Facts About Missouri

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Missouri was founded on August 10, 1821; it was the 24th state to enter the Union. In 2014 the estimated population of the state of Missouri was 6,063,589.

Fact 1:    The Gateway Arch, also known as, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, was designed by Eero Saarinen and finished in 1965. It is located on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Louis, MO; it stands 630 feet tall, made with stainless steel, the arch rises about the city skyline. It represents the role of St. Louis in the expansion of the western frontier.

Fact 2:    Walt Disney, a well-known cartoonist was Born in 1901 and Died in 1966. He grew up in Marceline and Kansas City, Missouri. Disney was the creator of the first animated cartoon with sound, “Steamboat Willie,” which presented the world famous Mickey Mouse. “Snow White and the Seven Dwarf,” was Disney’s first animated feature film.

Fact 3:    The Oliver flag was made the official flag of Missouri on March 22, 1913. The flags 3 large stripes are a symbol of the people in the state. The blue stripe is a symbol of vigilance, permanency and justice. The red stands for valor and the white stripe stands for purity. The Missouri coat –of-arms is in the center of the flag, it characterizes both Missouri’s independence as a state, and its place as a part of the United States of America. The coat-of-arms placed in the center of the national colors represents how Missouri is the geographical center of the nation. The coat-of-arms in the center of the national colors symbolizes the harmony between the two and the 24 stars around the coat-of-arms, stands for Missouri’s position as the 24th state to enter the Union.

Fact 4:    According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture about 66% of the state’s total land is used for farming. Missouri had $7.51 billion dollars worth of agricultural products sold and rank 2nd in the number of farms. The average farm size is 269 acres of land and the state’s total farmland is 29 million acres.

Fact 5:    The origin of the name Missouri came from a tribe called Algonquian Indians, meaning “town of the large canoes”.

Fact 6:    Completed in 1931 the Bagnell Dam across from the Osage River in the Ozarks is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world. It covers over 65,000 acres of surface area.

Fact 7:    Missouri has belonged to three nations: France, Spain and the United States of America; as a part of the Louisiana Purchase territory. LaSalle of France first claimed Missouri in 1682; it was then ceded to Spain in 1762. Spain ceded the Louisiana Territory back to France, by a secret treaty in 1802. Napoleon Bonaparte sold the frontier to the United States in 1803 for a total of $15,000,000. Missouri was the second state of the Louisiana Purchase to enter the Union.

Fact 8:    The 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis was the birthplace of the ice cream cone. The ice cream cone became the official state dessert on August 28, 2008.

Fact 9:    There are more than 6,400 known caves in the state of Missouri. It is one of the reasons the state’s official nickname is the “Show-me -State” and “The Cave State.”

Fact 10:    About two dozen of the states historic civil war battlefield sites have tours designed to give visitors an inside look and an understanding of the events that took place there. You can catch a free tour of the Harry S Truman Birthplace, Battle of Athens, Confederate Memorial, Battle of Pilot Knob and Mark Twain Birthplace state historic sites and the Missouri State Museum.

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