Fun Facts about Missouri

September 12, 2014 at 2:05 pm

funfactsallMissouri is undoubtedly a very interesting place. It boasts many tourist attractions that are unique and some are simply unrivaled. The majestic Liberty Memorial Tower, the simply stunning Gateway Arch, and the lovely Ozarks Mountains are just some of these.  These are more than enough reasons to want to visit the state of Missouri.

However, what makes Missouri much more interesting are some facts that are surely worth knowing and yet we hardly knew about. Knowing these facts, some of which are related to history, is truly entertaining. So let’s get ourselves educated with these fun facts:

 

A State of Firsts

There is no shortage of genius and ingenious inventors in Missouri. During the 1904 World’s Fair held in St. Louis, some seriously technologically advanced machines, during that time, were introduced. These are the X-Ray Machine, electric typewriter and the telephone answering machine. Food items like the ice cream cone, iced tea, pancake flour, cotton candy and Dr. Pepper were also invented by Missourians. Sliced bread was also invented in Chillicothe, Missouri. You probably heard the phrase “greatest thing since sliced bread”? It was actually a modified version of its original which is “greatest thing since Missouri”.

 

“Show Me” State

The name of the state came from a tribe called Missouri Indians which means “town of large canoes”. It is nicknamed “Show Me State” which, according to tales, began in 1899 when a congressman named Willard Duncan Vandiver stated “I’m from Missouri and you’ve got to show me.” It’s also serves as a testament to the character of Missourians who are often stubborn and devoted to the use of common sense.

 

A State as Happy as Disneyland

Walt Disney spent his childhood in Marceline, Missouri and the rural life had major influence on his career.  Actually, the full tagline for Disneyland is “The Happiest Place on Earth (Aside from Missouri)”.

 

The Cave State and the City of Fountains

Missouri is known as The Cave State because of its no less than 6000 known caves. At the same time, Kansas City which has 200 fountains just in the metropolitan area, is called the City of Fountains. The statistics doesn’t count the other fountains located in private garden and homes and office atriums.

 

BBQ, Steak and the Happy Meal

Kansas City, being the third-largest capital in the United States is home to the most savory BBQ and Steak. Kansas City’s barbecue is distinctive for its molasses-spiked sweet tomato sauce. The McDonalds Happy Meal was first introduced in Kansas City in the year 1979.

 

Some of the famous people who came from Missouri are Maya Angelou, T.S. Elliot, Harry S. Truman, Mark Twain and Brad Pitt.

In addition to all these, here are some of Missouri’s official state symbols:

State song: Missouri waltz

State Motto: “Salus populi suprema lex esto.” It translates to “The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law”.

State musical instrument: Fiddle

State folk dance: Square Dance

State Rock: Mozarkite

State animal: Mule

 

All of these just prove how colorful and interesting Missouri is and it’s worth a visit from you and your family or friends.