THE BOOTHEEL 138 MILES • Hwys 61, 62; Rtes 25, 74
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got the time, bring a hearty appetite to this memorable stop. Once you reach New Madrid, stop and explore the small museum that commemorates the 1811 earthquake and the famous fault line. The admission price includes a documentary on the 1811 quake as well as displays of American Indian artifacts. After exiting New Madrid, make a right onto Highway 62. It’s a straight, flat, open road until you reach Malden, where the route turns north following Route 25. Sixteen miles up the road in Dexter, Fiddler’s Fish House is known for its spicy catfish and hush puppies Learn about the history of our nation’s military newspaper at the Stars and Stripes Museum and Library in Bloomfield Make a right turn in Dutchtown to get on Route 74, and take the leisurely trip north back to Cape Girardeau.
SARAH HERRERA COURTSEY LAMBERT’S CAFE
THE BOOTHEEL TOUR gives you an excellent chance to explore Missouri’s southeastern tip. Now full of cotton fields, the Missouri Bootheel was once a vast swampland. Settlers cleared and converted the area over the years, and today it boasts some of the most productive and fertile land in the country. This route is probably best taken during the harvest season when the crops are mature. Be aware of strong gusts of wind—and earthquakes. The Bootheel run passes through the port town of New Madrid, infamous for the New Madrid Fault and the earthquake that made the Mississippi River run backward in 1811. Chances are, you’ll be able to complete your trip without the earth moving. From Cape Girardeau, take Highway 61 south to New Madrid. The highway passes through Sikeston, best known for Lambert’s Café, “Home of the Throwed Rolls.” If you’ve
Mississippi River Tales Mural, Cape Girardeau