Buren (County Seat)
City offices - 1301 Main St.
Springs Medical - Van Buren
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
the numbers below are preceded by area code "573."
Last updated 12/30/2010.
accomodation arrangements when visiting The Current
River or Big Spring, please review the following list:
Spring Lodge and Restaurant- 323-4423
Spring Road Motel - 323-8128
Spring RV Camp - 323-8328
on the Lake - 323-4770
Motel - 323-4274
Landing and Rosecliff Lodge - 323-8433 / www.currentriverlanding.com
& M on M - 323-4138
Sun Retreat - 323-0195
Cabins of Van Buren - 323-9204
Motel - 323-4673
planning canoe and/or tube outings,
consult the following list:
Spring Canoe and Tube Rental - 323-4550
Landing & Rosecliff Lodge-Canoe & Tube Rental - 323-8433
Buren Campground - 323-4562
Bear Jellystone Campground - 323-4447
please see the following list:
Springs Dining Lodge - 323-4332
Heron Restaurant - 323-8433
Cafe (Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park) - 323-4447
Float Stream Restaurant - 323-9606
Cone Drive-In - 323-4318
Log Cabin Restaurant (located in Ellsinore) - 322-9300
Corner Care (located in Ellsinore) - 322-9800
Coffeehouse & Antiques - 323-8518
Convenience - 323-8245
Dog BBQ - 323-0020
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.
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.