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Downtown La Plata, Missouri - The Center of Silver Rails Country

Downtown La Plata, Missouri

Santa Fe Espresso, Grandma's Home Cookin', Green Theater and City Hall

A Photo Essay by Carl Morrison,

October 16 - 21, 2011

Santa Fe Espresso Cafe - Best Coffee in town...the only latte in town.

Newly opened in Downtown La Plata since my last visit is the Santa Fe Expresso Cafe and Coffee Shop.  There I found Susan Walker providing excellent coffee drinks, with breakfast and lunch items in a non-smoking atmosphere.  I returned there during my week's stay at the Depot Inn and Suites for both breakfasts and lunches where I found ample supplies of Midwest Hospitality at Small Town Prices.   Free Wi-Fi is available as well.

While you are downtown, visit the Silver Rails Art and Photography Gallery on the same side of the square.

View from the Post Office of Downtown La Plata's west side of the town square. 

Santa Fe Espresso, two doors to the right of the bank, at 121 S. Gex, La Plata, MO.

Santa Fe Espresso  121 S. Gex St., La Plata, MO.

Order at the counter in back and have a seat at either comfortable booths or chairs and your food will be quickly and happily delivered.

A typical 1/2 sandwich and soup order at the Santa Fe Espresso.

The breakfast sandwich was enough for a farm hand,  Biscuits and gravy, another Midwest favorite, are also available.  The carmel latte brought me back for lunch.

Grandma's Home Cookin' - On the town square at:  129 East Moore Street, La Plata, MO 63549

Tom, owner and chief cook and bottle washer, will welcome you with, "Sit anywhere you like," with a half order of country humor on the side at no extra cost.

On the northeast corner of the town square.

Tom is a LaPlata Bulldog backer with the paw print out front to prove it.  A St. Louis Cardinals fan as well, I've heard.

The pool table makes this cafe unique to the county.

Green Theatre

While downtown, I spotted some activity at the Green Theatre.  I inquired and found that The Possibility Alliance with Ethan Hughes was helping with restortion work along the south wall this day.  I availed myself of the opportunity to take some photos of the project.

The Green Theatre was used in 1937 for the celebration of the opening of the Post Office across the intersection.

Don Crawford enjoying the help of The Possibility Alliance

City Hall

A walk around the downtown square provides an opportunity to go into City Hall and say hello.

La Plata Mayor, Charlie Thompson, wearing a Missouri sweatshirt and an Iowa hat.


North Side of the Square with Grandma's on the far end.


South side of the square including Santa Fe Espresso and Silver Rails Gallery and Memorial Library.


Doneghy Victorian House, 301 N. Owensby St., La Plata, MO 63549, Built in 1895, Added to National Register of Historic Places in 1989.
Next Door is:   Gilbreath-McLorn Victorian House , 225 N. Owensby St., La Plata, MO 63549, Built in 1896, Added to National Registor of Historic Places in 1978. Tours by Appointment. Contact Nancy Belfield at 660-216-9755 or 660-332-4224.
My photos of the Gilbreath-McLorn Victorian House:


East of Downtown is the La Plata Elevator, next to the former Wabash RR Line.



You'll nearly always see an Amish horse and buggy tied up at one of the hitching posts around town.



The La Plata Lumber Company on a rainy day.


"The La Plata Oil Company" is still visible on this abandoned filling station.


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