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Missouri is known as the "Show Me State".
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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."
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The first successful parachute jump to be made from a moving airplane was made by Captain Berry at St. Louis, in 1912.
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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.
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At the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904, Richard Blechyden, served tea with ice and invented iced tea.
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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.
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Missouri ties with Tennessee as the most neighborly state in the union, bordered by 8 states.
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The state animal is the Mule.
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St. Louis; is also called, "The Gateway to the West" and "Home of the Blues".
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Warsaw holds the state record for the low temperature of -40 degrees on February 13, 1905.
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Warsaw holds the state record for the high temperature recorded, 118 degrees on July 14, 1954.
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State bird--native Bluebird March 30, 1927
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State insect--honey bee July 3, 1985
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Mozarkite was adopted as the official state rock on July 21, 1967, by the 74th General Assembly.
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On July 21, 1967, the mineral galena was adopted as the official mineral of Missouri.
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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.
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On June 20, 1955, the flowering dogwood (Cornus Florida L.) became Missouri's official tree.
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The "Missouri Waltz" became the state song under an act adopted by the General Assembly on June 30, 1949
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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.
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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.
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Kansas City has more miles of boulevards than Paris and more fountains than any city except Rome.
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Kansas City has more miles of freeway per capita than any metro area with more than 1 million residents.
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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.
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Saint Louis University received a formal charter from the state of Missouri in 1832, making it the oldest University west of the Mississippi.
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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.
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The tallest man in documented medical history was Robert Pershing Wadlow from St. Louis. He was 8 feet, 11.1 inches tall
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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.
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Top 10 cities of Missouri with populations (2012 est.) are:
1. Kansas City: 463,202
2. St. Louis: 319,294
3. Springfield: 159,498
4. Independence: 116,830
5. Columbia: 108,500
6. Lee’s Summit: 91,364
7. O'Fallon: 79,329
8. St. Joseph: 76,780
9. St. Charles: 66,794
10. St. Peters: 52,575
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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.
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Anheuser-Busch brewery in St. Louis, Missouri is the largest beer producing plant in the nation.
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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.

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