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Situated in the northeast corner of Dunklin County, near the intersection of Missouri Route 25 and US Highway 62, the city of Malden was platted in 1877, and named for the city by that name in Massachusetts. Malden forms a link in the chain of progressive cities extending north to south through the part of Missouri that is known as the Bootheel. The first European-American to move to Malden was Howard Moore, who came in 1829. Other settlers followed, but homes were primarily agricultural, and far apart. In 1877, the Little River Valley and Arkansas Railroad extended its track from New Madrid, establishing a depot at what was to become Malden, although it was a cotton field at the time. As the western terminus of the railroad, Malden grew as a railroad town. In 1878, Malden was incorporated as a town, becoming a city in 1889. Malden is just north of Providence and McGuire, east of Valley Ridge, west of Baderville, and southwest of Lorwood.

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