In 1789 the King of Spain ordered an overland route to connect
St. Louis, Missouri, to New Orleans, Louisiana. This frontier route, originally an Indian trail, became known as El
Camino Real, or King's Highway, and still today it goes through Sikeston, Missouri, and serves as
its Main Street. When the Sikeston chapter of DAR was organized on March 24, 1914, it was only fitting that
the chapter be named King's Highway. It was the Missouri State Society Daughters of the American
Revolution who in 1915 placed a monument in Sikeston to commemorate the historic King's Highway.
Our chapter has members from Sikeston, Charleston, East Prairie, and New Madrid, Missouri.
Throughout the years the King's Highway Chapter NSDAR has endeavored to emulate
the DAR goals of patriotism, education, and historical preservation thus "Showing DAR
in Missouri." In the past we surveyed and gathered information on the cemeteries within Scott
County between October 15, 1979 and April 17, 1981. Our findings were published in a two
volume set in 1982 called Cemetery Records of Scott County, Missouri, Vol. I and Vol. II.
We honor veterans with cake for birthdays in Poplar Bluff and give valentines to veterans in
both Poplar Bluff and Cape Girardeau. In November we host a veterans tea at the historical
Sikeston depot. Each year we honor 10 Good Citizens at a tea. We also honor the two groups
of JROTC students in Charleston and New Madrid high schools. In September we celebrate
Constitution Week by asking students to write a paper on what the constitution means to them.
We keep these papers in notebooks so students can read them later.
Our meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month, in November
on Veterans Day, and in February the Saturday before George Washington's birthday.
Please contact us if you are interested in joining DAR
and would like to attend one of our meetings. Visitors are welcome.
Historic Sikeston Depot and Museum
- Vice Regent--Elizabeth Wilson
- Chaplain--Mary D. Zoellner
- Treasurer--Penny Limbach
- Registrar--Rita Laseter
- Historian--Dorothy Brown
- Librarian--Hazelle Wilson
For a glimpse into the history of Sikeston, please visit the following web site:
"Sikeston and Miner Missouri."
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Website last updated May 7, 2011.