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City of Van Buren

Van Buren, MO, city hall
Van Buren City Hall

     The City of Van Buren, located in Carter County, is a fourth class municipality with city offices at 1301 Main Street. Visitors from all over the country come to visit the world's largest natural spring at Big Spring's State Park. Economic development for Van Buren is conducted by the city and the Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission.

     According to the 2010 census, Mayor Mike Hoerner and the four-member city council serve a population of 819. Van Buren has three full-time policemen and a volunteer Fire Department staff of 12. In 2010, Carter County's per capita income was $15,881.


Van Buren (County Seat)

Mike Hoerner
City offices - 1301 Main St.

Big Springs Medical - Van Buren

Middle School
High School

Current River
Big Springs State Park
Mark Twain National Forest


   In 2015, the unemployment rate of Carter County was 9.3 percent, with an available workforce of 2,509. Only 234 people in Carter County were unemployed, with 2,275 having gainful employment. The average hourly wage for the county is $9.52. The county's major employers include East Carter County R-2 School District, with 130 employees; Van Buren R-2 School District, with 95 employees; Royal Oak Enterprises, a manufacturer of wood products, with 67 workers; The Landing, a popular vacation resort with canoe/tube rental and restaurant, employing 50 workers; Riverways Manor, a nursing home facility, with 40 employees; and McLane Forest Products, a lumber wholesaler, with 17 employees.

The historic Van Buren bridge     Ozark Border Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Poplar Bluff, provides electric power for the City of Van Buren. The city itself provides water for its residents from its own well. The water plant has a capacity of 576,000 gallons per day, with peak consumption being 325,000 gallons per day. The plant has a storage capacity of 225,000 gallons. Sewer services are provided by the city through operation of its own oxidation ditch. The plant has a capacity of 144,000 gallons.

     The residents of Van Buren obtain telephone service from Century Tel, which provides digital switching, fiber optics and ISDN. Residents and businesses obtain internet service from a local internet service provider in Poplar Bluff.

     The City of Van Buren has one dental clinic and two medical clinics within the city limits. The nearest hospital, Reynolds County Memorial Hospital, is located 26 miles away in the City of Ellington.

Big Springs State Park in Van Buren, MO     There are three public educational institutions in Van Buren: an elementary, middle, and high school. The nearest public community college, Three Rivers College, is located in Poplar Bluff and boasts an annual enrollment of 4,500. Southeast Missouri State University, a public four-year college located in Cape Girardeau, MO, is the nearest higher learning facility. Fall, 2011, enrollment for the university was 11,100 students.

     Residents in Van Buren and Carter County travel U.S. Hwy. 60 and D Highway. It is approximately 20 miles to the nearest four-lane thoroughfare and 100 miles to the nearest interstate interchange.

Bollinger-Crass Memorial Airport in Van Buren, MO
Bollinger-Crass Memorial (MO5). Location: 1 mi. N of Van Buren. Coordinates: N37-00.41; W091-00.42. Mag var: 3E. Telephone: 573/323-4335. Fax: 573/323-8656. Hours: not reported. Elevation: 647. Pattern altitudes: 1447 MSL all aircraft. Runways: 2-20 2,600 x 50, asphalt rfsc; trees ry 20, lights LIRL. Lights: beacon. Obstructions: deer & turkey in vcnty; 195' water twr 1/2 mi SE ry 25 thld. Fees: hangar. FSS: Columbia 122.65, 122.2. Com freq: UNICOM/CTAF 122.8. Charts: Kansas City; L21. Notes: intensive flight training, agricultural ops, helicopter ops, ultralights.

     Van Buren has its own 2,600-foot runway airport within the city limits. It has a paved and lighted runway. The nearest commercial airport is Cape Girardeau Regional Airport in Cape Girardeau, MO, a distance of 120 miles away.

      Residents have a choice of four local financial institutions. First Midwest Bank of the Ozarks has combined assets of $116,382,000. Southern Missouri Bank adn Trust combined assets are $690,000,000. The Bank of Grandin has combined assets of approximately $157,108,000. Sterling Bank has combined assest of approximately $302,625,000.

     A weekly newspaper is available in Van Buren. Cable television services, available to all, provide over 35 channels.

     Community facilities include one Catholic church, twelve Protestant churches and one non-denominational. There are six hotels/motels and one public library. Within a 20-mile radius, residents may enjoy one country club, one golf course which is open to the public, two public parks, and a public tennis court.

The Landing at Van Buren, MO     The nearest public access stream is the beautiful Current River (part of Ozark National Scenic Riverways). Residents and tourists enjoy camping, fishing, hiking/fitness/nature trails, motor boating, canoe and tube floating, and swimming. Other attractions include the world's largest natural spring at Big Spring's State Park, Mark Twain National Forest, Watercress Park, and Skyline Drive. Average temperatures for Van Buren range from 16 degrees

Fahrenheit in January to 90 degrees Fahrenheit in July.                              The Landing and Rosecliff Lodge

All the numbers below are preceded by area code "573."  Last updated 12/30/2010.

To make accomodation arrangements when visiting The Current River or Big Spring, please review the following list:

Big Spring Lodge and Restaurant- 323-4423

Big Spring Road Motel - 323-8128

Big Spring RV Camp - 323-8328

Cabins on the Lake - 323-4770

Hawthorne Motel - 323-4274

The Landing and Rosecliff Lodge - 323-8433 / www.currentriverlanding.com

M & M on M - 323-4138

Rising Sun Retreat - 323-0195

River Cabins of Van Buren - 323-9204

Starlight Motel - 323-4673

When planning canoe and/or tube outings, consult the following list:

Big Spring Canoe and Tube Rental - 323-4550

The Landing & Rosecliff Lodge-Canoe & Tube Rental - 323-8433

Van Buren Campground - 323-4562

Yogi Bear Jellystone Campground - 323-4447

For dining purposes, please see the following list:

Big Springs Dining Lodge - 323-4332

Blue Heron Restaurant - 323-8433

Cartoon Cafe (Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park) - 323-4447

The Float Stream Restaurant - 323-9606

Jolly Cone Drive-In - 323-4318

The Log Cabin Restaurant (located in Ellsinore) - 322-9300

Lutton's Corner Care (located in Ellsinore) - 322-9800

Mercantile Coffeehouse & Antiques - 323-8518

Smalley's Convenience - 323-8245

Stray Dog BBQ - 323-0020

Also, for entertainment, make sure to visit the 21-Drive-In Theatre (945-2121) and experience a movie under the stars, or enjoy the tunes of local bands at The Landing (323-8433) while dining along The Current River.

     The city is represented by 153rd District State Representative Steve Cookson (R) and 25th District State Senator Doug Libla (R).  U.S. Representative Jason Smtih (R) represents Van Buren in the Eighth Congressional District.

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