Since: Sep 09

West Plains, MO

#42 Feb 4, 2010
I don't know if im taking about the right building or not, but the old savings and loan used to be right by where that little dance studio is now. across the street from the west plains bank. ok, say youre going around the square, you pass the antique mall, which used to be aid hardware, and the savings and loan is on that next corner. theres a little dance studio right before it. i used to do my banking there.

Since: Sep 09

West Plains, MO

#43 Feb 4, 2010
i'm pretty sure thats the one everyones talking about. unless the savings and loan used to be in another spot before it was in that spot. but for as long as i can remember it was on that corner.
so be it

Rogersville, MO

#44 Feb 4, 2010
Now I have a lot of questions. If the savings and loan building was scorched then the building that exploded should be on the side where the burns are. Did the owner of the gas station die in the fire or did he committ suicide later? It seems I remember hearing that. It really seems like arson was considered. Isn't there a mass grave in the area where the victims are buried? I'm too far away to prowl the old cemetaries but maybe somebody could ask some of their older kin in the area. The ghost buster shows on tv are really hard to believe but I do think that sometimes spirits are left behind wondering just what the heck happened and if that is possible then a group of young people just out having fun would surely leave behind such spirits.
Does the West plains newspaper have archives?
LOL

Columbia, MO

#45 Feb 4, 2010
Bob Marleyyy wrote:
uhh im not a guy. im a chick. and my last name isn't collins. but i have collins blood in me. you dont even know me. or my family. and i come from the good collins family..not the bad one. Not Kevin collins family. i hate that guy. he is a bad bad person... im sorry if im not accurate. but i do know jimed got hit with a hatchet like object because i was with him. and i do know something similar happened there because thet is why it is closed down. believe me. my grandpa's cousin is a wilkerson and collins and he grew up there. and i konw he did. but im really sorry if it isnt all accurate. but i know my family history. and i know about my cousin..and im positive jimed got hit with a hatchet like object and he did almost die. ask st. johns in springfielsd. didnt mean to cause any trouble or but inaccurate info.. i just heard that is why it closed down from someone i know..named Brian Powers.
OH man! If Brian Powers said it, it must be true! He never lies!

Since: Sep 09

West Plains, MO

#46 Feb 4, 2010
Yes the west plains newspaper has archives. in the court house, there is a copy of the paper after the blast. also in the library. every halloween galloway park does this big festival thing. the halloween before last there was a lady that had a little section there, with benches set up for people to hear her stories. I dont remember her name. wish i did. she had some neat stories to tell about old west plains. She remembers the blast, and she may be the same old lady that a poster mentioned earlier, the one that was going to go to the dance that night but her parents wouldnt let her. ANYWAY, she remembered the blast, had alot of pictures with her from the scene. those pictures have stuck with me. i definatley would not let my daughter look at those.
yes there is a grave in the big cemetary west plains has, for some reason the name of the cemetary is slipping my mind.. but you can get to it off of grace ave. you cant really miss it. its a HUGE memorial stone, with the names of the people that lost thier lives.. in the early days, they had to replace that stone a handful of times because it kept falling off of its mount. They now say that it was because of the vibrations from the train that was making it do that.
woot

United States

#47 Feb 4, 2010
It was 40 people who died in that blast. The owner of the gas station was killed in the explosion. It happened as he was opening the door to the garage. I think the investigators eventually decided he did it on purpose, though I don't know what kind of proof they had..
native

Barnesville, OH

#48 Feb 4, 2010
The stories I have heard did say they thought the fire started in the furnace room,and fowl play was suspeceted.Some of the elite of west plains was killed at the dance.
Suicidal Butterfly

Sparta, MO

#49 Feb 4, 2010
The explosion was in the old library building.
truthteller

Barnesville, OH

#50 Feb 4, 2010
I looked it up 36 died,18 injured,several couldn't de identified,so they barried them in a mass grave at oaklawn.the names are on the stone.It's the west plains fire of 1928
Way too sweet

Forsyth, MO

#51 Feb 4, 2010
McLovin65775 wrote:
Interesting, did not know about those places. I lived in Pomona for years.
i am 31. when i was 16 i heard of all the creepy things that had gone on at dripping springs. some friends and i went there on halloween night for fun. it was really creepy of coarse. we didn't see any ghost. the more we walked the more we sank into the ground. it was too creepy and we left.
Way too sweet

Forsyth, MO

#52 Feb 4, 2010
ok all the info you need to know about the great explosion is in the court house, the daily qiull, and the harlene museum in west plains. it was a dance hall that exploded they believe it started due to a gas station next to it but in those times it was hard to be sure. The dance hall was on the square. Many original things and info are in the harlene museum. the head stone is in the huge cemetary on grace ave. many people believe that the head stone is haunted because it moves. It is a very
large heavy stone, maybe it just settles into the ground. i lived in a house close to the area and had to move because i felt it was haunted.

Since: Sep 09

West Plains, MO

#53 Feb 4, 2010
yes the ground getting near the back does get quite soft. there used to be a spring that ran somewhere behind that fence. im 30. i used to go out there all the time when i was a teenager.. and i usually go there every few months or so. im surprised we never ran into each other out there..lol
grave digger

West Plains, MO

#54 Feb 5, 2010
the grave digger will walk in this place and stay all night long,,video tape the whole night,,the pricks move my shit,,they will be sorry,,now,,is this building the one across the street from the west plains bank?,,the building on the corner,,up from brill title,,just tell where exactly it is,,not some old library,,some dance studio,,what building,,and the third floor,,is where i will be staying,,and what the hell was a gas station doing on the square,,what the hell kind of town was it back then?,,smoking and drinking above a gas station,,and propane,,back in 1928,,i didnt think they used or invented propane back then,,anyone want to make west plains history with the grave digger?,,if the tape is good enough,,the company taps will come down,,and the grave digger can be interveiwed with a fuzzy face and a voice over,,how cool is that gunna be,,ha haa haaa
Way too sweet

Forsyth, MO

#55 Feb 5, 2010
grave digger wrote:
the grave digger will walk in this place and stay all night long,,video tape the whole night,,the pricks move my shit,,they will be sorry,,now,,is this building the one across the street from the west plains bank?,,the building on the corner,,up from brill title,,just tell where exactly it is,,not some old library,,some dance studio,,what building,,and the third floor,,is where i will be staying,,and what the hell was a gas station doing on the square,,what the hell kind of town was it back then?,,smoking and drinking above a gas station,,and propane,,back in 1928,,i didnt think they used or invented propane back then,,anyone want to make west plains history with the grave digger?,,if the tape is good enough,,the company taps will come down,,and the grave digger can be interveiwed with a fuzzy face and a voice over,,how cool is that gunna be,,ha haa haaa
im really not sure what building it was. I once thought it was were the opera house is now. I dont if it was the same years or at
a different time but that was the original funeral home...creepy in its own!
Way too sweet

Forsyth, MO

#56 Feb 5, 2010
McLovin65775 wrote:
yes the ground getting near the back does get quite soft. there used to be a spring that ran somewhere behind that fence. im 30. i used to go out there all the time when i was a teenager.. and i usually go there every few months or so. im surprised we never ran into each other out there..lol
lol we might have....the gate locked on us once and was kinda freaky but that place is just really creepy haunted or not!

Since: Sep 09

West Plains, MO

#57 Feb 5, 2010
once when i was there, when the church was still standing, remember there was a cellar attached?
well we were down there once and the door swung shut. creepy, but a chalked it up to the wind.

Since: Sep 09

West Plains, MO

#58 Feb 5, 2010
woops.. but I* chalked it up to the wind.
Crazy Lisa

United States

#59 Feb 5, 2010
The building is on the corner of West Main and the square. It's directly acrosss the street from West Plains Bank. Has a big clock on the corner of it. The bank used to be longer than it is now and the gas station and dance hall were a part of it. (Hence the burnt floors upstairs)
grave digger

West Plains, MO

#60 Feb 6, 2010
Crazy Lisa wrote:
The building is on the corner of West Main and the square. It's directly acrosss the street from West Plains Bank. Has a big clock on the corner of it. The bank used to be longer than it is now and the gas station and dance hall were a part of it.(Hence the burnt floors upstairs)
thank you,,what time an day do ya want to meet me and go prove this thing?

Since: Sep 09

West Plains, MO

#61 Feb 6, 2010
i wanna go!

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