As I was driving around Neosho the other day, I started to remember the batting cages, miniature golf and water slide near the present day Hometown Bank and Oriental House locations.

As I was driving around Neosho the other day, I started to remember the batting cages, miniature golf and water slide near the present day Hometown Bank and Oriental House locations.
Many times, Mom and Dad would take us to play miniature golf or for Greg, he would use the batting cages since he was in baseball all of those years. It was a great place to go. I actually would get score below par. I never went down the water slide, but had friends who said it was a greta place.
Getting back to Greg, when his baseball team from Stella would practice, sometimes the coaches would surprise the kids and take them to the batting cages in Neosho or Joplin.
Years later, the business closed, but a new miniature golf place opened near O'Reilly Auto Parts on the boulevard. When we went out for pizza - which at that time it was Ken's Pizza (where Angel's is now), the kids would walk to the golf place while the pizza was being made.
I think that Neosho needs to bring back a those types of amusement places. Shortly after I started here at the paper, a family did open one up near Lampo Community Center.
Who knows, maybe when I retire later on, I will open up a miniature golf/baseball cages place. I think that it would a fun place for the entire family to go and make memories.


Todd G. Higdon is the managing editor and writes a weekly column. He can be reached at thigdon@ neoshodailynews.com.