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Our Genealogy Helper for West Plains ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about West Plains (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for West Plains. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

Name Variations for West Plains ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Our sources include documents like maps, railroad schedules, Travel, Express and Shipping Guides. Many of these documents date from the 1800's and it's common to find spelling differences.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give you a feel for the variations that might have occurred.

For example, a typical abbreviation for West Plains: W. Plains

If you have information about these names (such as the reason for the change, date of change, the origin of the name), please Contact Us.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

West Plains is located in Howell County and is the County Seat.

To see how the shape of Missouri's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Howell County: Fulton (AR), Douglas, Oregon, Ozark, Shannon & Texas.

Below are the counties that are near West Plains. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to West Plains:

  • Howell County     (The home county of West Plains)
    • Pomona [Howell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pomona
      • Pomona [Howell County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the north of West Plains
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pomona have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pomona
    • South Fork [Howell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for South Fork
      • South Fork [Howell County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southwest of West Plains
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on South Fork
    • Pottersville [Howell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pottersville
      • Pottersville [Howell County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the west of West Plains
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pottersville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pottersville
    • Brandsville [Howell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brandsville
      • Brandsville [Howell County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the southeast of West Plains
      • Estimated population in 2019: 152 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Brandsville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brandsville
    • Peace Valley [Howell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Peace Valley
      • Peace Valley [Howell County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northeast of West Plains
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Peace Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Peace Valley
    • Siloam Springs [Howell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Siloam Springs
      • Siloam Springs [Howell County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the west of West Plains
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Siloam Springs
    • Lanton [Howell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lanton
      • Lanton [Howell County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the south of West Plains
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lanton
    • Lebo [Howell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lebo
      • Lebo [Howell County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the south of West Plains
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lebo have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lebo
    • Caulfield [Howell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Caulfield
      • Caulfield [Howell County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southwest of West Plains
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Caulfield have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Caulfield
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Caulfield<3>
    • Moody [Howell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Moody
      • Moody [Howell County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southwest of West Plains
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Moody have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Moody
    • Willow Springs [Howell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Willow Springs
      • Willow Springs [Howell County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the north of West Plains
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,099 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Willow Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Willow Springs
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Willow Springs<3>
    • Mountain View [Howell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mountain View
      • Mountain View [Howell County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the northeast of West Plains
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,649 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mountain View
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mountain View<3>
  • Douglas County
    • Drury [Douglas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Drury
      • Drury [Douglas County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the northwest of West Plains
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Drury have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Drury
    • Vanzant [Douglas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vanzant
      • Vanzant [Douglas County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the northwest of West Plains
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Vanzant have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vanzant
    • Gentryville [Douglas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gentryville
      • Gentryville [Douglas County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the west of West Plains
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gentryville
  • Oregon County
    • Koshkonong [Oregon County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Koshkonong
      • Koshkonong [Oregon County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southeast of West Plains
      • Estimated population in 2019: 200 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Koshkonong have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Koshkonong
    • Thomasville [Oregon County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Thomasville
      • Thomasville [Oregon County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the east of West Plains
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Thomasville
    • Green Town [Oregon County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Green Town
      • Green Town [Oregon County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the southeast of West Plains
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Green Town have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Green Town
    • Thayer [Oregon County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Thayer
      • Thayer [Oregon County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the southeast of West Plains
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,131 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Thayer have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Thayer
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Thayer<3>
    • Old Town [Oregon County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Old Town
      • Old Town [Oregon County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the southeast of West Plains
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Old Town have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Old Town
    • Alton [Oregon County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alton
      • Alton [Oregon County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the east of West Plains
      • Estimated population in 2019: 834 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Alton<3>
    • Woodside [Oregon County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Woodside
      • Woodside [Oregon County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the east of West Plains
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Woodside
    • Couch [Oregon County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Couch
      • Couch [Oregon County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the east of West Plains
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Couch have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Couch
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Couch<3>
    • Corona [Oregon County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Corona
      • Corona [Oregon County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southeast of West Plains
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Corona
  • Ozark County
    • Elijah [Ozark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elijah
      • Elijah [Ozark County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the southwest of West Plains
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Elijah
    • Dora [Ozark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dora
      • Dora [Ozark County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the west of West Plains
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dora have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dora
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dora<3>
    • Bakersfield [Ozark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bakersfield
      • Bakersfield [Ozark County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southwest of West Plains
      • Estimated population in 2019: 227 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bakersfield have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bakersfield
    • Tecumseh [Ozark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tecumseh
      • Tecumseh [Ozark County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southwest of West Plains
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tecumseh have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tecumseh
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tecumseh<3>
    • Udall [Ozark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Udall
      • Udall [Ozark County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southwest of West Plains
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Udall have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Udall
    • Zanoni [Ozark County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Zanoni
      • Zanoni [Ozark County] was located 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the west of West Plains
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Zanoni have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Brixey [Ozark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brixey
      • Brixey [Ozark County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the west of West Plains
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Brixey have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brixey
    • Hardenville [Ozark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hardenville
      • Hardenville [Ozark County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the west of West Plains
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hardenville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hardenville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hardenville<3>
    • Rockbridge [Ozark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rockbridge
      • Rockbridge [Ozark County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the west of West Plains
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rockbridge have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rockbridge
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rockbridge<3>
    • Gainesville [Ozark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gainesville
      • Gainesville [Ozark County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the west of West Plains
      • Estimated population in 2019: 723 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gainesville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gainesville<3>
  • Shannon County
    • Montier [Shannon County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Montier
      • Montier [Shannon County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the northeast of West Plains
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Montier
    • Birch Tree [Shannon County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Birch Tree
      • Birch Tree [Shannon County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northeast of West Plains
      • Estimated population in 2019: 649 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Birch Tree have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Birch Tree
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Birch Tree<3>
    • Winona [Shannon County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Winona
      • Winona [Shannon County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the northeast of West Plains
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,293 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Winona have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Winona
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Winona<3>
    • Eminence [Shannon County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eminence
      • Eminence [Shannon County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the northeast of West Plains
      • Estimated population in 2019: 578 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Eminence have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eminence
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Eminence<3>
  • Texas County
    • Cabool [Texas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cabool
      • Cabool [Texas County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the northwest of West Plains
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,080 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cabool
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cabool<3>
    • Summersville [Texas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Summersville
      • Summersville [Texas County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the north of West Plains
      • Estimated population in 2019: 490 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Summersville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Summersville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Summersville<3>
    • Eunice [Texas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eunice
      • Eunice [Texas County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the north of West Plains
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Eunice have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eunice
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Eunice<3>
    • Houston [Texas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Houston
      • Houston [Texas County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the north of West Plains
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,082 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Houston have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Houston
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Houston<3>
  • Wright County
    • Mountain Grove [Wright County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mountain Grove
      • Mountain Grove [Wright County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the northwest of West Plains
      • Estimated population in 2019: 4,690 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mountain Grove
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mountain Grove<3>
    • Norwood [Wright County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Norwood
      • Norwood [Wright County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the northwest of West Plains
      • Estimated population in 2015: 641 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Norwood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Norwood
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Norwood<3>
  • Baxter County (AR)
    • Gamaliel [Baxter County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gamaliel
      • Gamaliel [Baxter County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southwest of West Plains
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gamaliel have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gamaliel
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gamaliel<3>
    • Custer [Baxter County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Custer
      • Custer [Baxter County] was located 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the southwest of West Plains
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Custer have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Henderson [Baxter County]
    • Briarcliff [Baxter County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Briarcliff
      • Briarcliff [Baxter County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the southwest of West Plains
      • Estimated population in 2019: 240 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Briarcliff have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Briarcliff
    • Jordan [Baxter County]
    • Mountain Home [Baxter County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mountain Home
      • Mountain Home [Baxter County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the southwest of West Plains
      • Estimated population in 2019: 12,569 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mountain Home have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mountain Home
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mountain Home<3>
    • Salesville [Baxter County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Salesville
      • Salesville [Baxter County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the southwest of West Plains
      • Estimated population in 2019: 460 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Salesville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Salesville<3>
  • Fulton County (AR)
    • Moko [Fulton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Moko
      • Moko [Fulton County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the south of West Plains
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Moko
    • Sturkie [Fulton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sturkie
      • Sturkie [Fulton County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the south of West Plains
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sturkie
    • Camp [Fulton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Camp
      • Camp [Fulton County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the south of West Plains
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Camp have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Camp
    • Viola [Fulton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Viola
      • Viola [Fulton County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the south of West Plains
      • Estimated population in 2019: 357 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Viola
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Viola<3>
    • Mammoth Spring [Fulton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mammoth Spring
      • Mammoth Spring [Fulton County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the southeast of West Plains
      • Estimated population in 2019: 960 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mammoth Spring have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mammoth Spring
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mammoth Spring<3>
    • Salem [Fulton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Salem
      • Salem [Fulton County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the south of West Plains
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,675 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Salem have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Salem
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Salem<3>
    • Gepp [Fulton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gepp
      • Gepp [Fulton County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southwest of West Plains
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gepp have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gepp
    • Saddle [Fulton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saddle
      • Saddle [Fulton County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the southeast of West Plains
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saddle
    • Baker Ford [Fulton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Baker Ford
      • Baker Ford [Fulton County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the southeast of West Plains
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Baker Ford have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Baker Ford
    • Elizabeth [Fulton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elizabeth
      • Elizabeth [Fulton County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the southwest of West Plains
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Elizabeth have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Elizabeth
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Elizabeth<3>
    • Bexar [Fulton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bexar
      • Bexar [Fulton County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the south of West Plains
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bexar have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bexar
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bexar<3>
    • Cherokee Village [Fulton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cherokee Village
      • Cherokee Village [Fulton County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the southeast of West Plains
      • Estimated population in 2019: 4,661 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cherokee Village
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cherokee Village<3>
  • Izard County (AR)
    • Horseshoe Bend [Izard County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Horseshoe Bend
      • Horseshoe Bend [Izard County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the south of West Plains
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,109 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Horseshoe Bend
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Horseshoe Bend<3>
    • Oxford [Izard County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oxford
      • Oxford [Izard County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the south of West Plains
      • Estimated population in 2019: 679 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oxford have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oxford
    • Franklin [Izard County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Franklin
      • Franklin [Izard County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the south of West Plains
      • Estimated population in 2019: 191 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Franklin have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Franklin
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Franklin<3>
  • Sharp County (AR)
    • Hardy [Sharp County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hardy
      • Hardy [Sharp County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the southeast of West Plains
      • Estimated population in 2019: 765 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hardy have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hardy
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hardy<3>
    • Ash Flat [Sharp County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ash Flat
      • Ash Flat [Sharp County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the southeast of West Plains
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,098 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ash Flat have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ash Flat
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ash Flat<3>
    • Highland [Sharp County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Highland
      • Highland [Sharp County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the southeast of West Plains
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,107 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Highland have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Highland

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to West Plains, see our County-by-County Page for West Plains.

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of West Plains ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 71 newspapers that have been published in the area around West Plains.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of West Plains. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of West Plains and those printed in the larger area surrounding West Plains.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 29 miles [46.7 km] of West Plains.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to West Plains:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from Arkansas
    • Stories from Missouri

Cemeteries Near West Plains ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of West Plains.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for West Plains covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

  • Oak Lawn Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Oak Lawn Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Oak Lawn Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oak Lawn Cemetery
  • Lone Pine Cemetery
  • Parker Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Parker Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Parker Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Parker Cemetery
  • Howell Valley Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Howell Valley Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Howell Valley Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Howell Valley Cemetery
  • Pleasant View Cemetery
  • Homeland Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Homeland Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Homeland Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Homeland Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Spears Graveyard
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Spears Graveyard
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Spears Graveyard have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spears Graveyard
    • Howell County Cemetery
    • Dripping Springs Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Dripping Springs Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Dripping Springs Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dripping Springs Cemetery
    • Pleasant Hill Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Pleasant Hill Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Pleasant Hill Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pleasant Hill Cemetery
    • Blue Mound Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Blue Mound Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Blue Mound Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Blue Mound Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of West Plains.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Blue Mound Cemetery
    • Chapin Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Chapin Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Chapin Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Chapin Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southeast of West Plains.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chapin Cemetery
    • New Liberty Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the New Liberty Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the New Liberty Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • New Liberty Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of West Plains.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on New Liberty Cemetery
    • Pottersville Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Pottersville Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Pottersville Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Pottersville Cemetery lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the west of West Plains.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pottersville Cemetery
    • New Hope Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the New Hope Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the New Hope Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • New Hope Cemetery lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northeast of West Plains.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on New Hope Cemetery

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<5>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that West Plains had a population of 2,091 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2019, West Plains had a population of 12,304 people.

These communities are listed based on their distance from West Plains, with the one closest to West Plains listed first.

  • West Plains [Howell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for West Plains
    • West Plains [Howell County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of West Plains
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 2,091 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 12,304 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, West Plains had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for West Plains have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on West Plains
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for West Plains<3>
  • Homeland [Howell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Homeland
    • Homeland [Howell County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southwest of West Plains
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Homeland had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Homeland have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Homeland
  • Cottbus [Howell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cottbus
    • Cottbus [Howell County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of West Plains
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Cottbus had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cottbus have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cottbus
  • Olden [Howell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Olden
    • Olden [Howell County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the north of West Plains
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Olden had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Olden have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Olden
  • Chapin [Howell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chapin
    • Chapin [Howell County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southeast of West Plains
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Chapin had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Chapin have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chapin
  • White Church [Howell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for White Church
    • White Church [Howell County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northeast of West Plains
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, White Church had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for White Church have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on White Church
  • Continue List ...
    • Pottersville [Howell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pottersville
      • Pottersville [Howell County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the west of West Plains
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Pottersville had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pottersville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pottersville
    • South Fork [Howell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for South Fork
      • South Fork [Howell County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southwest of West Plains
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, South Fork had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on South Fork
    • Amy [Howell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Amy
      • Amy [Howell County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the southwest of West Plains
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Amy had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Amy have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Amy
    • Brandsville [Howell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brandsville
      • Brandsville [Howell County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the southeast of West Plains
      • Estimated population in 2019: 152 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Brandsville had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Brandsville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brandsville
    • Cureall [Howell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cureall
      • Cureall [Howell County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southwest of West Plains
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Cureall had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cureall have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cureall
    • Peace Valley [Howell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Peace Valley
      • Peace Valley [Howell County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northeast of West Plains
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 80 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Peace Valley had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Peace Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Peace Valley
    • Siloam Springs [Howell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Siloam Springs
      • Siloam Springs [Howell County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the west of West Plains
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 170 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Siloam Springs had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Siloam Springs
    • Burnham [Howell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Burnham
      • Burnham [Howell County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the north of West Plains
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Burnham had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Burnham have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Burnham
    • Moody [Howell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Moody
      • Moody [Howell County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southwest of West Plains
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Moody had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Moody have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Moody

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around West Plains. See our List of 1890's Communities around West Plains.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for West Plains ...

While our initial data about West Plains came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of West Plains in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about West Plains.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895)

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Note for West Plains:
Services available at that time (1895): had a Railroad Station, Express Office

Map from 1904, unknown title/publisher

We have found West Plains in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for West Plains for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for West Plains. See our Misc Page for West Plains for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Missouri

About Howell County

About Missouri

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for West Plains: www.westplains.net/

The official website for State of Missouri: https://www.mo.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- West Plains) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for West Plains. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from West Plains

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Plains. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.7389, Longitude: -91.8681       In this case, the coordinates for West Plains have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<5>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about West Plains, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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