Founded in 1839, Neosho, a thriving county seat (Newton County) of 11,835, located in the heart of the four-state region. The name, NE-O-ZHO or NE-U-ZHU, is of Indian derivation, meaning clear or abundant water. Clear springs still flow freely through Neosho, especially at Big Spring Park, just 3 blocks west of the square, where 890,000 gallons of water gush from the hillside each day. Once the site of Indian trading grounds and later a campground for Civil War troops, Big Spring Park remains a favorite rendezvous today. The most photographic scenes and a popular wedding spot in Neosho is Big Spring Park. The park features beautiful gardens, picnic tables, a floral clock and a children’s wading pool.