area of almost 32 square miles. Two stories surround the mystery of the city's name - one of them tells that Joplin was named after composer Scott Joplin, the other one that it was named for reverend Harris Joplin, one of the first residents of the city. Joplin was settled in 1873 and since then, the city is developing continuously.
Missouri Souther State University is located in Joplin since its establishment in 1937. It was founded as Joplin Junior College and started with 114 students and 9 faculty members. In 1964 a new campus was build, costing 2.5 million dollars. The next year, the educational institution welcomed 2.399 students and 95 faculty members. Since 1977, the school has its current name and it is considered part of the high education system of the state.
Joplin Public Library was opened in 1902, when locals decided they would give a 10 cents tax for a public library. The building was constructed with a grant from the Carnegie Foundation worth of 40.000 dollars. It was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Ozark Christian College is a private college affiliated with the Restoration Movement - a Christian movement seeking to unify all the Christians. The school has the purpose to train all its students to serve God through Christian service.
Messenger College is another religious college, belonging to the Pentecostal Church of God. The school was founded in 1987 and offers even the possibility of online study.