Lanton is an unincorporated community in Howell County, Missouri, United States. It is located on Route 17 between Route 142 and the Arkansas line. It formerly had a post office, but mail is now served from West Plains. The community was founded before 160, and is named for its founders, Lancaster and Sutton.
The former Lanton school is located next to the Fire Station, and is in extreme disrepair.
The Lanton Fire Department boasts the lowest ISO rating in the region of any rural fire department, and operates out of two stations, one in Lanton proper, the other halfway to West Plains.
Lanton presently has a church, three convenience/package stores, a Christmas Tree Farm, White Ranch State Forest, Vanderhoef State Forest, Love Hole, and not much more. Renowned region wide for its deer hunting, during October and November there are many hunters in the area from other parts of the state.