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    Tell us about Missouri

    Missouri is known as The Show Me State. Population is about 5.7 million people. This state ranks 17th in population and 18th in area. The capital of Missouri is Jefferson City. The largest city in Missouri, is Kansas City, which surprises me. I thought it was St. Louis. The distance between Kansas City and Disneyland is about 1625 miles, about 200 miles closer than St. Louis and Disneyland.

    Missouri is very close to Illinois, but yet I have never been there. I know a few people from St. Louis, Missouri, and they are very happy to now call Chicago their home. I think of Missouri, I think of cardinals. I think of cardinals, I think of my brother. He was a Chicago football Cardinals fan. That team went first to St. Louis and then to Arizona,

    What can you share with us about the state of Missouri?

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    Re: Tell us about Missouri

    I was born and raised in St. Louis, Mo. Here are some other far more interesting facts:

    The 'Show Me State' expression may have began in 1899 when Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver stated, "I'm from Missouri and you've got to show me."

    The first successful parachute jump to be made from a moving airplane was made by Captain Berry at St. Louis, in 1912.

    The most destructive tornado on record occurred in Annapolis. In 3 hours, it tore through the town on March 18, 1925 leaving a 980-foot wide trail of demolished buildings, uprooted trees, and overturned cars. It left 823 people dead and almost 3,000 injured.

    At the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904, Richard Blechyden, served tea with ice and invented iced tea.

    Also, at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904, the ice cream cone was invented. An ice cream vendor ran out of cups and asked a waffle vendor to help by rolling up waffles to hold ice cream.

    Missouri ties with Tennessee as the most neighborly state in the union, bordered by 8 states.

    The state animal is the Mule.

    St. Louis; is also called, "The Gateway to the West" and "Home of the Blues".

    Warsaw holds the state record for the low temperature of -40 degrees on February 13, 1905.

    Warsaw holds the state record for the high temperature recorded, 118 degrees on July 14, 1954.

    State bird--native Bluebird March 30, 1927

    State insect--honey bee July 3, 1985

    Mozarkite was adopted as the official state rock on July 21, 1967, by the 74th General Assembly.

    On July 21, 1967, the mineral galena was adopted as the official mineral of Missouri.

    The crinoid became the state's official fossil on June 16, 1989, after a group of Lee's Summit school students worked through the legislative process to promote it as a state symbol.

    On June 20, 1955, the flowering dogwood (Cornus Florida L.) became Missouri's official tree.

    The "Missouri Waltz" became the state song under an act adopted by the General Assembly on June 30, 1949

    The present Capitol completed in 1917 and occupied the following year is the third Capitol in Jefferson City and the sixth in Missouri history. The first seat of state government was housed in the Mansion House, Third and Vine Streets, St. Louis; the second was in the Missouri Hotel, Maine and Morgan Streets, also in St. Louis. St. Charles was designated as temporary capital of the state in 1821 and remained the seat of government until 1826 when Jefferson City became the permanent capital city.

    The first Capitol in Jefferson City burned in 1837 and a second structure completed in 1840 burned when the dome was struck by lightning on February 5, 1911.

    Kansas City has more miles of boulevards than Paris and more fountains than any city except Rome.

    Kansas City has more miles of freeway per capita than any metro area with more than 1 million residents.

    Jefferson National Expansion Memorial consists of the Gateway Arch, the Museum of Westward Expansion, and St. Louis' Old Courthouse. During a nationwide competition in 1947-48, architect Eero Saarinen's inspired design for a 630-foot stainless steel arch was chosen as a perfect monument to the spirit of the western pioneers. Construction of the Arch began in 1963 and was completed on October 28, 1965.
    The Arch has foundations sunken 60 feet into the ground, and is built to withstand earthquakes and high winds. It sways up to one inch in a 20 mph wind, and is built to sway up to 18 inches.

    Saint Louis University received a formal charter from the state of Missouri in 1832, making it the oldest University west of the Mississippi.

    In 1889, Aunt Jemima pancake flour, invented at St. Joseph, Missouri, was the first self-rising flour for pancakes and the first ready-mix food ever to be introduced commercially.

    The tallest man in documented medical history was Robert Pershing Wadlow from St. Louis. He was 8 feet, 11.1 inches tall

    Creve Coeur's name means broken heart in French, comes from nearby Creve Coeur Lake. Legend has it that an Indian princess fell in love with a French fur trapper, but the love was not returned. According to the story, she then leapt from a ledge overlooking Creve Coeur Lake; the lake then formed itself into a broken heart.

    The most powerful earthquake to strike the United States occurred in 1811, centered in New Madrid, Missouri. The quake shook more than one million square miles, and was felt as far as 1,000 miles away.

    Anheuser-Busch brewery in St. Louis, Missouri is the largest beer producing plant in the nation.

    During Abraham Lincoln's campaign for the presidency, a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat named Valentine Tapley from Pike County, Missouri, swore that he would never shave again if Abe were elected. Tapley kept his word and his chin whiskers went unshorn from November 1860 until he died in 1910, attaining a length of twelve feet six inches.

    President Harry S. Truman was born in Lamar, May 8, 1884.

    The first train of the Atlantic-Pacific Railway, which became the St.Louis-San Francisco Railway, or "Frisco," arrived in 1870.

    Callaway County was organized on November 25, 1820 and named for Captain James Callaway who was killed in a fight with Indians near Loutre Creek.

    Missouri was named after a tribe called Missouri Indians; meaning "town of the large canoes"

    Situated within a day’s drive of 50% of the U.S. population, Branson and the Tri-Lakes area serves up to 65,000 visitors daily. Branson has been a "rubber tire" destination with the vast majority of tourists arriving by vehicles, RVs and tour buses. Branson has also become one of America’s top motor coach vacation destinations with an estimated 4,000 buses arriving each year.

    Charleston holds the Dogwood-Azalea Festival annually on the 3rd weekend of April. "Charleston becomes a blooming wonderland."

    Jefferson City, Missouri, the state's capital, was named for Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States.

    Missouri's oldest community, Saint Genevieve, was founded as early as 1735.

    In 1812 Missouri was organized as a territory and later admitted the 24th state of the Union on August 10, 1821.

    In 1865 Missouri became the first slave state to free its slaves.

    Hermann, Missouri is a storybook German village with a rich wine-making and riverboat history that is proudly displayed in area museums. Built in 1836 as the "New Fatherland" for German settlers, the town has achieved national recognition because of its quality wines and distinctive heritage.

    Auguste Chouteau founded Saint Louis in 1764.

    Laura Elizabeth Ingalls, writer of Little House on the Prairie grew up in Missouri.

    "Madonna of the Trail" monument in Lexington tells the story of the brave women who helped conquer the west and is one of 12 placed in every state crossed by the National Old Trails Road, the route of early settlers from Maryland to California.

    Soybeans bring in the most cash for Missourians as a crop.

    Missouri Day is the third Wednesday in October.

    On Sucker Day in Nixa, Missouri, school closes officially and the little town swells to a throng of 15,000 hungry folks. All craving a taste of the much maligned but delicious bottom dweller fish loathed by almost everyone else.

    Point of highest elevation: Taum Sauk Mountain, 540 meters (1,772 feet)

    State folk dance: square dance

    State musical instrument: fiddle

    Famous people born in Missouri:
    Robert Altman film director, Kansas City
    Burt Bacharach songwriter, Kansas City
    Josephine Baker singer, dancer, Saint Louis
    Wallace Beery actor, Kansas City
    William Bent fur trader, pioneer, Saint Louis
    Robert Russell Bennett composer, Kansas City
    Yogi Berra baseball player, Saint Louis
    Thomas Hart Benton painter, Neosho
    Bill Bradley basketball player, Crystal City
    Omar Nelson Bradley five-star general, Clark
    Grace Bumbry soprano, Saint Louis
    William Burroughs writer, Saint Louis
    Sarah Caldwell opera director, conductor, Maryville
    Martha Jane Canary (Calamity Jane) frontierswoman, Princeton
    Dale Carnegie teacher of public speaking, Maryville
    George Washington Carver educator, agricultural chemist, Diamond Grove
    Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) author, Florida
    Walter Cronkite TV newscaster, Saint Joseph
    Robert Cummings actor, Joplin
    Jane Darwell actress, Palmyra
    Charles Stark Draper inventor, Windsor
    Jeanne Eagels actress, Kansas City
    T. S. Eliot poet, Saint Louis
    James Fergason inventor, Wakenda
    Eugene Field author, poet, Saint Louis
    Redd Foxx actor, comedian, Saint Louis
    James W. Fulbright senator, Sumner
    John Goodman actor, Affton
    Betty Grable actress, Saint Louis
    Dick Gregory comic, activist, Saint Louis
    Jean Harlow actress, Kansas City
    Edwin Hubble astronomer, Marshfield
    Jack S. Kilby inventor, Jefferson City
    James Langston Hughes poet, Joplin
    William Lear aviation inventor, Hannibal
    Rush Limbaugh communicator, Cape Girardeau
    John Huston film director, Nevada
    Jesse James outlaw, Centerville
    Bernarr MacFadden physical culturist, Mill Springs
    Mary Margaret McBride TV hostess, Paris
    Robert D. Maurer inventor, St. Louis
    Marianne Moore poet, Saint Louis
    Geraldine Page actress, Kirksville
    James C. Penney merchant, Hamilton
    Marlin Perkins TV host, zoo director, Carthage
    John J. Pershing army leader, pershing rifles, Linn County
    Vincent Price actor, Saint Louis
    Ginger Rogers dancer, actress, Independence
    Charles M. Russell painter, artist St. Louis
    Nellie Tayloe Ross first woman elected governor of a state, Saint Joseph
    Ted Shawn dancer, choreographer, Kansas City
    Casey Stengel baseball player, Kansas City
    Gladys Swarthout soprano, Deepwater
    Sara Teasdale poet, Saint Louis
    Virgil Thomson composer, Kansas City
    Harry S. Truman U.S. president, Lamar
    Mark Twain author, Florida
    Dick Van Dyke actor, West Plains
    Dennis Weaver actor, Joplin
    Pearl White actress, Greenridge
    Roy Wilkins civil rights leader, Saint Louis
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    Re: Tell us about Missouri

    MickeysGirl - I think you hit all the big ticket items.
    I was born in Hannibal, Missouri and lived there twice in my lifetime.
    Hannibal was the home of Mark Twain and the Unsinkable Molly Brown.
    Every 4th of July, Hannibal has Huck Finn days where people particpate in whitewashing the fence. You can visit, Tom and Becky's house and the Injun Joe cave.
    Hannibal also has the only inland lighthouse!

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    Re: Tell us about Missouri

    Quote Originally Posted by MTNGIRL
    MickeysGirl - I think you hit all the big ticket items.
    I was born in Hannibal, Missouri and lived there twice in my lifetime.
    Hannibal was the home of Mark Twain and the Unsinkable Molly Brown.
    Every 4th of July, Hannibal has Huck Finn days where people particpate in whitewashing the fence. You can visit, Tom and Becky's house and the Injun Joe cave.
    Hannibal also has the only inland lighthouse!
    Really!?! I lived in Hannibal for a few years too!
    I promise not to sing IASW.
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