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Discover Southeast Missouri

Posted Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at 10:41 AM

Like a winding stream, the River Heritage Region of Southeast Missouri reveals beauty, wonder, and inspiration at every turn. Delicately preserved river towns and quaint country villages and towns charm guests with turn-of-the-century architecture, antique shops, and historic sites.

Our region is the agricultural garden of Missouri, rich in cultural history, intriguing attractions, fun-filled festivals and spectacular scenery. This region brings charm and the unexpected to every aspect of your Missouri Vacation.

Come discover Southeast Missouri!

Visit Bollinger County, Missouri

In Marble Hill, visit the Bollinger County Museum of Natural History, showcasing "The Missouri Dinosaur" along with Native American artifacts and other area history. Tour the Massey Log House (1869) and the Alma Fisher One-Room School. In Leopold, see St. John's Church with one of the oldest pipe organs west of the Mississippi.

The Cat Ranch Art Guild was started in memory of local artist, sculptor and writer Tom Runnels who died of brain cancer on September 3, 2000. The Guild's name is taken from Tom and Saundra Runnels' property, which is called The Cat Ranch.

Visit Cape Girardeau County, Missouri

In Cape Girardeau, the region's largest city, you can take the Great Murals Tour, visit the Glenn House, a Victorian house museum, The River Heritage Museum, Old St. Vincent's Church, The Arts Council Galleries, The Red House Interpretive Center, commemorating Lewis and Clark's visit to the area in 1803, and the Common Pleas Courthouse (1854) sitting high above the Mississippi River in the downtown area. Take the Rush Limbaugh Self-Driving Tour and tour the Crisp Museum on the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University. Visit Capaha Park Rose Garden and Cape Rock Park commemorating the trading post that predated the city. Family fun....visit Cape Splash, Discovery Playhouse, Lazy L. Safari. and Conservation Nature Center.

Visit the Bollinger Mill State Historic Site in Burfordville, a 19th century grist mill and covered bridge. The bridge spans the Whitewater River and is the oldest of only four remaining covered bridges in Missouri. In the county, the Trail of Tears State Park is a memorial to the Cherokees' forced journey from Georgia to Oklahoma.

The City of Jackson's heritage includes the oldest protestant Church west of the Mississippi, Old McKendree Chapel (1809). Relive the past with a ride on the St. Louis Iron Mountain and Southern Railway steam train and visit the Oliver House .

Visit one of the most beautiful natural displays of spring blossoms in the state of Missouri at Pinecrest Azalea Gardens near Oak Ridge. Pinecrest is open to visitors from March through May.

Visit Dunklin County, Missouri

While in the county, enjoy the beauty of Crowley's Ridge Parkway, a national scenic byway and Morris State Park, with many kinds of plants not found anywhere else in the state. Kennett invites you to visit the Dunklin County Museum with displays on the area's transformation from swampland to rich, delta farmland and J.P. Combs Lake with its fishing opportunities.

In Malden, visit the Malden Historical Museum and the Bootheel Youth Museum featuring interactive fun for the whole family. Located at the airport the MAAPS Military Museum honors all veterans that served our nation including those who trained at the former Malden Army Airfield and Malden Air Base. Campbell is the Peach Capital of Missouri and hosts an annual week-long Peach Fair with carnival, queen competitions, entertainment and of course, peaches!

Speaking of peaches; the crop is good with its sweet and tasty flavor; watermelon and cantaloupes are now rolling out, along with sweet corn and potatoes. And soon purple hull peas. What a great area to live!

Visit Scott County, Missouri

Located on the Mississippi River Bluffs near Commerce, River Ridge Winery offers wine making tours and a gift shop. Local history is preserved at The Commerce Museum.

In Sikeston you will find a blend of "Gingerbread" mansions, cotton gins, and other reminders of the Old South. The Sikeston Jaycee's Bootheel Rodeo, fifth largest rodeo in the nation, is held here annually the first full week of August. Visit Sikeston Factory Outlet Stores where "Value" is every day.

In Miner you'll find Lambert's Café, known for their "throwed" rolls. Tour the Sikeston Depot, a historical museum and cultural arts center, or spend the day shopping at the Sikeston Factory Outlet Stores. See the state's largest collection of farm machinery at the Southeast Missouri Agriculture Museum east of Miner.

In Blodgett you can experience a working farm through field trips and/or seasonal festivals at Beggs Family Farm, in business since 1895.

Visit Stoddard County, Missouri

Stoddard County is rich in Civil War history, wildlife, and beautiful scenery. Just north of Dexter is Bloomfield, home to the Stars and Stripes Museum/Library, where in 1861 ten union soldiers printed the first issue of the famous military newspaper. The new national cemetery is located next to the museum and library. Also dating back to 1904, the old Frisco Railroad depot now houses the Berry-Glenn Historical Museum in Puxico, MO.

Hiking, canoeing, fishing and nature study abound at Mingo, Duck Creek Wildlife, and Otter Slough Conservation Areas. Special events throughout the year include old fashioned Homecomings, Chuck Wagon Races, Antique Car Shows, and the Missouri State Racking Horse Show.

As always, it is an honor to serve you in the Missouri House. If you would like to discuss any issue, please call 573-751-3629. You can also email me at Kent.Hampton@house.mo.gov. I look forward to hearing from you.



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