Welcome to Holt County!

      Holt County is small…and we think that’s an asset!  We have great schools, abundant wildlife, and a relaxed way of life with a small home town feel. Our citizens are vibrant and fun-loving with a strong work ethic that’s tied to the land. 

      The Missouri River forms the western boundary of Holt County, offering the potential for barge traffic and recreational activities such as fishing and boating.  Interstate 29 Highway crosses Holt County from north to south, providing easy access to not only all areas of the county but provides easy access to the metropolitan areas of Kansas City and Omaha as well.  This four-lane highway enables efficient shipping of goods and hosts travelers from across the country.  A main rail line runs through the county and   connects to western destinations via the historic Rulo Railway Bridge. 

      Agriculture is our mainstay.  The same rich soils supported both the Native Americans that once settled among our scenic Loess Bluffs and the pioneers who settled this land over 175 years ago.  The modern farmers of today use satellite technology to increase yields and look for ways to prosper with the fertile land.  Local farmers have established themselves in ag-related markets and take pride in knowing their corn and soybeans are used country wide.  Entrepreneurs have found niche markets in other ag-related products such as organic farming, growing grapes for wine production, or using the corn grown in Holt County to produce Ethanol.

      Holt County offers many adventures and attractions.  Mound City, located directly on Interstate 29 Highway, offers dining, fuel, and hotel options.  While there, visit the nine-hole Golf Course, Sports Complex, City Park, or enjoy a performance at the State Theater.  Mound City Development Corporation is well on its way to establishing Mound City as a great Missouri Wine Country area.  An annual Winefest celebration is held at Griffith Park.  The Holt County Historical Society, located in Mound City, not only operates a Genealogy and Research Center but supports the Society’s Mound City Museum housed in the former Burlington Northern Railroad Depot.  The county seat, Oregon, hosts a modern courthouse design worth visiting and is located on the Lewis & Clark Trail.  The Holt County Museum and Research Center, located by the Courthouse, allows a look back in time for the area.  In Forest City, visit the Forest City Drug Store Museum.  The museum will enlighten travelers with unique theme displays and activities.  Craig hosts the Ethanol plant and imports corn grown from within the county and Northwest Missouri region.  If you like to hunt, Bigelow offers guided hunting, lodging, and dining. The cities of Corning and Maitland offer that small hometown feel without the hustle and bustle of big town living.  Big Lake hosts recreational water activities within the largest oxbow lake in Missouri.  It is also adjacent to Big Lake State Park which has the largest marsh in a state park in the state of Missouri.  Holt County offers opportunities to visit several Missouri Department of Conservation locations where hunting, fishing, and camping can be done.  Holt County also hosts Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge.  The refuge, established in 1935 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, serves as a feeding and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife.  It was officially named one of America’s Top 500 Globally Important Bird Areas.  In December, the refuge celebrates Eagle Days.  As many as 300 immature and adult bald eagles and an occasional golden eagle may be seen during this migration peak.  A record 476 bald eagles were counted during a 2001 survey.  While you’re there, don’t forget to climb our Loess Bluffs and gaze at the Missouri River valley of wide open spaces. 

     No matter which city you visit, you will feel at home with the small hometown feel and friendly locals.  Whether you enjoy wildlife, fishing, hunting, water activities, historical places, or just want to unwind, relax, and look at the stars, Holt County has something to offer.  Holt County is truly a great place to live, work, and visit.

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