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There are a couple of legends about how our community came to be called “Cabool.” Some say it was simply the name of a local Indian chief. However, most believe that it was named after an outdated spelling of Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan. The British had just pulled out of a war in Kabul in 1881, a single year before the city was officially named “Cabool.”
The local legend says that one of the engineers who built the railroad through town also worked on railroad construction in Afghanistan, and he felt that this area of Missouri resembled the region around Kabul. Prior to being called Cabool, our city was known as Cedar Bluff.
Cabool is a part of Texas County, which was first organized as “Ashley County” in 1843. It changes its name to “Texas County” in 1845 in honor of what was then the Republic of Texas. Average high temperatures in Cabool can reach 88 degrees Fahrenheit in the late July/early August period. Average lows dip as low as 19 degrees in January. The monthly precipitation average is 3.64 inches. Annual snowfall averages 17.8 inches.
Students of any grade level can receive an education without ever having to leave town. Cabool has a public elementary school, middle school and high school. Those seeking higher education can attend the local campus of Drury University, which offers a variety of degree programs. In addition, the University of Missouri – Rolla is just over 50 miles north of town.
Cabool Medical Clinic serves local health-care needs. If you are in need of more extensive care, you can visit Texas County Memorial Hospital, which is just 15 miles away in Houston, Mo.
As you head downtown, you’ll notice the buildings take on a historic appearance that harkens back to the early 1900s. This aesthetic adds to the charm of the various specialty stores you can find here. Shoppers can discover antiques, clothing, candles, outdoor artistry, gifts, collectibles and locally made crafts.
The Wedgewood Country Club is host to a local nine-hole golf course with three challenging par-five holes. The greens are large, undulating and well-bunkered here.
Twice a year, the Ozarks Older Iron Club presents a showcase of classic tractors and other farm equipment. The spring show is hosted at the same time as the annual South Central Spring Farm Fest, where new farm equipment is displayed alongside crafts and artwork.
Our Ozark region is rife with historic sites, including gristmills from days gone by and caves that have developed over hundreds of years.
There are many interesting communities in the Ozarks that are worth making an excursion to. Take a drive to the Rockbridge area to find excellent trout that is hatched and released from a local trout ranch, an old-fashioned swimming hole and outstanding restaurants. Visit Salem or Eminence to take a relaxing canoe trip on the Current or Jacks Fork rivers, respectively. And if you’re looking for all the amenities of a major city, it’s only a 90-minute drive from Cabool to Springfield, Mo.