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Big Spring

When the Moore family first settled there, there were Indian camps all along the bottom land. This spring puts out up to 13 million gallons of water a day, and has been a popular family picnic site for over a hundred years. It is located just beyond Rebel's Bluff and Old Shepherd's Grave at Williams Cemetery.

Spring River and Honey Creek, had Native American villages and campsites every quarter of a mile of its length, and "arrowhead" collecting is still a pastime for local buffs.

Early inhabitants included in the Hopewell-Mississippian people, followed by the Osage, Algonquins, (Kickapoo and Delaware). The "Indian Removal Act of 1830" forced these people off the land and opened it up for the first white settlers in 1831.


Address: West Highway

Come visit us in Mt. Vernon, Missouri

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Lawrence County Courthouse

Built in 1900 of native limestone, this is the third courthouse on this site. A statue of Justice graces the top of this historic landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The first courthouse was built of wood in 1846

Mt. Vernon, MO Historic Courthouses

Frisco Caboose and Visitor Center

Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce operates an office and visitor center at the start of the Ozark Mountain Parkway (Route 265)

Mt. Vernon, MO Railroad History

Mt.Vernon Golf Course

Mt. Vernon's golf course features a nine-hole course, clubhouse, and golf cart rental and storage. There are a number of active leagues, including a senior men's league and Ladies' Golf Association.

Mt. Vernon, MO Recreation

Grave of the Old Shepherd

In his book, "Old Matt's View of It," J.K. Ross wrote about the death of the Old Shepherd from Mutton Hollow. He was gored to death by a bull. A Civil War tombstone marks the grave of James Marion Wood, who met this untimely fate in 1910

Mt. Vernon, MO Cemeteries


Things to do Archaeology near Mt. Vernon, MO