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Benton is the County Seat of Scott County. It was founded in 1822 by Captain William Meyers and named after Thomas Hart Benton, Missouri's first U.S. Senator.

Population (2000 Census):
Benton: 732 (+27.3% from 1990)
County: 40,422 State: 5,595,211

Geography:
Land Area: 0.41 square miles (264.7 acres)
Elevation: 440 feet above sea level
Location: Near intersections of U.S. 61, MO 77 and Route E.

Visit in or near Benton:

You'll find two of the most popular places to visit in Scott County just east of Benton off of Interstate 55. Diebold's Orchards offers seasonal fruits and vegetables, most grown by the Diebold family, as well as anything you might want for your greenhouse. At Boomland , travelers and locals alike enjoy a unique rest stop with snack bar and ice cream shop, gifts, collectibles, gourmet foods and the largest selection of fireworks available all year long! The Genealogy Room at the Benton Library (across from the courthouse) is a helpful research room for genealogists and history buffs.

For more information about the City of Benton: City Hall at 573-545-3558.

Population (2000 Census) 
Blodgett: 265 (+31.2% from 1990) 
County: 40, 422 
State: 5,595,211

Geography:
Land Area: 0.13 square miles (84.8 acres)
Elevation: 325 feet above sea level
Location: At intersection of Rt. H and Rt. U, near Interstate 55

Visit in or near Blodgett:

Begg's Family Farm and Pumpkin Patch , one mile west of Blodgett on Highway U, offers a wonderful family experience during their Easter Festival, Strawberry Festival and Fall Festival. This working farm offers a corn maze, animal interaction, wagon rides, pick-your-own crops, play areas and more. Call Begg's Family Farm for details at 573-471-3879.

For more information about the City of Blodgett: City Hall at 573-471-5437.

Chaffee was founded in 1905 and named after the Chaffee Real Estate Company which was involved in the land purchase for the town.

Population (2000 Census) 
Chaffee: 3,044 (-0.5% from 1990) 
County: 40, 422 
State: 5,595,211

Geography:  Land Area: 1.8 square miles 
Elevation: 338 feet above sea level 
Location: On Missouri Hwy. 77 between Dutchtown and Oran

Visit in or near Chaffee:

Lake Tywappity offers a wonderful outdoor experience where you can fish, hike over trails, study nature and wildlife and enjoy a family picnic. The area consists of 147 acres of woodland and 37 acres of surface water. Chaffee is home to four community parks that feature sports areas, a public wimming pool, shaded picnic areas and community concerts. Each year residents celebrate their heritage with the German Days Annual Festival .

Commerce lies next to the Mississippi River on Highway E. It was once called Zewapeta and Tywappity.

Population (2000 Census) 
Commerce: 110 (-36.4% from 1990) 
County: 40, 422 
State: 5,595,211


Geography: 
Land Area: 0.32 square miles 
Elevation: 330 feet above sea level 
Location: On Missouri Hwy. E (off I-55) along the Mississippi River


Visit in or near Commerce:

If you enjoy history, be sure to visit the Methodist Church built around 1860, or sit a spell and watch the relaxing activities on the Mississippi River . River Ridge Winery, just north of Commerce on County Road 321, is situated in a century-old farmhouse. Their four acre vineyard sits on the hills just behind the winery. Take a tour, visit the tasting room, unique gift shop and enjoy a casual meal in the dining room, pavilion or winery grounds. Visit the Commerce Museum dedicated to the history of the town and area, and stop by High's Giftshop housed in its historic 1850 building or High's Funhouse est. 2002.  Camp in comfort at the RV park and watch the river roll by.  Join the residents of Commerce for as they remember the power of the river at the annualFloodfest in late Semptember.

Diehlstadt was founded by John Kirkpatrick on June 15, 1870 and was named after his friend Henry Diehl.

Population (2000 Census) 
Diehlstadt: 163 (+12.4% from 1990) 
County: 40, 422 
State: 5,595,211


Geography:
Land Area: 0.08 square miles 
Elevation: 330 feet above sea level 
Location: On Missouri Hwy. 77 north of US 62.

Haywood City was once called Hay-Wood City and Hayward City. The village officially became Haywood City on January 1, 1990.

Population (2000 Census) 
Haywood City: 239 (-9.1% from 1990)  C
ounty: 40, 422 
State: 5,595,211


Geography: 

Land Area: 0.08 square miles 
Elevation: 330 feet above sea level 
Location: On Missouri Hwy. 77 north of US 62.

Kelso was once known as Spring Hill but in 1858 changed its name to set itself apart from other Spring Hill communities in the state.

Population (2000 Census) 
Kelso: 527 (+0.2% from 1990) 
County: 40, 422 
State: 5,595,211

Geography: 
Land Area: 0.32 square miles 
Elevation: 330 feet above sea level 
Location: On US Hwy. 61 southwest of Scott City.


Visit in or near Kelso:

Historians will enjoy a visit to St. Augustine Catholic Church built in 1878. The 3-day Kelso Classic Men's Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament held the second full weekend in June draws teams from a six-state area.

For more information about Kelso: City Hall at 573-264-2334.

Miner was born following World War II and was named after Mr. Minner, an original landowner who once resided there. Once known as Miner Switch because of the railroad switching station located there, it was incorporated in 1951 as the City of Miner.

Population (2000 Census) 
Miner: 1,056 (-13.3% from 1990) 
County: 40, 422 
State: 5,595,211


Geography: 
Land Area: 4.1 square miles 
Elevation: 320 feet above sea level 
Location: Adjacent to Sikeston at I-55, US Hwy. 61, MO 62.

Visit in or near Miner:

In Miner you'll find the world-famous Lambert's Cafe - Home of Throwed Rolls! You can spend a day shopping at the Sikeston Factory Outlet Mall or see the state's largest collection of farm machinery at the Southeast Missouri Agriculture Museum just east of town.

For more information about the City of Miner: Miner City Hall at 573-471-8520
Sikeston-Miner Convention & Visitors Bureau

Morley was founded by the St. Louis and Iron Mountain Railroad Company in 1868. It was named after James. H. Morley, an engineer with the railroad.

Population (2000 Census) 
Morley: 792 (+16.0% from 1990) 
County: 40, 422 
State: 5,595,211


Geography: 
Land Area: 0.74 square miles 
Elevation: 355 feet above sea level 
Location: West of I-55 at U.S. 61 and MO Hwy. C

Previously known as Sylvania, Oran was named by a sea captain who had spent time in Oran, Algeria, during the Crimean War. It was founded in 1869.

Population (2000 Census) 
Oran: 1,264 (+8.6% from 1990) 
County: 40, 422 
State: 5,595,211

Geography: 
Land Area: 1.1 square miles 
Elevation: 347 feet above sea level 
Location: South of Chaffee near the intersection of MO Hwy. 77 and MO Rt. W.

Scott City was named after Scott County. In the past few years, the towns of Ancell, Fornfelt and Illmo merged with Scott City to make one community.

Population (2000 Census) 
Scott City: 4,591 (+7.0% from 1990) 
County: 40, 422 
State: 5,595,211

Geography: 
Land Area: 4.6 square miles 
Elevation: 350 feet above sea level 
Location: Intersection of I-55 and MO Hwy. K, Mississippi River to the east

Visit in or near Scott City:

Scott City celebrates its heritage with Railroad Day held each year in September. Popular sites to visit include the Mississippi Riverand the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority and the Cape Girardeau Airport.

For more information: Scott City City Hall by email or at 573-264-2157.

Founded in 1860 by John Sikes, the city of Sikeston is located in two counties: Scott and New Madrid. The overland route El Camino Real or King's Highway, ordered by the King of Spain in 1789 to connect St. Louis and New Orleans, runs through the city.

Population (2000 Census) 
Sikeston: 16,992 (-3.7% from 1990) 
County: 40, 422 
State: 5,595,211

Geography:
Land Area: 17.9 square miles 
Elevation: 329 feet above sea level 
Location: Intersection of US Hwy. 61 and MO Hwy. 62, just west of I-55 and I-57.

Visit in or near Sikeston:

Visit Historic Downtown Sikeston where you'll see century-old structures that house retail shops, restaurants and other businesses. The Historic Depot located downtown offers art displays as well as historical and cultural exhibits. Special events take place throughout the year: Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo (August), Annual Redneck Barbecue (August), Cotton Carnival (September) and special holiday events. The 4.8-acre Veteran's Park is dedicated to area veterans and features a large, lighted granite monument and flag display. The city's 14 parks offer something for everyone including sports areas, fishing (R.S. Matthews Park), picnic shelters and playground equipment.

For more information about the City of Sikeston: City Manager by email or by telephone at 573-471-2512.

Websites:

City of Sikeston
Sikeston Regional Chamber
Sikeston Convention & Visitors Bureau

The village of Vanduser got its name from founder John Vanduser.
www.vandusermo.org
villageofvanduser@gmail.com

Population (2000 Census)
Vanduser: 217 (+16.0% from 1990)
County: 40, 422
State: 5,595,211

Geography:
Land Area: 0.13 square miles
Elevation: 313 feet above sea level
Location: Northwest of Sikeston near intersection of US Hwy 61 and MO Hwy. Z

For more information about Vanduser, contact the Vanduser City Hall at 573-471-7662.