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24th State (August 10, 1821), the midwest U.S.

State Abbreviation: MO

Nickname: Show Me State

Origin of Name: Named after a tribe called Missouri Indians; meaning "town of the large canoes"




Missouri State:

Missouri State Symbols
Jefferson City
Motto: Salus populi suprema lex esto (The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law)
Missouri State Seal
Animal: Missouri Mule
Amphibian: North American Bullfrog
Aquatic Animal: Paddlefish
Bird: Bluebird
Dance: Square Dance
Flower: Hawthorn
Fish: Channel Catfish
Fossil: Crinoid
Horse: Fox Trotting Horse
Insect: Honeybee
Mineral: Galena
Musical Instrument: Fiddle
Nut: Eastern Black Walnut
Reptile: Three-toed box turtle
Rock: Mozarkite
Song: Missouri Waltz
Tree: Flowering Dogwood
Tree Nut: Eastern Black Walnut

Missouri State Symbols
Information Sheet
and Color Pages (pdf)



Things to Know

The Pony Express began in Missouri in 1860.

Major Rivers: Current River, Mississippi River , Missouri River , Osage River , St. Francis River

Famous Missourians

Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), the 33rd president of the United States.
Printable fact sheet on President Harry S. Truman provides you with photos and personal information.

Josephine Baker (1906-1975)
A dancer, singer and actress from the early 1900's..

Samuel Clemens (1835-1910), better known as author Mark Twain.

George Washington Carver (1864 -1943)
Born a slave he later became one of America's greatest scientists.

Walt Disney (1901-1966) famous animator and cartoonist.

Jesse James (1847-1882), a notorious outlaw.

Things to Do

Missouri State Bird and State Flower Printable Color Page.
Before printing under File in Page Setup set margins to zero.

Things to Do-Other Sites

Brain Teasers
Print and do some fun brain teasers. Play online or print .

Sites to See

Missouri Wildflowers
Numerous images of Missouri's beautiful wildflowers.

Common Missouri Spiders
Facts and photos of the spiders that live in Missouri.

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial consists of the Gateway Arch, the Museum of Westward Expansion, and St. Louis' Old Courthouse.

Gateway Arch known as the "Gateway to the West."

Things To Do-Other Sites

Missouri State Quarter
Read about the Missouri State Quarter and print
out the color page.

Missouri State Flag color page


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