Area Information


The first known settler in what is now Howell County was a hunter named Adams who settled at the "town spring" in 1839. The county prospered until the start of the Civil War when it quickly became a hotbed for raids and bushwhackers. Things slowly returned to normal after the war and the county was reorganized in 1866. Mountain View, MO was settled in 1866 by Green McClellan who built the first store in the area. He used what was called "Klondyke" for money, which resembled the metal Mills once used for paying sales tax. Howell County, by 1873 saw the establishment of the area's first steam sawmill and steam flour mill.

The Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas climate is made up of sunshine and mild temperatures. Spring temperatures range from 50-70 degrees, summers in the 70s-90s, and autumn temperatures are comparable to the spring. The winters are mild and usually stay above 20 degrees. The average precipitation is 45 inches of rainfall with a few inches of snow each year. The area has very gorgeous seasons.

There are several area schools that provide a comprehensive educational program. They include: Mountain View R-III School District, West Plains R-7 School District, and Summersville R-II School District. There are several community colleges and technical schools within the area as well. Southwest Baptist University-Mountain View, Missouri State University-West Plains, and South Central Career Center-West Plains, offer students a diverse option to further their education.

Serving the area for 40+ years is The Mercy St. Francis Hospital. Also serving the area is the Ozarks Medical Center and Texas County Memorial Hospital.

Every year several of the area communities play host to a number of entertaining events. “Pioneer Days” takes place in Mountain View, MO, “Hootin and Hollarin” in Gainesville, MO, “Food and Forest Day” in Willow Springs, MO, “Cross Country Trail Rides in Eminence, MO, and “Old Time Music, and Ozark Heritage” Festival in West Plains, MO, all of which pay tribute to our Old West spirit and heritage. Another great event is the Cowboy Poet Festival, which showcases the Missouri Cowboy Poets Association. It entails cowboy poetry, humor, and Western music.


Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas are known for their clear springs, rivers, and lakes. The many area springs include the Alley, Big, Round, Falling, and Greer. They all produce several million gallons of water an hour. Just across the Arkansas state line is Mammoth Spring. It is said to be the 10th largest spring in the world! Some of best clear water fishing in the world can be found minutes away in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. It includes the Jacks Fork River, Eleven Point River, and the Current River. Also nearby is the Trophy Trout North Fork River and the Bryant Creek. These streams are perfect for canoeing, fishing, and swimming. Lake Norfork, Bull Shoals Lake, Table Rock Lake, and Clearwater Lake, can all be found near to the area. They make a great place for boating and swimming.

South Central Missouri is home to several historic Grist Mills such as Hodgson Mill, Rockbridge, Dawt Mill, and Zanoni Mill. There also are thousands of acres of the Mark Twain National Forest which are great for hiking, camping, and picnicking.

The Ozarks have an abundance of quail, white-tailed deer, and wild turkey. They can often times be seen while driving along our scenic highways or hiking in our Mark Twain National Forests.

The area is home to a few wineries. They include: Viandel Vineyard, Horst Vineyard, and Traver Winery. They are all located right off US Hwy 60 and often times provide tours and host events on a monthly basis.

The Missouri Ozarks are a great place to visit but an even greater place to live. This area continues to grow and is a perfect place to retire or raise a family.

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