Mountain Home is a city in and the county seat of Baxter County, Arkansas, United States, in the southern Ozark Mountains. It was recently listed in the top 20 cities in the U.S. for sportsmen in the current edition of Outdoor Life Magazine, was recently ranked 2 for Field and Stream's Best Fishing Towns in America and today it is primarily known as a retirement and resort destination. Big Creek Golf Course has consistently earned 5 star ratings in Golf Digest magazine and ranked in the top 10 places to play. It has also been rated the number 1 public course in Arkansas for four years in a row. Mountain Home was incorporated in 1888. The city sprang up around the Male and Female Academy which Professor J.S. Howard founded during the 1850s. The community's first name was "Rapps Barren".