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Small Town Charm And Warm Hospitality


Mountain Grove, in Wright County, is one of the friendliest and prettiest towns in the Ozarks. It's a community whose citizens work hard, play hard and happily lend a helping hand to neighbors and area visitors alike. It is served by State Highway 95 and US Highway 60.

In 1841 a settlement was built on land east of Mountain Grove near a spring in a grove of hickory timber. A post office was established in Hickory Spring in 1853. In 1859, a general store was built at the crossroads about a mile west of Hickory Spring.

This became known as the "mountain store, mountain grove or the mountain" because the elevation is 1,525 feet. One of the most famous incidents in Mountain Grove occurred in the middle of May 1883 when what was called a "nipping frost" caused every tree, sapling and shrub in the community of Fyan and the Fyan depot to be cut clean as from an axe. Thus, the joining of Mountain Grove and adjoining Fyan was a fact. In June, the name of the depot was changed to Mountain Grove. The town reapplied for a charter in 1886, changed its boundaries and held its first election.

In the Ozarks, you can witness the definite changing of the seasons, as blooms of all types burst forth in the spring, and the winter months transform the landscape into a winter wonderland.

The average seasonal temperature in the fall is 57 degrees and 34 degrees in winter. The spring average is 55 degrees with an average of 76 degrees in summer. The average yearly rainfall is 44 inches with an average snowfall of 17 inches.


Among area attractions is the Old Mill Tour, a historic look at some of the nation's finest surviving pioneer water mills. The Mountain Grove square is highlighted by a historic bandstand that was originally dedicated by Vice President Thomas Marshall in 1915. Through a restoration project, the bandstand and surrounding park were restored and rededicated on April 27, 1987, by then Vice President George Bush. Indoor enthusiasts will enjoy nearby Branson with its many nationally recognized live music shows and other attractions.

The Mountain Grove R-III School System boasts an AAA classification, the highest awarded. The Ozark Mountain Technical Center, Mountain Grove Christian Academy and Missouri State University Research Campus are also nearby.

Area medical care is provided by a 60+ bed hospital in neighboring Houston with complete emergency, therapeutic, surgical and obstetrical care.

Six different recreational lakes are within a 2-hour drive. Three major state parks are also in the region. Nearby North Fork, Bryant, Eleven Point, Current, Gasconade and Jacks Fork rivers and the Lake of the Ozarks offer numerous recreational activities and accommodations. The Mark Twain National Forest borders the area. The Ozark National Scenic Riverway, Alley Springs Mill, Round Spring Cave and Jam-Up Cave also have much to offer.

Mountain Grove offers many of the benefits of a larger city while still maintaining a small town charm. It's a friendly town where the people are helpful and courteous, and warm hospitality is a tradition. Come and find out for yourself. We're here to serve you.

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