Mountain Grove, MO
The community owes its present name to a stand of trees near the original elevated town site.
In 1841 a settlement was built on land east of Mountain Grove near a spring in a grove of hickory timber. A post office was established in Hickory Spring in 1853. The post office, in 1878, was named for Judge Robert W. Fyan, a prominent figure in early county history. In 1859, a general store was built at the crossroads about one mile west of Hickory Spring. The old post office established under the name of Fyan before the Civil War changed to Mountain Grove, with reference to its location on a ridge in a grove of trees, in 1878.
This became known as the "mountain store, mountain grove or the mountain" due to its elevation of 1,525 feet (465 m). One of the most famous incidents in Mountain Grove occurred in the middle of May 1883, when what was called a "nipping frost" caused every tree, sapling and shrub in the community of Fyan and the Fyan depot to be cut clean as from an axe. Thus, the joining of Mountain Grove and adjoining Fyan occurred. In June, the name of the depot was changed to Mountain Grove. The town reapplied for a charter in 1886, changed its boundaries and held its first election.
The Mountain Grove School District will provide an education that empowers graduates to be adaptive life-long learners.
Mountain Grove R-III School District is a public school district located in Mountain Grove, MO. It has 1,527 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 46% of students are at least proficient in math and 58% in reading.
One of the friendliest, most picturesque small towns in the Ozarks, Mountain Grove is a community whose citizens work hard, play hard and happily lend a helping hand to neighbors and area visitors alike. On a typical sunny afternoon in Mountain Grove, you can find children playing while families picnic in the Cedar Center Children's Park. You might also notice people gathering to sit and visit in the park surrounding the historic bandstand on the town square. Or you can take in a baseball, softball, tennis or sand volleyball game at one of the many recreational areas available in Mountain Grove.