DescriptionNew Madrid is at the tip of New Madrid Bend, an almost 360-degree curve at one of the widest points on the Mississippi River. In 1811 the river city's growth halted when its terrain was reshaped by one of the strongest earthquakes felt in North America. This was followed by a series of quakes and tremors that occurred regularly for almost 2 years.
By the time of the Civil War, New Madrid occupied a position offering control of the Mississippi River. On March 13, 1862, after a day of heavy fighting, Brig. Gen. John Pope and his Union troops forced Confederate commodore George Hollins and his men to withdraw.
The New Madrid Observation Deck at the end of Main Street offers a good view of New Madrid Bend.
Visitor InfoNew Madrid Chamber of Commerce 537B Mott St. NEW MADRID, MO 63869. Phone:(573)748-5300
Things to SeeHiggerson School Historic Site