ABOUT WEST PLAINS
Visiting West Plains is made easy with our infrastructure and amenities
Tucked in the Ozark Mountains, near pristine wilderness areas and spring-fed streams, the City of West Plains attracts nature lovers, entrepreneurs, and families searching for a small-town feel with big-city conveniences.
As the largest city within 100 miles of south central Missouri, West Plains provides the most options for lodging, dining, outfitting, and other services unavailable at the final destination.
Make It Happen Here is more than just a slogan to us. Thousands of people enjoy the comforts of great schools, quality healthcare, higher education, and the progressive spirit of entrepreneurship to make their own lives happen here.
We hope you enjoy your visit to West Plains, truly a place where you can experience life on your terms.
We are happy to assist travelers with area maps, brochures, and event information. Also at the center is a gift shop, RV dump station, and water fill.
Hours of operation:
Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
2999 Porter Wagoner Blvd. in West Plains
The West Plains Regional Airport (FAA identifier UNO) is located at 4523 County Road 2340, Pomona, MO 65789. The airport is full service with an 18/36 5102×75 ft. asphalt runway. Amenities include a pilot’s lounge/quarters, unisex shower, kitchen area, spacious lobby, conference room and Wi-Fi. Hangar rental is available. The airport is located 11 miles north of West Plains. Courtesy cars are available.
West Plains Transit offers affordable fares and passes with group discounts.
Hours of operation:
M-F, 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
No service on 11 major holidays
In an effort to help curb future costs of electricity, the City of West Plains has built and put online a 40-acre solar farm just north of the city. It features 25,000 solar panels, making it the largest municipal-owned solar farm in the state of Missouri. It provides enough electricity to power over 2,000 homes, or overall, roughly 7 percent of the city’s electricity needs. This equates to saving over 1.3 million gallons of gasoline and recycling 3,908 tons of waste to avoid greenhouse gas emissions.
Neighboring communities are Bears, Eagles, and Bobcats, but West Plains is famous for being home to the Zizzers, the only ones in the whole country! But what is a Zizzer? It all started in 1907 when the senior class put together an eight-page commemorative booklet for the junior class, presented on Class Day. The juniors loved the idea, so they put together their own booklet in 1908. This was the beginning of an annual yearbook tradition at the school. When they presented the book to faculty member Phoebe Davidson, she exclaimed, “What a Zizzer!” a term which is said to have been a colloquialism for lightning or a flash from the sky. The name was put on the 1908 edition, and it stuck. It continues to be the name of the West Plains High School yearbook, as well as academic and sports teams across the district. A lightning bolt is the school logo/mascot. In recent years, school officials have coined another definition of a Zizzer: an expert in any activity, a winner!
The Ozarks, also known as the Ozark Mountains or Ozark Plateau, is a region in the United States that includes 93 counties in four different states including parts of Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and southeastern Kansas. The Ozarks covers approximately 50,000 square miles.