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Williams Creek Park and the "Spirit of 76" Recreation Complex - Mt. Vernon's largest and newest park is the "Spirit of 76" Recreational Park Complex. The complex features an Olympic-size swimming pool, four baseball fields, tennis courts and a Mightly Mite football field. Williams Creek Park just north of the complex has a pond which is stocked with fish and hiking trails with various types of marked vegetation that meanders around the park. The fishing piers are handicap accessible and picnic tables are available.


Located across Williams Creek on East Main


Gibbs Park - The Depression era brought with it several Federal programs to provide meaningful work for young men in the form of public works projects. The CCC had a military-style camp just west of Spring Park Boulevard, and from there scores of uniformed workers built such things as the Chesapeake Fish Hatchery just east of Mt. Vernon on Highway 174. They also built the open-air arena just off the southwest corner of the Mt. Vernon square. Gibbs Park was named for the family that donated the land for a perpetual park for the people.


Southwest Corner of the Square on Market Street


Wynne Park - Located on the business loop adjacent to the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center and restored Frisco caboose, Wynne Park provides playground equipment, picnicking and is the site of Mt. Vernon's Veterans Memorial.


East Mt. Vernon Blvd.


Gary Ewing Park - Nestled in big shade trees, this is a perfect spot for family and community gatherings. Lots of playground equipment for the kids, park benches to rest on, and a covered pavilion are a located at the park.


Located on East Center Street



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Williams Creek Park and the "Spirit of 76" Recreation Complex - Mt. Vernon's largest and newest park is the "Spirit of 76"

Mt. Vernon, MO Recreation

Harold Bell Wright

Many know that Harold Bell Wright's, "Shepherd of the Hills" was the most widely read book of fiction in the history of publishing! Few know, however, that many of the places, events, and characters are based on actual models. There really was an "old shepherd of Mutton Hollow,&

Mt. Vernon, MO Famous People


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'

Mt. Vernon, MO Archaeology

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 Recreation near Mt. Vernon, MO

Royalty Arena

Year-round events ranging from horse shows and rodeos to clinics. If it has to do with horses, it happens here....