Travelers encouraged to visit Marston Welcome Center located at southbound Interstate 55 mile marker 42.4

The Missouri Department of Transportation held a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday, May 24, 2011 to celebrate the completion of the Marston Welcome Center. Missouri Geological Survey deputy director Jerry Prewett and other invited guests spoke during the ribbon cutting ceremony.  The center highlights the great New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-12 and the region's rich history. 

Marston Welcome Center Ribbon Cutting

Phyllis Steckel, Jerry Prewett, Rep. Terry Swinger, Darrell Martin, Duane Michie,
Clyde Hawes, Patrick McQuillan, Steve Duke and Cheryl Ball.

Watch the Ribbon Cutting ceremony video      Watch the video of the Ribbon Cutting 

Marston Welcome Center Entrance

Marston Welcome Center

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Speakers

Cheryl Ball, MoDOT

Ms. Cheryl Ball, Assistant to the District Engineer, MoDOT

Rep. Terry Swinger

The Honorable Terry Swinger, Missouri House of Representatives

Clyde Hawes, New Madrid County Presiding Commissioner

Mr. Clyde Hawes, New Madrid County Presiding Commissioner

Steve Duke, Bootheel Regional Planning Commission

Mr. Steve Duke, Director of the Bootheel Regional Planning Commission

Duane Michie, Former Missouri Highway Transportation Commissioner

Mr. Duane Michie, Former Highways and Transportation Commissioner

Patrick McQuillan, IRIS

Mr. Patrick McQuillan, Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology

Jerry Prewett, MoDNR, DGLS, Geological Survey Program Director

Mr. Jerry Prewett, Missouri Geological Survey Deputy Director, MoDNR

Phyllis Steckel, Earthquake Insight, USGS

Ms. Phyllis Steckel, Earthquake Insight, LLC

Darrell Martin, Lincoln University

Mr. Darrell Martin, Lincoln University


MGS Educational Exhibit -- Hylan Beydler USGS Educational Exhibit -- Natasha McCallister

Active Earth Display Kiosk - Patrick McQuillan Understanding Earthquakes


EarthScope Seismometers in Missouri Interior of Facility

First two Earthquakes to OccurEarthquake Bench 7 and Cultural Exhibits

Interior Facilities Exterior WallInterior Floor



See this MoDOT website for additional information, photos and video. 
Also, see their News Release announcing the event.