Sikeston ( sīks'tən) is a
city located mostly in southern Scott County but also extends into parts of northern New Madrid
County in Southeast Missouri in the
States. It is situated just above the Bootheel although
many locals consider it to be an actual part of the region.
By way of
Interstate 55, Sikeston is close to
the halfway point between St. Louis and Memphis.
The city is named after John Sikes who
founded it in 1860. It is the principal city of the Sikeston
Stastistical Area, which
consists of all of Scott County and has a total population of
As of the
2000 census, the city population was 16,992, making it the second
most populous city in Missouri's 8th Congressional district (
map) behind Cape Girardeau (population 35,349).
Sikeston is located at (36.879570, -89.585172).
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the city has a total area of
18.1 square miles (46.9 km²), of which, 17.9 square
miles (46.4 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles
(0.4 km²) of it (0.94%) is water. The city is situated
upon the Sikeston Ridge which runs
north and south from 10 miles north of Sikeston through New Madrid,
Prior to 1927, the New Madrid-Sikeston
Ridge Levee was constructed to protect the area from flooding from
the Mississippi River
. In the
1920s, the Little River Drainage District was formed to drain the
low land area west of the Sikeston Ridge. By 1931, the levee
construction had created the New Madrid floodway.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 16,992
people, 6,779 households, and 4,602 families residing in the city.
The population density
people per square mile (365.9/km²). There were 7,428 housing units
at an average density of 414.2/sq mi (160.0/km²). The racial
makeup of the city was 75.52% White
, 22.36% African American
, 0.49% from other races
, and 0.99% from two
or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 1.20%
of the population.
The major reported ancestries in Sikeston are 17.1% American, 11.8%
German, 11.5% Irish, 6.8% English, 2.9% French, and 1.5%
There were 6,779 households out of which 33.5% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 46.7% were married couples
living together, 17.8% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families.
28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.1% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.98.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age
of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to
64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
36 years. For every 100 females there were 85.9 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $32,872, and the
median income for a family was $36,420. Males had a median income
of $31,846 versus $19,623 for females. The per capita income
for the city was
$15,509. About 16.2% of families and 21.0% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 33.3%
of those under age 18 and 12.0% of those age 65 or over.
When the first settlers came to the region, they were welcomed by a
wild and varied landscape. It was here that oceans and rivers once
ran free, and cypress swamps, marshes and bayous covered the
ground. Bottomland forests of oak, hickory, gum, cottonwood, and
sycamore grew wild, and prairies stretched as far as the eye could
see. The Sikeston-Miner Area, then known as the "Big Prairie," was
described as "a delightful spot interspersed with beautiful groves
resembling small islands in a lake."
At the beginning of the 20th century, the Little River Drainage
District was formed to reclaim the land. An engineering feat, it is
the largest drainage district in the nation. Today, seemingly
endless fields of cotton, corn, wheat, soybeans and vegetables
proclaim the richness of the legacy left by the rivers and
swampland. These bountiful lands welcome visitors to the
Sikeston-Miner Area where, amidst the nation's most diverse
agricultural region, two modern-day communities offer visitors all
the amenities they need and enjoy—restaurants, hotels, shopping and
In 1789, by order of the King of Spain, an overland route was laid
out to connect the cities of St. Louis and New Orleans. It was
along this early frontier route, know as El Camino Real or King's
Highway, that the City of Sikeston was founded in 1860 by a
determined John Sikes. Now known as U.S. Highway 61, the Spanish
King's Highway serves as Sikeston's Main Street. U.S. Highway 61
bisects the city and runs parallel with the original route,
Kingshighway, which remains a major artery in the Sikeston-Miner
Area. There are several fine antique shops, a Bed and Breakfast
Inn, and a number of the area's beautiful and historic homes, as
well as an El Camino Real Historic Marker identifying the city's
link to Spain all along the historic avenue.
Kingshighway also runs into the heart of Sikeston's historic
downtown. Along the cobble stoned Front Street includes the shade
and historic ambiance of American Legion Park and Sikeston's
Historic Depot, which houses a historic museum, an art gallery
featuring local artists' work, and a cultural center displaying
traveling exhibits from national museums.
Also in Historic Downtown Sikeston are centuries-old structures
which house a variety of retail shops, restaurants and service
businesses. It is also home to the city's oldest park, Malone Park,
and the historic Methodist Church Columns. These six majestic
pillars are a stately reminder of the city's religious heritage and
the beautiful First Methodist Church which was erected in 1879 and
tragically destroyed by fire in 1968.
Things weren't always this peaceful and "still" in Southeast
Missouri, though. From December 16, 1811 to February 4, 1812, the
area and the nation were rocked by a series of more than 2,000
earthquakes, the New Madrid Earthquakes. These great shock waves
were the greatest earthquakes in North American history. Today,
more than 200 small earthquakes are recorded in the New Madrid
Seismic Zone each year. The turbulence in the region felt during
the Earthquake of 1811 & 1812 was relived during the Civil War.
Situated near and/or on the Mason-Dixon line, the area was-like the
rest of the country-divided in its politics and allegiance.
Although Sikeston was only a small village during the Civil War,
its position on the railroad and the King's Highway gave it
importance. Late in February 1862, Union Brig. General John Pope
marched into Sikeston, where the head of his column fell into a
skirmish with 20 or more rebels headed by General Jeff Thompson.
point, Thompson robbed a bank in Charleston to pay men and buy arms and supplies.
has it he hid part of his money under one of the oak trees at the
corner of New Madrid Street and Kingshighway.
The Sikeston-Miner Area was again touched by the war during World
War II when the Harvey Parks Airport, now the Sikeston Municipal
Airport, served as a flight training school for pilots entering the
U.S. Army Air Corps. The original gated entrance to Harvey Parks
Airport now serves as the entrance to the city's Veterans' Park.
The park, with a brick walkway and monument, pays homage to the
brave men and women who sacrificed life and limb to make our
country great. Other features in the park include the display of a
50-ton M60 battle tank, an F-4 Phantom jet fighter plane, and a
105mm Howitzer cannon.
Following World War II, the City of Miner was born. Originally
known as Minner in honor of one of the original landowners residing
there, the railroad, when erecting a sign to mark their switching
station, inadvertently left out the "n" in the town's name and
Minner became Miner Switch. In 1951, thanks to modern day pioneer
William Howard McGill, the City of Miner was incorporated.
- During the Civil War,
Sikeston's location held some importance due to its railroad and
road location. In the fall of 1861, Confederate Brigadier General Gideon Pillow pushed a column of
troops from New
Madrid towards Sikeston and Cape
Girardeau. On October 4 1861, Confederate Brigadier General M. Jeff Thompson
reached Sikeston, planning to strike Cape
Girardeau; however, his manpower was limited, and he decided
to retreat into the swamps off to the west. On November 3, 1861,
Illinois, Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant wrote a letter to Colonel Richard Oglesby, commander of the Union
Headquarters District Southeast Missouri at Bird’s Point, ordering his troops to
"strike for Sikeston" from the Mississippi River town of Commerce. Brigadier
General Benjamin Prentiss and
H. L. Wallace were
also converged in the Sikeston area in preparation of Grant's
attack at the Battle of
Belmont. In 1862, Sikeston was used as a
transportation connection as Union Brigadier General Pope sent his artillery across
the river to Commerce to be sent by rail to Sikeston for cart
transportation to New Madrid in preparation for the Battle of Island Number
Ten. On February 28, 1862, Pope left Commerce with his army of 12,000, arriving in Sikeston on
March 2, 1862. Colonel William Pitt Kellogg, future governor of Louisiana,
commanding the 7th Illinois cavalry, was the first to encounter the
rebel sabotage of recently burned bridges and other obstructions.
The federals were attacked just south of Sikeston by a small group
of rebels led by Confederate General M. Jeff
Thompson called the Swamp Fox, a nickname previously belonging
to Revolutionary War
Brigadier General Francis Marion.
commanded a detachment of 85 horsemen and four to six experimental
cannons that had been manufactured in Memphis. Colonel James Morgan Illinois's troops were
reinforced by Brigadier General Schuyler Hamilton's 2nd Division,
hence Thompson quickly fled.
the area from Bird's Point,
Brigadier General Eleazor Arthur Paine, commander of the 4th
Division of Army of the
Mississippi, repaired the railroad and telegraph lines and used troops from Illinois to form a garrison for Sikeston, Bertrand, and Charleston. War records indicate that on March 31,
1862, there were six Union officers and 143 Union soldiers present
in Sikeston. On September 22, 1864, during Price's Raid, a Confederate force of 1,500 men
near Sikeston under the command of Colonel William Lafayette
Jeffers attacked Captain Lewis Sells' company of Union soldiers who
were moving from Cape Girardeau to reinforce two companies of
soldiers in Bloomfield.
- During World War I, an infantry
company was organized in Sikeston on August 25, 1917 until the
spring of 1919. Company K became part of the 140th Infantry, 70th
Brigade, U.S. 35th Infantry Division and
fought in the Meuse-Argonne
Offensive and served as part of the occupation force of Europe.
Between the two world wars, Company K was reorganized. It helped secure rail
centers during the railroad workers' strike of 1922, helped out
with the aftermath of the Poplar Bluff tornado of 1927, and worked on the Mississippi River levees during the floods
of 1927 and 1937. In 1941, Company K was sent to Camp James
T. Robinson, near Little Rock, where they drilled for eight months.
- During World War
II until 1944, the Sikeston
Memorial Municipal Airport which was previously dedicated on July 3-4, 1934,
was known as Harvey Parks Airport and included long, barrack-style
buildings as a site of the Missouri Institute of Aeronautics, which
was established after General Hap
Arnold asked flight training operations to triple their
enrollments. World War II
flying ace Robert S. Johnson trained at this location.
National Guard unit Company K was assigned to the Western Defense
Command in California. Also during World
War II, the local school students helped raise money to have a
B-25 bomber named the Spirit of
Sikeston, and the local International Shoe factory started
work on an army shoe order.
- Sikeston is also home to the Missouri National Guard unit Company C
1140th Engineer Battalion which took part
in Operation Iraqi Freedom
from February 2004 until February 2005. Company C has been
restructured from an engineering unit to a detachment of the 1221st
Transportation Company, headquartered in Dexter, MO.
- Located near the airport, Veterans' Park includes a display of
a M60 battle tank, an F-4 Phantom II jet fighter, and a 105 mm
- In 2000, the remains of Mason Yarbrough, a Sikeston native and
World War II marine, were found on Makin
Island and returned for a military funeral.
- The recently-built George E. Day Parkway is named for Colonel George E.
Day, a F-100 Super Sabre pilot who
is the only known American POW to
escape into South Vietnam, although he
was later recaptured and sent to the Hanoi Hilton. Earlier in 1955, while serving in England,
Colonel Day was noted for surviving the first "no chute" bailout
from a burning jet fighter. On March 6, 1976, President Gerald Ford presented him and James Stockdale with the Medal of Honor.
- On April 26, 2006, the national commander of the American
Legion Thomas L. Bock visited Sikeston to speak to American Legion
- Hernando de Soto, the famous
Spanish explorer, may have stood upon the Sikeston Ridge in 1541, although some
historical references dispute this, believing that he traveled
further south than Sikeston.
- The Hunter Memorial Cemetery, located on the grounds of the
local Presbyterian Church, was established around 1812 after the
New Madrid earthquake by
Joseph Hunter II who served under George Rogers Clark during the Revolutionary War and on the
Territorial Council for President
Madison. In 1814, a town by the name of Winchester
was laid out in this vicinity which even became the seat of justice
for New Madrid County, but the
town essentially ceased to exist after 1822 when the county seat
was moved to New
- The first house in Sikeston is believed to have been located at
318 Baker Lane. The "Baker House" was probably built in 1855, about
five years before the town was founded. One of the early
inhabitants of this house was Lee Hunter for whom one of the
elementary schools is named. In fact, the house once had a large
barn that was located where Lee Hunter school is now situated. The
Baker family moved into the house in 1888 and purchased it from the
Hunter family in the early 1950s.
- One of the first rail lines west of the Mississippi River ran to Sikeston, and it
was the terminus of the Cairo and Fulton Railroad until 1872.
- From the early 1900s until at least around 1950, the city had
more millionaires per capita than any other U.S. city of a similar
population and the largest milling company in the Midwest, selling
products to 23 states and seven foreign countries.
- In 1916, landowner Leonard McMullin built a home of Colonial
Revival architecture at 214 North Scott Street. Billed as the
"Flying Farmer," he was the first commercial pilot in the state of
Missouri, flying numerous exhibitions at state fairs.
- In 1931, J. Otto Hahs invented and patented the coin-operated
horse in Sikeston .
- In January 1937, a devastating flood and flu outbreak occurred
in Sikeston .
- In 1942, the last lynching in Missouri took place in Sikeston.
Information of this event is contained within the book The
Lynching of Cleo Wright by Dominic J. Capeci, Jr. The book
tells the story of a "mob" taking justice into its own hands in
1942. It marked the first time the federal government had gotten
involved in a civil rights case and how in the end a grand jury in
the town allowed "mob justice" to rule.
May 17, 1946, William
Jefferson Blythe, Jr., father of former United States president Bill Clinton,
died outside Sikeston on U.S. Route 60 after being thrown from
his car and drowning in a drainage ditch. This occurred three
months before Bill Clinton's birth. 
- On January 21, 1955, a mostly unknown 20-year-old Elvis Presley performed at the Sikeston
Armory.  
- In the early 1960s, Sikeston was where the first successful
tooth transplant was performed. .
1962 film The
Intruder, starring William
Shatner and directed by Roger
Corman, features scenes shot on location in downtown Sikeston
and at the courthouse in Charleston. .
- On April 1, 1965, Ronald Reagan
was the guest speaker for the Sikeston Chamber of Commerce’s annual
banquet and was presented an “Honorary Cotton Picker of Southeast
Missouri” plaque, perhaps as part of an April Fool's Day joke .
the 1960s, Sikeston became the location for the first Wal-Mart
store built outside Arkansas. Sam Walton was known for visiting the
Sikeston store several times a month by flying his airplane into
the Sikeston Municipal Airport.
- In 1973, the first Drury Inn was
built in Sikeston .
- Former home of "Gay 90's Village Museum," which displayed a
collection of music machines owned by Paul Eakins. The museum was
closed in the mid 1970s, when Eakins sold the bulk of his
collection to Walt Disney World.
- Former Senator Lloyd Bentsen
visited the rodeo grounds in attempt to gain support for a 1976
- On May 15, 1986, a tornado hit the city
of Sikeston and destroyed about 100 homes, prompting former
Governor John Ashcroft to visit and call on the
National Guard for
assistance. On the same day, the nearby community of
Vanduser was also hit by a tornado while storms precipitated
flooding to the north in Cape Girardeau. 
- A horse named Sikeston, owned by Luciano Gaucci, won the Gran Criterium in 1988, the Premio Parioli in 1989, the Premio Ribot in 1990, the Queen Anne Stakes and Premio Roma in 1991, and the Premio Presidente della
Repubblica in 1991 and 1992.
- On January 26-27, 2009, the city of Sikeston and the
surrounding area were hit with a devastating ice storm, the January 2009
Central Plains and Midwest ice storm. This storm knocked out
electrical service to large parts of the city for several days and
damaged a large percentage of the trees, making this event the
worst natural disaster to hit the city since at least the 1986
tornado. Restoration of city electrical power was delayed when a
circuit breaker at the Coleman Substation exploded on January 28.
Governor Jay Nixon surveyed the fog-covered damage by
helicopter and visited the Sikeston Field House which was being
used as a shelter.
- Lambert's Cafe - One of Southeast
Missouri's most popular stops, Lambert's Cafe
is the only home of the famous throwed rolls. It offers a
comfortable, entertaining atmosphere with generous portions of
down-home entrees and "pass-arounds" of fried potatoes, okra,
macaroni and tomatoes, and black-eyed peas just to name a few, not
to mention the hot, wonderfully tasty rolls flying through the
Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo - Held around the first of
August for over 50 years, the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo
provides top qualify family entertainment at an affordable price.
In the past 50 years, entertainment such as Matt Dillon, Festus, Dennis Weaver and Miss
Kitty from the popular Western series on television in the
1950s and 1960s have appeared at the rodeo as have some of today's
top country music stars including Alabama, Lonestar, Garth Brooks,
Clint Black, Travis Tritt, Tracy Lawrence, Sammy Kershaw, Doug
Stone, Lorrie Morgan, Tanya Tucker, Pam Tillis, and many more.
- Sikeston Bulls - A minor league
baseball team and part of the collegiate wood bat KIT League, which consists of teams from
Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Illinois. Although inactive in
2008, the team returned to Sikeston in 2009. The Bulls play their
home games in the VFW Memorial Stadium in Sikeston.
Sikeston Factory Outlet Mall is a 22-store outlet shopping
center and is the only outlet center between St. Louis and Memphis
that serves the five-state region. Sikeston Factory Outlet Stores
is located at Exit 67 off I-55, only one mile north of the I-55 /
Sikeston Depot, a train depot
built in 1916 and on the National Register of
Historical Places, is now used as a cultural center and museum.
The Sikeston Depot is home to one of Southeast Missouri's finest
art and history exhibits. The Depot's Art Gallery features
ever-changing displays by different artists and a variety of
mediums. The Depot Museum exhibits the intriguing history of
Sikeston and Southeast Missouri through permanent and rotating
- Southeast Missouri Agricultural Museum - The
state's largest collection of antique farm machinery is just a
short drive from Miner. At the Southeast Missouri Agricultural
Museum, there are more than 6,000 pieces of machinery all capable
of performing their original tasks. Many items date back to the
1800s and include tractors, combines, wagons, etc.
- Granny's Antiques - Located next to the
Southeast Missouri Agricultural Museum just outside of Miner as are
two authentic log cabins, a reconstructed service station, post
office, 191-room schoolhouse, old country church, newspaper office,
bank and the railroad station.
- Begg's Pumpkin Patch - A working family farm located
just six miles north of Sikeston-Miner, visitors can travel through
a real corn maze, pick a pumpkin, feed the goats, see more farm
animals, climb the giant tire maze, enjoy a snack or homemade
fudge, find their way through the giant MaizeQuest, and the
Saturday night flashlight night.
- Veterans' Park - A 4.8-acre park dedicated to
the hundreds of men and women from Sikeston and other communities
in Southeast Missouri who have valiantly served their country in
times of war, the park features a large, lighted granite monument
and American flag display. The park was constructed and is
maintained by volunteers without city funding. Names of Sikeston
area veterans are inscribed in the brick walk leading from the
parking lot to the memorial. Park visitors enjoy the static
displays which currently feature an M-60 battle tank, 105mm
Howitzer cannon and an F4 Phantom jet.
Bootheel Golf Club and Sikeston Country Club & Golf Course.
Raceway and Sikeston Race Park.
- The remodeled YMCA building was originally
built in 1925. It was previously used as a gymnasium for the middle
school and as a gymnasium for the high school before that.
Sikeston's YMCA has recently broken ground on an $8 million
renovation campaign, which includes an indoor pool.
- Malco Trio Cinema, the city's
only movie theater.
Entertainment & Recreation
Sikeston's Park system includes 14 parks, perfect for large family
gatherings or quiet picnics. The largest park, the Sikeston
Recreation Complex, features a fishing lake, picnic shelters and
playground equipment. With tennis courts and several soccer fields,
baseball diamonds and a little league football field, the
Recreation Complex is home to a number of sporting events,
including state and regional tournaments.
- Armory Park - off Main Street behind the National Guard
- Central Park - Edmunson and Prairie Streets
- Clayton Park - Butler Avenue
- Dudley Park - Applegate Street
- American Legion Park - Front Street
- Malone Park - Scott Street
- Mary Lou Montgomery Park - Illinois Avenue
- R.S. Matthews Park / C.P. Wing Lake - Col. George Day
- North End Park - Hawthorne Drive
- Roberta Rowe West End Park - Alabama St. and Sunset Dr.
- Rotary Park - Industrial Drive
- Sikeston Recreation Complex - North Ingram Road
- Veterans Park - Linn Street
- VFW Stadium - off Malone at Mitchell Avenue
- Kirby's - Kingshighway
- The Siketon Depot - Malone Avenue
A wide selection of family fun activities are available in
Sikeston, including bowling, paintball, and shopping for adults and
children of all ages. Special activities take place in Sikeston in
every season, including Cotton Carnival rides in September, haunted
hay rides in October, and the opportunity to visit with Santa Claus
(in person) in December. Blodgett’s Paintball Planet, located at
3921 Highway H, along with the Sikeston Bowling Center located at
1061 East Malone, are other entertainment venues.
In addition, the Sikeston Missouri Arts Council and the Sikeston
Art League offer a number of community concerts, cultural
performances and art shows throughout the year. The Sikeston Little
Theater is the oldest performing arts group between St. Louis and
Memphis. Their performances are not to be missed, nor are the
annual performances of the Arts Council's Missoula Children's
Theater. The new Albritton Mayer Center for the arts provides a
home for a host of multimedia cultural presentations.
Sikeston has long been associated with country music
. Some previous performers at the
have included Kenny
in 1977 and Loretta Lynn
1983 with Charlie Daniels
times. Upon his visit, Kenny Rogers
donated an Arabian stallion
auctioned off to bring money to the local cerebral palsy
center which in appreciation
changed its name to the Kenny Rogers
Sikeston is home to several houses of worship
. Some of the early Sikeston churches and those
with their founding dates include the following:
Delta Medical Center
was founded in Sikeston in 1948. The
hospital typically employs over 600 healthcare providers and has
close to 200 beds.
Of all residents in Sikeston who are 25 years of age and older,
73.3% hold a high school diploma or higher as their highest
educational attainment; 14.2% possess a bachelor's degree or
higher; 5.0% hold a graduate or professional degree; and 26.7% have
less than a high school diploma.
Area High Schools
- Sikeston Senior High School
Sikeston is also home to three private schools that serve both the
educational and religious needs of students and their
- St. Francis Xavier Catholic School
- Solid Rock Christian Academy
- Southeast Missouri Christian Academy
In 1892, a local high school known as the "Methodist College" was
established by the Sikeston Methodist Episcopal Church
school was disbanded after the public high school was
Higher Education & Technical Schools
- The Sikeston Standard Democrat is Sikeston's
daily newspaper that derives its name from two of the city's
previous newspapers—The Democrat Advertiser and The
Daily Standard which was founded in 1911 and became a daily
newspaper in 1950. In 1939, The Daily Standard editor
Charles "Pole Cat" Blanton was featured in Time Magazine; he had purchased the
newspaper in 1913.
- Previous Sikeston newspapers have included The Sikeston
Star which was founded in 1884; The Sikeston Herald,
a left-leaning newspaper founded in 1903 or perhaps 1900; The
Scott County Democrat and The Enterprise which was
founded in 1883 and eventually became known as The Dexter
- The Sikeston High School newspaper is known as The Bulldog
Barker while the high school yearbook is known as The
- In 1789, El Camino Real, also
known as "The King's Highway," was marked out by orders from the
King of Spain. In 1915, the Missouri Daughters of the American
Revolution erected a monument near Woodlawn Street in Sikeston
to mark this event. In 1929, the Sikeston portion of the
street was paved. Today this road is known as U.S. Route 61.
- Sikeston is located at the intersection of I-55 and I-57, making it the only city in
Missouri other than Kansas City and St. Louis to be located on at
least two interstate highways. Other Sikeston highways include
U.S. Route 60, U.S. Route 61, U.S. Route 62, and Route 114. Sikeston's location at the
intersection of U.S. Highways 60, 61, and 62 makes the city one of
the few towns located at the intersection of three consecutively
- The city is served by the Union Pacific Railroad and the
As measured in 2008, the cost of
index in Sikeston is low (80.4) compared to the U.S.
average of 100. The unemployment
was 7.6 percent in Sikeston.
major city employers include Unilever,
Missouri Delta Medical Center, the Sikeston Public Schools system,
- In 1904, the Little River Drainage District was formed,
establishing Sikeston as one of the richest farm areas in the
entire state. Agriculture products of the area include cotton, soybeans, corn, rice, watermelons, wheat, milo,
potatoes, and poultry
with native trees that include oak and cypress. Historically, the city was previously
known for its two large flour mills.
- Sikeston is the headquarters for Montgomery Bank which is the
largest privately owned, family operated bank in Missouri.
- In 1931, the Sikeston Board of Municipal Utilities was
established to provide electrical service to the city. The current
Sikeston Power Plant is a 235 megawatt coal-fired steam generating facility with excess
capacity sold to other communities. This power plant began serving
the city in 1981 after seven years of initial planning. The city's
first coal-fired electric plant, the 6-megawatt E.P. Coleman plant,
was built in 1958. The Sikeston Board of Municipal Utilities also
operates the city's water and sewer services and a 33-mile fiber
optic communications network.
- Besides Lambert's
Cafe, other Sikeston restaurants include Arby's, Applebee's,
Buffalo Wild Wings, Burger King, Dairy
Queen, Domino's Pizza, Fishermans Net,
Hardee's, Jay's Chicken, Kirby's Sandwich
Shop, KFC, Long
Mexican Villa (open since 1977), McDonald's, Papa
Murphy's, Pizza Inn, Pizza Hut, Sonic
Drive-In, Subway, Ruby Tuesday in Miner, Taco John's, Taco Bell,
and Wendy's. Sikeston also has
numerous Mexican and Chinese restaurants.
- Other Sikeston businesses include AgMart Sales,
Fabrication and Metal Works, Collins Music,
Construction Trailer Specialists, Days Inn, DeWitt
Company, Duckett Truck Center, Ferguson Medical
Group, First Midwest Bank, Focus Bank,
Garage Door Company
of Sikeston, JCPenney, J-J-N Enterprises,
Lowe's, Meyers Supply
Company, Mitchell Insurance, NewWave
Communications, Pyramid Roofing Company, Retco Trailer
Manufacturing, Steward Steel, The UPS Store, and
Walgreens with multiple locations for
Dollar General, Raymond James, State Farm Insurance, and U.S. Bancorp.
July 2008, it was announced that Memphis-based company Orgill Inc., the world's largest
independent distributor of home improvement products, would build a
795,000 square-foot facility in Sikeston estimated to employ
between 150 to 350 employees. The company plans to open the
facility in August 2009. 
cities are Yeosu, South Korea and Buffalo, New York.
Notable People from Sikeston
Politicians & Attorneys
- Kenny C. Hulshof, former Republican 2008 Missouri gubernatorial
candidate and congressman who represented the Missouri's 9th Congressional District was born in
Sikeston in 1958. Hulshof did carry Scott County in the governor's
election by over 7 percentage points.
- Maida Coleman, a Democrat from St.
Louis and assistant minority leader in the Missouri Senate, was
born in Sikeston in 1954.
- Charles Augustus Crow, a former
Republican one-term congressman from Caruthersville, was born on a
farm near Sikeston in 1873.
- Ralph Emerson Bailey, a
former Republican one-term congressman, lived in Sikeston and is
buried in the city cemetery in Sikeston.
- Alfred C. Sikes, former chairman of the Federal Communications
- Peter C. Myers, former Deputy Secretary
of Agriculture and state representative. .
- Lloyd Smith, executive director of the Missouri Republican
- Matthew S. Murray, who was appointed Director of Public
Works for Kansas
City at the request of Tom
Pendergast in 1926, lived in Sikeston from 1908 until
- David Blanton, former U.S.
the Eastern District of Missouri.
- Harry Cullen Blanton, former U.S.
the Eastern District of Missouri.
Military & Business Leaders
- James Wilder, a former NFL player who was an All-Pro running back with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he set
numerous team records.() He previously played for the Sikeston High
School football team.
- Brandon Barnes, a former
Washington Redskins NFL player, former all-conference
linebacker at the University of Missouri, and former Sikeston High School football team
player. Barnes currently serves as the wide
receivers coach for the University of Missouri football team.
- George Woods, a former
resident who still holds the Sikeston High School record in the
shot put, won Olympic silver
medals in the shot put in 1968 and
- Charlie Babb, a safety for the Miami Dolphins in the 1970s, was born in
Dement, a football player and attorney who was inducted into
Football Hall of Fame in 1998, previously played for the Sikeston High
School football team.
- Blake DeWitt, a former Sikeston
High School baseball player who was drafted in the first round of
the 28th overall pick in the 2004 Major League Baseball
Draft by the Los Angeles
Dodgers, was born in Sikeston. He plays second base and third
base for the Los Angeles
- Eric Hurley, a pitcher for the
Texas Rangers, was born in
Sikeston. He was also selected in the 2004 Major League Baseball
Draft only two picks after Sikeston's Blake DeWitt.
Television and Movie Personalities and Entertainers
- Jacqueline Scott, an actress
who made multiple appearances on such television shows as Gunsmoke, The Outer Limits, Bonanza, The
Planet of the Apes,
and Barnaby Jones, was also born in
- Marjorie Montgomery, a child
actress, dancer, and fashion designer.
Shain, local television news anchor who worked at KFVS-TV for over 35 years.
- Miss Missouri Teen USA
winners from 1991 Audra Sherman and 1998 Brittany McDonald. Sherman
finished as the second runner-up in the Miss Teen USA Pageant.
- Cody Alcorn, a graduate of Sikeston Public Schools, is a news
anchor for WHNS Fox Carolina in Greenville, SC.()
Parkes, a fantasy artist and former
resident of Canalou who was born in Sikeston. 
- Scott Crockett was born in Sikeston. He is an animator who has
worked on cartoons, like Kappa Mikey,
which appears on Nickelodeon. He has also worked on Ellen's Acres
and Furby Island. 
- Catherine Camden, a local artist who paints portraits from life
as well photographs. Her work has been referred to as "the gift of
portraying emotion." Her skill with oils and pastels is well-known,
not only in Southeast Missouri but across the nation. Her paintings
have been displayed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the
Historic Cape Girardeau Waterfront District, and the Portageville
Public Library.