Aid Antique Mall

Though it made international news at the time, few recall the tragic 1928 dance hall explosion that changed West Plains forever. For this segment of our ongoing history series, Sense of Place, KSMU’s Emma Wilson explores the history of this mysterious disaster and the woman who penned it back into the public conversation.

[sound: café noises, talking]

Sitting in the café in the Aid Antique Mall on the West Plains square, Lin Waterhouse and Mayor Joe Paul Evans mull over the details of an eighty-two-year-old mystery.