Support these towns by patronizing the various businesses mentioned.
10. South West City, Population 1,672
Percentage of families under the poverty line: 21.18%. In McDonald County near the Arkansas/Oklahoma/Missouri tri-point on the southwestern corner of Missouri, South West City is located in the only corner of Missouri not bordered by a river. Support local eateries Las Palmera’s Mexican Restaurant, the Southwestern Café, and Corner Café with Main Sweets Bakery. Visit shops like Dumpster Diva’s and Swanky, Dave’s Supermarket, or PJ’s Sweet Spot (candy store). You can also enjoy a bit of nature at Southwest City Park and Ozark Valley Christmas Tree Farm or chill out with a book at the Anne Croxdale Memorial Library.
9. Cadet, Population 4,224.
Percentage of families under the poverty line: 21.72%. In Union Township in eastern Washington County on Route 47, Cadet offers local eateries such as Highway 21 Bar & Grill and Hot Shots Bar and Grill. Support local businesses including Jolly’s Custom Meats and Retail Store, Riddle’s Rustics, Country Chef’s Food Truck and Brown’s Market.
8. Summersville, Population 2,242
Percentage of families under the poverty line: 21.80%. Located in Shannon and Texas Counties, support this community by staying at the Spirit Valley Retreat or Country Inn Lodging. Do some shopping at Tammy’s Quilt Loft or eat at KT’s Kitchen or the Spring Valley Café & Bakery. Local attractions include the Angeline Conservation Area, Summersville Mill and the Texas County Library.
7. Birch Tree, Population 2,968.
Percentage of families under the poverty line: 22%. This small town in Shannon County has been experiencing recent growth, which may be due to local restaurants such as The Old Bank Catfish Café, Memories Sweet Shoppe, Just Like Granny’s, Uncle Charlie’s Deep Fryed Sweets, and Kelly’s Café. Or perhaps they can thank local businesses like the Hideaway Quilt Shop or Carol’s Imagination. Mark Twain National Forest is also a great place to see the outdoors. Let’s wish them well for continued growth.
6. Winona, Population 2,552
Percentage of families under the poverty line: 23.70%. Located in Shannon County, this small town has much to do. Visit the historic Reed Log House and Blue Springs Park. Eat at one of the local restaurants including the Apple Barrel Inn, Gonzalos Mexican Restaurant, or Ron’s Smokehouse. You can also go paintballing at Backwoods Ballistics Paint Ball, and learn about nature at the Twin Pines Conservation Education Center.
5. New Madrid, Population 4,175
Percentage of families under the poverty line: 24.49%. Featured in
More Small Towns
from earlier this month.
4. Clark, Population 2,451
Percentage of families under the poverty line: 24.92%. Located in Randolph County, population numbers vary by source (298 vs. 2,451!!), but Clark is known as an Amish Community, and will be covered in more depth in an upcoming post.
3. Caruthersville, Population 7,680
Percentage of families under the poverty line: 26.02%. Even though the population is under 8,000, this town is actually the most populated in Pemiscot County and also the county seat. It is located along the Mississippi River in the Bootheel region of far southeastern Missouri. It was severely affected by a string of tornadoes in 2006, which displaced as many as 1500 people and destroyed several buildings. They continue to rebuild, and are also host to the Lady Luck Casino and local eateries Carmean’s BBQ, Otis & Henry’s Bar & Grill, Little Pizza in Heaven and Grandad’s Deli.
2. Clarkton, Population 1,710
Percentage of families under the poverty line: 29..32%. The oldest town in Dunklin County, Clarkton was settled in the 1830’s and is part of the Kennett Metropolitan Area. The Charles and Bettie Birthright House, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located in Clarkton.
1. Hayti, Population 4,622
Percentage of families under the poverty line: 35.59%. Located in Pemiscot County, this town of under 5,000 is near to many attractions including Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site, Casino Aztar Caruthersville, the Mississippi River, and Reelfoot Lake. They also feature local restaurants such as Chubby’s BBQ, Los Portales Mexican restaurant, and Patty Ann’s Hickory Pit BBQ.
Just because a city or town has numbers showing a real problem with poverty, doesn’t mean they are not worth a visit. In fact, some of these towns would benefit greatly from our support of their local businesses. Are you familiar with any of these towns? Share with us things you love about them, or any other comments below.