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Bootheel History Cities Near Steele Recreation Sites River Access Area Map


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History of the "Bootheel"


According to the history of the state of Missouri, a little more territory was included in the Enabling Act than had been asked for in the petitions of 1817, including the panhandle district between the Mississippi River and the St. Francois rivers in the southeastern part of the state, now know as the “Bootheel of Missouri”. 

According to tradition, the little panhandle district in southeastern Missouri was included within the boundaries of the new state of Missouri because of the activity of Mr. J. Hardeman Walker, who lived on a plantation near Little Prairie, now Caruthersville, MO.
If the southern boundary line of the state had been fixed as originally designated, that section of the country in which he was interested would have been left out of the new state of Missouri.  He is credited with handling the matter in some way so that the territory lying between the Mississippi and St. Francois rivers was included in the state of Missouri, rather than in the state of Arkansas.


Cities Near Steele


Dyersburg, TN
– 34 miles
Caruthersville, MO – 15 miles
Hayti, MO – 14 miles
Kennett, MO – 30 miles
Blytheville, AR – 15 miles
Jonesboro, AR – 60 miles
Osceola, AR – 33 miles
Memphis, TN – 80 miles
Cape Girardeau, MO – 90 miles
Poplar Bluff, MO – 70 miles
Sikeston, MO – 65 miles
Nashville, TN – 205 miles
Little Rock, AR – 200 miles
Paducah, KY – 120 miles
St. Louis, MO – 204 miles


Recreation Sites


Reelfoot Lake
Tiptonville, TN

Norfolk Lake
Mountain View, AR

Kentucky Lake
Land between the Lakes, KY

Lake of the Ozarks
Lake of the Ozarks, MO

Greer’s Ferry Lake
Heber Springs, AR

Lake Wappapello
Wappapello, MO


River Access


I-155 bridge from Caruthersville, MO to Dyersburg, TN

I-57 bridge from Charleston, MO to Cairo, IL 

MO-34/IL 146 Cape Girardeau, MO to East Cape Girardeau, IL 

I-55 bridge from West Memphis, AR to Memphis, TN 

I-40 bridge from West Memphis, AR to Memphis, TN 

Barge access at the Port Authority in Caruthersville, Missouri


Area Map




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