(submitted by and photos by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)
Located about 8 miles ESE of Kosciusko, Joplin, while it was so-called, lay between New Hope and the old Ayres communities, It was named for John W. Joplin who had settled in the New Hope Community at an early date and moved here in 1870 because of the opportunity to secure a large tract of government land for a sawmill site.
Joe Keith is said to have been the only man located in the immediate area at the time Joplin built his mill, but Joplin moved in two families to work there. William Hollingsworth had already located to the southeast, and the Gregory's, along with others, soon moved nearby. As the timber became exhausted on his land Joplin gradually sold it in small tracts.
After the death of Joplin in 1902, his sons continued to operate the mill for a few years but eventually moved it to Williamsville.
GPS: 33.031111, -89.465278
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