A design by Marie Elizabeth Watkins Oliver was adopted as the official Missouri State Flag on March 22, 1913; almost 92 years after Missouri became the 24th State to join the union.
Kansas City is known for its barbeque cuisine beginning in 1908 when Henry Perry, the "Father of Kansas City BBQ" started selling his smoked meats in an alley stand in the Garment District.
The ice cream cone was invented at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904 when an ice cream vendor ran out of cups and asked a waffle vendor to help by rolling up waffles to hold ice cream.
The Great Seal was designed by Judge Robert William Wells and adopted by the Missouri General Assembly on January 11, 1822. The center of the state seal is composed of two parts. On the right is the United States coat-of-arms containing the bald eagle.
Located on the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, the state was an important hub of transportation and commerce in early America, and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis is a monument to Missouri's role as the "Gateway to the West." St. Louis, Missouri, is home to the Anheuser-Busch, the maker of Budweiser beer, and boasts the largest beer-producing plant in the country.
It was also the birthplace of our the 33rd President, Harry S. Truman; born in Lamar, Missouri [near Joplin] on May 8, 1884.
The White Hawthorn Blossom was named the state flower of Missouri on March 16, 1923. These flowers are white and grow in bunches on hawthorn trees. The White Hawthorn Blossom is most common in southern Missouri.
The state of Missouri encompasses 69,704 square miles and is ranked 21st in the nation's total area. It was the 24th state to enter the union on August 10, 1821. Missouri derived its name from the Siouan Indian tribe called ouemessourita, meaning those who have dugout canoes.
Missouri is bordered by Iowa on the north and by Arkansas and Tennessee on the south. Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee border Missouri on the east and Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma border Missouri on the west.
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.
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."