Missouri became the 24th state on August 10, 1821.
Five things you may not have known about the Show Me State:
- Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver is credited with the state’s nickname when he first said, “I’m from Missouri and you’ve got to show me.”
- Kansas City has more miles of boulevards than Paris and more fountains than any city except Rome.
- Missouri gets its name from a Native American tribe of the same name; Missouri means “town of the large canoes.”
- Aunt Jemima pancake flour was invented in St. Joseph, Missouri. It was the first ready-mix food introduced commercially.
- The most powerful earthquake to ever shake the United States happened in New Madrid, Missouri in 1811. It caused the Mississippi River to run backwards for a time and was felt at least 1,000 miles away.
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