Dunklin County Museum
122 College Avenue
Kennett, MO. 63857
Hours: 1-4 Wed. and by appt.(Permanent
collection of Indian artifacts, wildlife displays
and history of Dunklin County. Free admission.
Bootheel Education Center
700 N. Douglas
Malden, MO. 63863
Hours: 8-9 Mon.-Fri.
except Thurs. 8-4.
(Special cultural and
historic programs throughout the year.
Call for schedule and
Bootheel Youth Museum
700A N. Douglas
Malden, MO. 63863
Hours: 10-4 Mon.-Sat.,
1-4 Sun. Birthday parties
(Hands on discovery museum featuring exhibits on science,
arts and natural
resources. Admission charged.)
Malden Historical Museum
201 N. Beckwith
Malden, MO. 63863
Hours: 1:30-4 Wed. and Sat., and by appt.
(Highlights of the
include the history of
the Little River Drainage District and the
Dennis Collection of Egyptian antiques. Free admission.)
Dunklin County is located along the west side of the
Bootheel and is considered the "soul" of the area with a long and successful
history of trekking from the past to the future. The northern part of the County
is bisected by the famous Crowley's Ridge, formed 15,000 years ago as the bank
of the Mississippi River. Fertile land lay under swamps with mighty water
cypress trees dominating the plains. There is little evidence left of the the
pristine swamps except at beautiful Pierce's Landing Lake access at
Earliest man trekked down this ancient pathway thousands
of years ago, evidenced by many 8,000 year old artifacts found on the ridge. The
ridge was used as a military road in the Civil War by both sides, culminating in
the Battle of Chalk Bluff in 1863 with 5,000 men engaged in battle at Four Mile.
In 1832, one of the oldest settlements was named after major Henry E. Clark who
established Clarkton. The finest watermelon and cantaloupe are produced and sold
around the Holcomb area.
Dunklin County's seat of Government and largest town is
Kennett which is centrally located and was founded in 1846. Kennett honors its
heritage in the Dunklin County Museum located in the old city hall which is on
the National Register. Early farm equipment and replicas of early country
kitchens are a few of the 1,000 items on exhibit. The new Little River Drainage
Conservation Area and Jerry P. Combs Lake are combined in a 1,150 acre
recreation facility which hosts fishing and boating, while conserving the
wetlands. Kennett also has a semi-private 18-hole golf course. Near the town of
Senath, outdoor enthusiasts also will enjoy the Ben Cash Conservation Area which
is an ideal spot for fishermen and bird watchers. Heading south, visitors to Hornersville will be able to see the burial site of the nationally known Major
William Ray (better known as the first Buster Brown) and his wife, Jeannine.
North of Kennett, visitors to Campbell, the peach Capital
of Missouri, will see bright pink peach blossoms cover the rolling hills of
Crowley's Ridge in early spring. Visitors may also take the opportunity to shop
in the Campbell downtown district which is on the National Register. The
County's northernmost city, Malden, is both preserving its past and stepping
into the 21st Century. The Malden Historical Museum is noted for the model
portrayal of the largest engineering feat in the world at the time-drainage of
the swamplands of Southeast Missouri by the Little River Drainage District. Also
on display at the museum is the Dennis Collection of Egyptian antiquities dating
back to 2000 B.C. Representative of the present, the Malden Industrial Park
hosts an extensive recreation area which includes two golf courses and the
Heartland Motor Speedway.
Malden's "pathway to the
future" includes the Bootheel Youth Museum (BYM), Southeast Missouri's
family-oriented discovery museum. The BYM is designed to encourage curiosity and
learning through hands-on exhibits that are fun. Adjacent to the BYM is the
Bootheel Education Center which sponsors cultural, art and historic exhibits
from state and national archives.
Visit the Dunklin County festivals
during the Fourth of July in Malden, the Peach Fair in Campbell the third week
of August, the Purple Hull Pea Festival in Clarkton the fourth week in August
and the Delta Fair in Kennett the third week of September. For further
information, contact Kennett Chamber of Commerce at 573-888-5828 or the Malden
Chamber of Commerce at 573-276-4519. Ya'll come!