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  • Carl Eugene Casebeer (1927 - 2017)
    Carl Eugene Casebeer March 27, 1927 - March 13, 2017 Carl Eugene Casebeer, age 89, of Houston, MO passed away March 13, 2017 at Texas County Memorial Hospital, Houston, MO. He was born March 27, 1927 ...
  • Leo Don Casebeer (1924 - 2010)
    Mountain Democrat Monday, November 15, 2010 Leo Don Casebeer, formerly of Placerville, Calif., born June 4, 1924, died Nov. 3, 2010. Leo Don Casebeer, 86, of Willow Springs, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2...
  • Ned Casebeer (1920 - 2011)
    Ned Casebeer, 91, son of Thomas and Bessie (Rickard) Casebeer, was born Aug. 15, 1920, at Dykes, Mo. He was married to Juanita Jeffries on Oct. 11, 1941, in Hartville, Mo. Ned entered the Army during...
  • Bessie "Pearl" Massey (1917 - 1980)
  • Maj. Gayle Mandis Casebeer (1915 - 2010)
    CASEBEER, Maj. Gayle M. (Casey) US Army Retired Oct. 4, 1915 - June 27, 2010 Casey passed away peacefully at home on June 27, 2010, at the age of 94. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Hild...

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Texas County was created in 1843 and named for William H. Ashley, the first lieutenant governor of Missouri. It was later organized on February 14, 1845, when it was also renamed for the Republic of Texas.

Rugged hills, springs, creeks, rivers and caves abound in Texas County. There have been many Native American mounds found in the county. Their paintings remain upon various bluffs over ancient campsites. The area was part of the 1808 Osage Native American land cession.

Pioneers came to Texas County in the 1820s from Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and the Carolinas and set up sawmills along the Big Piney River. Pioneers made a nice income rafting the timber down the Piney River toward St. Louis. Some 48,000 acres (190 km2) in the north and northwest part of the county is now part of the Mark Twain National Forest. Several acres in the southeast part of the county are part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways Park. Small family farms are still a major part of the landscape of the county. The population of the first Federal Census of Texas County in 1850 was 2,312 citizens.

The American Civil War period was a time of turmoil in Texas County. The populace was predominantly Southern. The courthouse was occupied during the war by the Union Army as headquarters. Houston was an important point on the route from federal headquarters in Springfield to headquarters in Rolla. Some skirmishes were fought here. Confederate soldiers stormed the town, burning every building.

On February 26, 2015, a gunman shot and killed seven people in several locations across the town of Tyrone. The suspect was later found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. It was the worst mass murder in Texas County's history. Prior to the mass shooting, the county had an average of one homicide per year.

For a complete list of communities, please see Wikipedia.

Adjacent Counties

Cities & Villages

  • Cabool
  • Houston (County Seat)
  • Licking
  • Mountain Grove (part)
  • Plato
  • Raymondville
  • Summersville (part)



Hearthstone Legacy

Mark Twain National Forest (part)

Ozark National Scenic Riverways (part)

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