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Spiva Park Collection

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Spiva Park, located at the intersection of 4th & Main, contains sculptures, reflecting pools, and samples of minerals from Matt Vickery who was curator of the Tri-State Mineral Museum in 1966. Spiva Park is located where the House of Lords originally stood.

George A. Spiva donated the park to the city of Joplin and held the dedication ceremony on July 7, 1966. Christy Cragin, Spiva's eleven-year-old granddaughter, unveiled the park's marble statue of a hard-rock lead and zinc miner. Raymon Sharp, a descendant of an early Joplin mining family, posed for the statue wearing overalls and a cap with a carbide lamp. At his feet lie the tools of his trade-a shovel and pick and his lunch pail. Sculptor Piccini Stefano chiseled the 1,000-pound statue in his studio in Carrara, Italy, then shipped it to Joplin.

Because "The Miner" statue paid homage to Joplin's mining roots, it was therefore fitting to embellish the space with other trappings of Joplin's mining history. Matt Vickery, the curator of the Tri-State Mineral Museum in 1966, donated twenty different mineral samples from his collection, the largest a 700-pound chunk of lead and zinc ore.

In July 2022, the Joplin Historical Society and Joplin History & Mineral Museum volunteers cleaned and updated the samples. A new sign was added with a QR code to let our visitors learn about the donated minerals.

Learn more about the minerals at 

the Joplin Museum -

504 South Schifferdecker -

in Schifferdecker Park.

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BIG- Sphalerite, Galena, and Dolomite on Chert

1. Galena on Dolomite

2. Calcite and Sphalerite

3. Sphalerite and Calcite on Dolomite

4. Galena and Sphalerite

8. Sphalerite

9. Sphalerite

10. Calcite

11. Sphalerite

a. Sphalerite

b. Sphalerite on Chert

c. Hemimorphite

d. Sphalerite, Galena, and Dolomite on Chert


LITTLE.- Sphalerite

4. Galena and Sphalerite

5. Dolomite

6. Galena on Chert

7. Calcite

8. Sphalerite

9. Sphalerite

The next three are on the right side of the big specimen, facing from the front.

e. Galena

f. Sphalerite and Calcite

g. Sphalerite

h. Galena on Chert

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