I am currently in Missouri and trucking through the Ozarks. Many people say that the Ozark Highlands is Missouri’s most interesting and beautiful region – I agree! Thick forests cover much of the Ozark Highlands. Its trees provide lumber from homes and furniture to boats and baseball bats. Also Logging is an important hobby for this region.
Ozarks: A Bird’s-eye View
The Ozarks, also referred to as the Ozark Mountains, Ozarks Mountain Country, and the Ozark Plateau. The highland region is is a high and deeply dissected plateaup in Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.
The Ozarks contain ore deposits of lead, zinc, iron and barite. Many of these deposits have been depleted by historic mining activities, but much remains and is currently being mined in the Lead Belt of southeast Missouri.
Early settlers in Missouri were American pioneers who came West from the Southern Appalachians at the beginning of the 19th century, followed in the 1840s and 1850s by Irish and German immigrants.
Much of the Ozark population is of English, Scots-Irish, and German descent, often including some Native American ancestry, and the Ozark families from which the regional culture derived tend to have lived in the area since the 19th century.
Early settlers relied on hunting, fishing, and trapping, as well as foraging to supplement their diets and incomes. Today hunting and fishing for recreation are common activities and an important part of the tourist industry.