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Neosho, Missouri

Neosho, Missouri

Early spring brings visitors to Neosho for the annual dogwood tour as six species of dogwood occur naturally in Missouri and are abundantly displayed throughout Neosho. Then again, fall is another pretty time of the year in Neosho. The wide varieties of hardwood trees turn stunning colors that leave the resident and visitor alike in awe of Mother Nature's splendor.

Neosho, a county seat town of 10,500 is located in Newton County on the western edge of the Missouri Ozarks. The name, Ne-o-zho or Ne-u-zhu, is of Indian derivation meaning "clear or abundant water." The nine springs within the city limits played an important part in the early development of Neosho. Spring Park is one of Neosho's main attractions with springs streaming by six rose gardens and a trout pond where all can enjoy feeding the fish.

Neosho, nationally known as the Flower Box City, received a grant in 1955 to launch an experiment in city beautification, and has since concentrated on easy care planters in every conceivable location. Flower boxes in front of business establishments, churches, schools and residential homes have spread Neosho's fame. The project is so much an accepted part of the city's thinking that many new residences and businesses have flower boxes incorporated as part of their landscaping plans. We are now proud to be home of the world's largest flower box.

In addition to beauty, four prominent American figures are tied to Newton County, three of them born here and the other one settled on a farm here and completed his most important work. Thomas Hart Benton, George Washington Carver, James Scott, and Herman Jaeger have been nationally recognized for their contributions to the arts and sciences of a growing nation. Along with details about the works of these men, historical materials about the area are displayed at the Newton County Historical Museum and the Longwell Museum at Crowder College. On McKinney Street is the U.S. Fish Hatchery, the oldest one in the United States.

Specialty shops, food, lodging, and of course, Missouri's largest Garage Sale brings thousands of people to Neosho on the first Saturday in April. Come and enjoy our year-round beauty, activities, and hospitality!

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Historic Downtown

A large portion of downtown Neosho is listed as an historic district in the National Register of Historic Places, including the Second Baptist Church, built in the Victorian Gothic style of 1896. Neosho's history is well-documented

Neosho, MO Historic Downtowns

Big Spring Park

One of the most photographic scenes in Neosho and a popular wedding site is Big Spring Park. The park features beautiful gardens, picnic tables, a floral clock, and a children'

Neosho, MO Recreation

Neosho Walk of Fame

The Walk of Fame is a project to honor citizens of Newton County who have made significant contributions to society and achieved widespread recognition for their work. Of the four men, three (Thomas Hart Benton, George Washington Carver, and James Scott)

Neosho, MO Monuments


Newton County Historical Museum

The Newton County Historical Park and Museum features a restored one-room rural schoolhouse and a pre-civil war log cabin. The museum, which was once the Newton County Jail, displays a collection of sheriff's badges and other artifacts and offers a gracious reminder of Newton County'

Neosho, MO Museums

Things to do near Neosho, MO

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

Preserves the site of the first Civil War battle in Missouri. Visitors center has film and exhibits. Five-mile tour road acce...

Ralph Foster Museum

A general museum relating to Ozarks history and culture plus items from around the world housed on the College of the Ozarks ...

Pierce City Park (aka South Park)

100 S. Gibbs Street, Pierce City, Missouri ENTRANCES ON GIBBS STREET AND ELM STREET - behind St. Mary's Catholic Church