Big BAM Announces 2022 Ride Route

Missouri Life Magazine’s Big BAM (Bicycle Across Missouri) will ride across Route 66 in June. The upcoming annual six-day recreational ride across our state will be hosted by the following towns: Joplin, Willard, Lebanon, Waynesville, Rolla, Cuba, and Eureka.  


Big BAM preps for upcoming Route 66 ride

The 2022 edition of Missouri Life magazine’s Big BAM (Bicycle Across Missouri) will take place along Route 66 from June 12-18,starting in Joplin and ending in Eureka. More than 100 cyclists have already registered for the adventure.


Big BAM 2022 Early Bird Registration Ends Soon

Ride America’s historic Route 66 across Missouri in June 2022! You’ll ride along historic sites and iconic points of interest as you meander from Joplin to Eureka. You will experience the beautiful scenic Ozarks and pastoral countryside as well as passing along wineries and breweries and true Americana at its best!


Cheers to 200 Years: 21 Bicentennial Events

Celebrate Missouri's bicentennial all year long.


June 4, 1924

Actor Dennis Weaver was born in Joplin. He appeared in the CBS Western Gunsmoke and starred the NBC police drama McCloud, among other roles.


April 13, 1933

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow just wanted a little peaceful vacation time in Joplin but the police wouldn't cooperate. A gun battle erupted at their rented bungalow and Bonnie and Clyde sped away in blazing gunfire leaving two of the five Joplin officers dead.


1,000 Miles of Missouri’s Most Unique Museums

A Gentle Giantess, a 250-ton boat that flies, and 550 vacuum cleaners


Belle starr Fort Smith on a horse with a pistol

7 Outlaw Women From Missouri

From the “Petticoated Terror of the Plains” Belle Starr to the fearless Bonnie Parker of America’s most notorious criminal couple, Missouri holds ties to more than its share of nefarious women.


June 9, 1910

Birthday of Joplin-born entertainer, Robert "Bob" Cummings.


May 22, 2011

A terrible tornado destroyed a huge portion of Joplin. The worst hit was the city's main hospital. Over 7,500 homes were also hit. The death toll was over 160. In the days and week after the disaster, the community rallied together to help each other.