Since it rained this past holiday weekend and is expected to rain everyday this week, I am glad I got a chance, while it was dry the week before last to visit, Grand Falls in Joplin, Missouri.
Grand Falls is conveniently located just south of downtown Joplin. This beautiful natural wonder is the largest continuously running waterfall in Missouri.
The water from the falls comes from Shoal Creek and plunges 12 feet to a rock ledge. Yes, I said 12 feet. Okay, so it’s not Niagara Falls, but it’s still pretty cool.
The falls spans across 163 feet in length. The lower portion consists of natural rock formations while the upper tier is manmade, first constructed in 1860 and replaced in 1890.
During the 19th century Joplin Electric Light & Power Company established a hydro power plant at the falls. The electricity from the falls provided power and light to Joplin, Webb City and Carterville. More history on the falls can be found at: http://bit.ly/1J40Qmj
Beauty of the Falls
Today the falls is a great place for a day’s outing. The beauty of the falls makes it a great setting for a photo shoot.
Watching the falls is also a treat. I managed to get some shots of the falls.
Not far from the falls is Inspiration Point, which offers spectacular views of Shoal Creek and McClelland Park.
Day Trip to Grand Falls
With it’s convenient location and fun sight, Grand Falls is a great day trip. If you are in Joplin I highly suggest visiting. It’s a good opportunity to get outdoors with the family and still be in the city.