About the Ozarks

The Ozarks, a beautiful place to live.

The rugged beauty and majestic wonders of the Ozarks provide residents an exciting and inspiring array of year-round outdoor adventures and activities. Stunning views of sparkling mountain rivers, clear-water lakes, magnificent waterfalls and rocky mountain caverns provide an amazing backdrop to a simpler way of life and a lower cost of living. Ozark communities are laid back and relaxed, with a modern-day lifestyle.

Farming and ranching are major lifestyles in the Ozarks. Our lush pastures and long growing seasons make this region ideal for raising livestock. The past years we have been ranked #2 in beef production allowing farmers and ranchers to sustain their families while living a life out of the big city. If you are thinking of starting your own hobby farm, or are ready to start a life of farming or ranching look no further than right here in the Ozarks.

Enjoy year-round adventures such as world-class trout and lake fishing, water knee boarding and skiing, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, zip-lining through the trees, canoeing, hunting, and golfing on pristine courses. You’ll also experience a wide array of shopping, theme parks, and world-class entertainment. Make your home in the Ozarks by contacting us at 417-469-2316.

The Ozarks is a beautiful region with magnificent landscapes, friendly people, and excellent opportunities. If you are thinking about moving to the area and would like to learn more about life in the Ozarks this is a great place to learn more your future home town community. Contact Doris Harris at 417-255-0363

History of West Plains

West Plains Missouri has a rich and interesting past beginning with Josiah Howell who homesteaded in 1839 at the town spring where the public library now stands. In 1850, John Woodside laid out West Plains with Josephus M. Howell opening the first post office. He named it for the location – on the “plains west” of Thomasville, then the county seat. After its creation in 1857, West Plains Missouri became the set of the new Howell County and was incorporated in 1861. The County grew to slightly over 3,000 people by the outbreak of the Civil War with 150 of those in town.

As the largest city within a 100 mile radius, West Plains is still the trade and tourist center of southern Missouri and north eastern Arkansas, and still growing with a population of over 9,000. In 1993 and 1995, West Plains Missouri received national recognition as one of “The 100 Best Small Towns in America” by Norman Crampton, a nationwide guide to the best in small town living.