Missouri - Fast Facts & Trivia

Historic downtown Monett, at 5th and Broadway

  • Missouri is known as the "Show Me State".

  • The phrase "Show Me State" may have started in 1899 when Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver said, "I'm from Missouri and you have to show it to me."

  • The first successful parachute jump made from a moving plane was made by Captain Berry in St. Louis in 1912.

  • The most destructive tornado in history has occurred in Annapolis. Within three hours, it ripped through the city on March 18, 1925, leaving a 980-foot-wide trail of ruined buildings, uprooted trees, and overturned cars. 823 people were killed and nearly 3,000 injured.

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

  • Also at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904, the ice cream cone was invented. An ice cream vendor no longer had cups and asked for help from a waffle maker by wrapping waffles to hold ice.

  • Missouri connects Tennessee as the most neighborly state of the Union, bounded 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 measured temperature, 118 degrees on 14 July 1954.

  • State Bird - Aboriginal Bluebird March 30, 1927

  • State Insect - Honeybee July 3, 1985

  • Mozarkite was accepted by the 74th General Assembly on 21 July 1967 as an official state skirt.

  • 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 went 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 "Waltz of Missouri" became a state song after a decision of the General Assembly of June 30, 1949

  • The current Capitol, completed in 1917 and occupied the following year, is the third Capitol in Jefferson City and the sixth in the history of Missouri. The first seat of the state government was housed in the Mansion House, Third and Vine Street, St. Louis; the second was at Missouri Hotel, Maine and Morgan Street, also in St. Louis. St. Charles was declared provisional capital of the state in 1821 and remained the seat of government until 1826, when Jefferson City became the permanent capital.

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

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

  • Kansas City has more highway miles per capita than any metropolitan area with more than 1 million inhabitants.

  • The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial consists of the Gateway Arch, the Museum of Westward Expansion and the St. Louis' Old Courthouse. During a nationwide competition in 1947-1948, the inspired design by architect Eero Saarinen for a 630-foot stainless steel arch was chosen as the perfect monument to the spirit of Western pioneers. The construction of the bow began in 1963 and was completed on October 28, 1965. The Arch has foundations that are 60 feet deep into the ground and withstand earthquakes and strong winds. It swings up to an inch in a 20 mph wind and is built to swing up to 18 inches.

  • The Saint Louis University received in 1832 an official certificate from the state of Missouri, making it the oldest university west of the Mississippi.

  • In 1889, Aunt Jemima was making pancake flour, invented in St. Joseph, Missouri, the first self-rising flour for pancakes and the first ready-mix ever commercially introduced.

  • The greatest man in medical history was Robert Pershing Wadlow of 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 furcatcher, but love was not returned. According to the story, she then jumped off a rocky outcrop overlooking Creve Coeur Lake; the lake then formed into a broken heart.

  • The strongest earthquake that shook the United States occurred in 1811 in New Madrid, Missouri. The earthquake shook more than a million square miles and was felt up to 1,000 miles away.

  • The brewery Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis, Missouri, is the largest beer factory in the United States.

  • During the presidential campaign of Abraham Lincoln, a self-confessed democrat named Valentine Tapley of Pike County, Missouri swore he would never shave again if Abe were elected. Tapley kept his word and his chin hair was unshaved from November 1860 until his death in 1910 and reached a length of twelve feet and six inches.

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

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

  • Callaway County was founded on November 25, 1820 and named after Captain James Callaway, who was killed in a battle with Indians near Loutre Creek.

  • Missouri was named after a tribe called Missouri Indians; Meaning "City of the big canoes"

  • Within a day's drive of 50% of the US population, Branson and the Tri-Lakes area offers up to 65,000 daily visitors. Branson was a "tire" destination with the vast majority of tourists arriving by vehicle, RV and coach. Branson has also become one of the most popular motor home vacation destinations in America, with an estimated 4,000 busses per year.

  • Charleston organizes the Dogwood Azalea Festival annually on the 3rd of April weekend. "Charleston is becoming a thriving wonderland."

  • Jefferson City, Missouri, the state capital, was named after Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States.

  • Missouri's oldest parish, Saint Genevieve, was founded in 1735.

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

  • In 1865, Missouri became the first slave state to liberate its slaves.

  • Hermann, Missouri is a German village with a rich winegrowing and river ship history, which is proudly exhibited in the museums of the region. Built in 1836 as a "New Fatherland" for German settlers, the city has gained national recognition for its quality wines and distinctive heritage.

  • Auguste Chouteau founded St. Louis in 1764.

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

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

  • Soybeans earn the most money for the Missourians as a harvest.

  • Missouri Day is the third Wednesday in October.

  • On Sucker Day in Nixa, Missouri, the school officially closes and the small town swells with a crowd of 15,000 hungry people. Everybody longs for the many slandered but delicious fish that are hated by almost everyone else.

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

  • State Folk Dance: Square Dance

  • State musical instrument: violin

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