Enhancing the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of historic downtown business districts in Missouri.
The purpose of the Downtown Excelsior Partnership is to provide a framework to guide the promotion and development of the Historic downtown District as a community anchor and a destination.
P.O. Box 513
Excelsior Springs, MO 64024
Main Street Tier Level
Downtown Excelsior Partnership (DEP) was formed in 2006 by local businesses, individuals and downtown building owners to create a vibrant downtown Excelsior Springs. With hard work, planning and many volunteers DEP has grown into an organization providing a grassroots effort to revitalize our downtown. Together we have worked hard to shape the future of Excelsior Springs and develop our downtown as a dynamic place to live, work, shop, dine and stay.
DEP supports the revitalization framework of the National Trust Main Street Program.
Excelsior Springs abounds in scenic beauty, both inside the city and in the surrounding countryside. The historic area of town is located along the East Fork of Fishing River, with winding stream valleys leading into the river and hills alongside. There are several native stone outcroppings, which are related to the city's historic mineral water resources.
There are three National Register listed historic districts: the Elms Historic District, and the Hall of Waters Commercial East and Commercial West Districts. These are also located within the local landmarks registry, plus a locally designated Boarding House Historic District. Individually listed NR buildings are the Hall of Waters and Elms Hotel & Spa. The local Landmarks Register individually includes Clay County State Bank (museum), the Oaks Hotel (apartments), and Carnegie Library (private). The last remaining mineral water well pagoda, the Superior Well, is locally protected.
A vast majority of the original 40 known mineral water wells are no longer visible. After the city purchased the private wells in 1930, most of the well houses, sales pavilions, and pagodas were demolished, as the mineral waters were piped into the "new" Hall of Waters. Today, a campaign to restore the historic pagodas and remark some of the orignial sites with new structures is underway.