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Texas County was formed in 1843 and was formally organized/renamed in 1845. Timber created a solid economic base with Mark Twain National Forest nearby. Farming was also productive featuring corn, wheat, oats, hay and some livestock by the early 1900s. A wet-weather salt lick inspired the name for the town of Licking, Missouri. In 1826, the first homes were established in “The Settlement of Lick.” A petition to incorporate the town of Licking was presented in 1878.


There are four seasons and a generally mild climate in Texas County. Licking, MO receives 46 inches of rain and 13 inches of snow with measurable precipitation falling on an average of 70 days out of the year. Approximately 206 sunny days allow for growing lots of grass and ample opportunity to enjoy the numerous hills, springs, creeks, rivers and caves.


Hunting plays a major role in our recreation in South Central Missouri. White tail deer, turkey, quail, dove, rabbit and running/treeing hounds are the main stream. Lakes such as Norfork, Bullshoals, Stockton, Lake of the Ozarks, Table Rock, Taneycomo and Truman are a water wonderland for skiers, fisherman, campers and sight seekers. The Missouri Ozark Riverway’s are never ending, we have water flowing both north and south. From Mansfield to Licking, North of U.S. 60 and west of 63 flowing in a northeast direction are the Gasconade, Osage Fork of Gasconade, Woods Fork of Gasconade, Little Piney, Big Piney, Roubidouix, all of which flow into each other and into the Missouri River. On the other side of the road, we have the Current, North & South Prong of the Jacks Fork, Jacks Fork, Eleven Point River, Northfork of the White River, Bryant Creek, Fox Creek, Beaver Creek, Swan Creek which all flow in a south to southeasterly direction. Oakwood Golf Club in Houston, MO is a challenging, nine-hole course, while the Texas County Historical Society & Military Museum displays the rich heritage of Texas County. Floating, hunting, fishing, camping and more are popular at Boiling Springs Resort. Montauk State Park is a green retreat located at the headwaters of the Current River. Eminence Cottages and Camp are located in the center of Missouri’s largest national park.



Agriculture is a major industry in Texas County with hay, beef and dairy farms abound ranking 3 and 4th state wide. Timber products include and not limited to, hardwood flooring, railroad ties, furniture, gun stocks, whiskey barrels, power poles and pallets. All coming from a wide variety of Oak, Walnut and Pine. Additional significant employers in Texas County include South Central Correctional Center at Licking, Houston R-1 School District, Texas County Memorial Hospital and The Durham Company. Licking R-VIII School District also serves local K-12 students and Texas County Technical College offers certificate as well as associate degree programs in healthcare and additional short-term courses. Live the lifestyle you desire in Texas County, the largest county in Missouri. UCRE |Ozarks Land and Home Realty and Auction, headquartered in Licking, MO, provides the expertise you need to find whatever Missouri real estate you’re in search of. The real estate and auction experts at Ozarks Land and Home Realty and Auction are here to serve all your buying or selling needs. Contact our office in Licking, MO today to learn about how to take advantage of more than 90 years of unmatched lifestyle property expertise.


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