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Malden Historical Museum
The Malden Historical Museum was founded in 1955 by Mary
Kochtitzky, who began collecting historical information and
articles from area residents. The museum began in one room in the
back of the Malden Library which was founded by her sister Elise
Kochtitzky Byrd. Many antiques were donated to the museum for
display and soon the meager space available was overwhelmed with a
wide variety of items to display. A number of displays were set up
at the museum for visitors to view and those displays were changed
often by rotating them with items in storage. The museum continued
to grow and was a favorite spot for visitors, especially school
children who came individually and in groups.
In 1980 Floyd and Vera Brown donated their home at 201 North
Beckwith Street to the museum. Following extensive renovation, the
Malden Historical Museum opened its doors at its new home in 1983
where it is still located today. Thanks to the generosity and
support of the citizens of Malden, the museum has been able to
continue its purpose of preserving the history of the area. The
museum receives no financial assistance from the city, state or
national governments and is solely funded by memberships, memorials
and donations. Over the years, the museum has seen visitors from 23
states and four foreign countries as well as many from within
Missouri. A number of school classes, youth organizations and other
groups have also toured the facility.
Many special exhibits have been on display, including the "Back
to the 40s and 50s," "Easter Bonnets," "History of Malden Schools,"
and "Barn Again." Don't miss the "Archival Room" where the store of
histories, oral tapes, maps and pictures is steadily increasing.
All are being gathered into one room for easy access and
12:00 - 3.5 miles / 7 minutes - 12:07
Billy DeMint Grave
This is the famous site where a ten-year-old boy was killed during the Civil War for refusing to tell a group of guerrillas where his father was. Billy DeMint is a true legend in southeast Missouri. In 1941 a stone was placed where the community felt the grave was.
Some years after this marker was set in place, the REA was extending light service to the Henderson house east of the grave. In drilling a hole for the pole, the workers struck a corner of Billy DeMint's grave, proving that this was indeed the exact location where he was hung and buried.
12:27 - 0.8 miles / a minute - 12:28
Jim Morris State Park
The Jim Morris State Park includes lots of biking, hiking, and walking paths. From the park the Military Road is visible; you can access the road either on foot or on a bike. Troops and settlers used the Military Road during the Civil War to move across the Missouri bootheel. Come and visit the facilities that highlight the special natural qualities in the park. There are 27 types of trees and 108 different plant species documented, observed, and studied at Jim Morris State Park.
12:58 - 3.9 miles / 7 minutes - 13:06
Crowley's Ridge State Park
Named for pioneer settler Benjamin Crowley, this state park encompasses his homestead. You'll find log and stone structures that were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the early 1900s. Visit a unique geological formation at Crowley's Ridge State Park formed by water, ice, and wind action over a 50-million-year period. The only similar land form is found in Siberia. Enjoy trails, campsites, and a 31-acre lake. Trails throughout the park offer a closer look at the plants and animals that make their homes here.
15:06 - 70.9 miles / 2 hours 21 minutes - 17:28
Settlers arrived in this area after being displaced by the 1812 New Madrid earthquake and the War of 1812. Helena was named for the daughter of Sylvanus Phillips, a land speculator who laid out the town site in 1820. It became the county seat in 1830 and was incorporated in 1833, making it the second oldest incorporated city in Arkansas.
The city is home to the International King Biscuit Blues Festival, the Delta Cultural Center, Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas, and the historic Queen Anne-style Pillow-Thompson House, which is open for tours. Come and see more than 20 buildings in Helena on the National Historic Register, along with historic residential districts, four Civil War batteries, and a World War I monument. Stop by and visit the Confederate Cemetery in Helena where General Patrick Cleburne is buried. The downtown area includes a Sea Wall Mural.
Helena also offers excellent views of the Mississippi River from the Helena Reach River Park, the Helena Levee Walk, and the Helena Bridge to Mississippi.
20:28 - 129.3 miles / 4 hours 18 minutes - 13:46
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