On April 9, 1851, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported the New Madrid Herald said the earth there shook longer and was more intent than any felt for several years. Preceding and following the shock a rumbling noise resembling thunder was heard. The earth opened near West Lake in several places and on the Wm. Connelly, seven miles from town. Six miles from town on the Silas Beavers farm the earth opened and threw sand and water to forty to fifty feet into the air. This was believed to be the first time the earth opened since 1812.

March 2, 1851 Commercial Appeal



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06/17/2017 8:14pm

I am actually not familiar with the story since it happened centuries ago. But if we are talking about Earthquake, there's nothing I can say but it was all devastating. No one want it to occur so all of us would live a harmonious life. We all know how capable Earthquakes are in taking numerous lives, that's why let's all pray for it not to happen!


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02/01/2017 9:46am

It was a strong earthquake . Many tragedies.

02/11/2017 12:35am

Little river valley is such an amazing place and the description you have written about its natural beauty in your blogs is fantastic. The history of this valley is very interesting and the present development in the area is also admirable.


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08/14/2017 12:34am

The story you are referring to isn't familiar for me. Perhaps it's because it happened centuries ago and it was not taught to us in school. By the way, I can just imagine how horrible it was for people to experience such destructive Earthquake. No matter how much we don't want such thing to happen, Mother Nature has her own way on reminding us on how we should take care of our nature properly!


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    Having grown up on Little River, I have been fascinated with it. Over the past several years, as a local historian, this area has been a special interest. 

     These areas have been treated much like step-children by Jefferson City and Little Rock. They seem to believe nothing has ever happened here.  Our history has been long and varied. Hope you enjoy my trip.  

    Near Puxico is the swampy Mingo Wildlife Refuge. One hundred and fifty year ago, most of the Little River Valley appeared that way. This valley covering two million acres was part of the largest wetland in America.

    Floods frequently intimated the Valley. Between 1815 and 2011, 15 major floods covered or threatened the area.

    Timber companies came in at the end of the 19th Century to clean cut the forest. Louis Houck, a Cape Girardeau lawyer and railroad builder, envisioned a rail network that covered the wetlands.

    Little River Drainage District (LRDD) Corporation was established in 1907 by an act of the Butler County (MO) Circuit Court. 

    Between 1909 and 1928 the LRDD dug nearly 1000 miles of ditches and constructed 30 miles of levees to drain 1.2 million acres of swamp and overflow land in Southeast Missouri. More dirt was moved than in building the Panama Canal.

    One surprise I had was the number of settlements in the area before 1811-1812. Another was the water connection between the Mississippi River and the St. Francis and I had no idea that Little River had enough current to run a grist mill.

    Norman Vickers


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