- 2004 Missouri Population: 5,754,618
- Missouri was the 24th state to be admitted to the union on August 10, 1821.
- Missouri's nickname: Show-Me State
- The first successful parachute jump to be made from a moving airplane was made by Captain Berry at St. Louis, in 1912.
- Richard Blechyden served tea with ice and invented iced tea at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904.
- 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.
- Missouri is bordered by 8 states: Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska.
- 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.
- The first Capitol in Jefferson City burned in 1837. A second structure, completed in 1840, burned when the dome was struck by lightning on February 5, 1911.
- 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.
- President Harry S Truman was born in Lamar, May 8, 1884.
- Missouri was named after a tribe called Missouri Indians; meaning "town of the large canoes"
- The capitol of Missouri is Jefferson City, located in Cole County.
- Missouri's oldest community, Saint Genevieve, was founded as early as 1735.
- Soybeans bring in the most cash for Missourians as a crop.
- Point of highest elevation: Taum Sauk Mountain, 540 meters (1,772 feet)
State Animal: Missouri Mule
State Fossil: Crinoid
State Mineral: Galena
State Rock: Mozarkite
State Tree: Flowering Dogwood
State Aquatic Animal: Paddlefish
State Song: Missouri Waltz
State American Folk Dance: Square Dance
State Bird: Bluebird
State Flower: White Hawthorn Blossom
State Insect: Honeybee
State Musical Instrument: Fiddle
State Nut: Easter Black Walnut
State Fish: Channel Catfish
State Horse: Missouri Fox Trotter
State Grape: Norton/Cynthiana
For more information on our state symbols, visit this site: http://www.sos.mo.gov/kids/symbols/default.asp