Mountain View, Missouri
is a progressive small town. It boasts an airport with
runways long enough to handle small corporate jets. A
bowling alley, municipal swimming pool, municipal tennis
courts, many fine restaurants, pizza places and more.
Mountain View is an antique and collectibles shoppers
dream come true. The town is referred to as the city of
A local (and very highly talented woman)
has painted beautiful pictures on the sides of buildings
around the town. These pictures are very nice and the
town is very proud to have both the pictures and the artist.
In one of the town parks, she painted all four sides of
a cinder block building to look like a log cabin. The
artwork is so good that some town folks think the building
is a log cabin.
Located in the heart of the Ozarks,
one is never far from a canoe, a river or some wood covered
hills. The hills are alive with deer, squirrel, raccoons,
turkeys and many other forms of wildlife. Such hard to
find species as the bald eagle can be seen if you have
the patience and time to look. Music in the park is a
annual ritual that happens every Saturday night. Sometime
about dusk on Saturday, a band will set up to play in
the amphitheater. What follows is a lot of good music
and fun. Bands are rotated, everything from ragtime music
and bluegrass to rock is played.
In about 1866 Mountain View was settled
when Green McClellan build the first store. They used
a money called a "Klondyke" which is said to resemble
the metal mills no longer used to pay sales tax. Also
a large deal of barter was carried on since there was
not a lot of money in the region. For example, if McClellan
got a large number of hogs in trade, he and several helpers
would drive them to Rolla, a trip that would take about
a week. They would camp at night and travel by day. The
oxen that pulled the wagons loaded with hogs to Rolla
pulled supplies back to Mountain View. These staples consisted
mainly of salt, sugar, soda, and coffee beans.