About Houston Missouri

Whether you are looking for a place to raise a family or planning your retirement, we believe Houston Missouri and the areas that surround Texas County have it all! We invite you to explore this beautiful region of the Ozarks and turn your vacation into a permanent lifestyle here in Houston Missouri.

Finding a home that is comfortable and meets your needs makes any move easier. Our area offers a wide range of attractive homes. Whether you are looking for a small home, need space for a growing family, ready to build that dream home or own a large ranch or farm in the country, Bartlett Real Estate is ready to assist you! If you plan on buying a house in the area, you will be happy to know that homes are affordable.

Many new residents find that lower taxes are another incentive to purchase a home in Texas County. Moderate prices and attractive houses make buying and owning a home in Texas County an enjoyable experience.

Legend has it that Sam Houston stopped overnight in the village en route to Texas and gained many admirers. Thus, the town was named for the founder of the new state of Texas. June 1846 is Houston's official birthday.

Houston was the hometown of Emmett Kelly Sr., the famous clown known as "Weary Willie." Born in Sedan, KS, on December 9, 1898, he moved with his family to a farm east of Houston. The rags to riches career of Kelly started in Houston where Emmett got his first professional assignment at the Old Settler's Reunion. He gained the title of "the World's Greatest Clown" from Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey. He never forgot his hometown and gave his fellow townspeople credit for his start in show business. His last visit to Houston was in 1975 when a roadside park was dedicated to him. He died suddenly 2 years later in his home in Sarasota, FL.

Much of our largely rural 755,000-acre county is devoted to agriculture - primarily related to livestock production. Texas County has more beef cows than any other county in the state with 45,000 head, and is ranked 2nd in all cattle and calves with 98,500 head. The county is home to 7,400 head of dairy cattle and approximately 150 dairy operations - 6th in the state.

There are over 1,500 farms in Texas County, and the vast majority of operations are family farms. Few row crops are raised, but a great deal of forage is harvested as hay and silage. The average size of a farm here is just less than 300 acres, but over 450,000 acres are devoted to farming. Texas County's livestock agriculture combined with our quaint towns, beautiful timber and natural rivers makes it one of the most rustically beautiful counties in the state.

For the music and arts lover, Houston's Community Betterment Arts Council hosts a number of professional artists at the Stained Glass Theater ranging from a singing cowboy to a flamenco guitarist. A number of events throughout the year begin with a Home and Garden show. The first weekend in May is always set for the Emmett Kelly Clown Festival. In July is the Texas County Fair/Old Settlers Reunion happens and September brings Heritage Day.

Our community boasts an A+ school system, excellent medical services, competent work force, state of the art fiber optics/ communications capabilities and a wide range of services available.

Limestone bluffs rise abruptly above stretches of the Jacks Fork and Current rivers. Fishing, floating and camping are very popular activities along the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, offering more than 134 miles of clear, spring-fed streams and superb scenery.

Montauk State Park, which features trout fishing and campgrounds, is in nearby Dent County near Licking. Golden Hill Trail Rides and Resort is a 5,100-acre ranch east of Houston that specializes in trail rides. Houston's Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of activities. The Oakwood Country Club is just 2 miles away and offers 9 holes, a driving range, professional golf lessons and more.

Nestled in the Ozarks, the area consistently ranks among the top counties in the annual deer and turkey kill in Missouri.

Our area offers a wide range of attractive properties, whether you are looking for a small home, more family space, a dream home site or a large ranch or farm, United Country is ready to assist you!