Area Information



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 ample opportunity to enjoy the numerous hills, springs, creeks, rivers and caves.


Golden Hill Trail Ranch & Resort features 200 miles of trails and private roads and picturesque valleys. 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. Additional significant employers in Houston 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.

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