Thursday, August 25

Facts about Missouri

Missouri Facts

Learn facts about Missouri for kids.

Have you ever visited Missouri before? You could live there. Whichever it may be, you can learn some cool facts about Missouri here! I love to learn cool facts about all of the different states in the United States. I would love to share some of those cool facts with you! So, every Thursday, I will post cool facts about each of the fifty states in the United States. The states will be done in alphabetical order! Last week, we posted facts about Mississippi. This week, we are posting cool facts about Missouri. You will learn about Missouri's state flag, bird, and other facts. The countdown is on only 25 more states to blog about! 

Did you know Missouri was the twenty-fourth (24th) state to join the union? Yes, that is correct! Missouri officially joined the union on August 10, 1821! Missouri is located in the Midwestern region of the United States. Missouri is bordered by eight (8) states: Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska. Missouri also borders the Mississippi River. Missouri is the twenty-first (21st) largest state in the United States. Missouri is one of the bigger states. There are about 6,168,187 people who reside in Missouri.


Missouri famous person alert:

Did you know that Maya Angelou was born in St. Louis, Missouri? She was a poet, book author, and civil rights activist best known for her seven autobiographies. An autobiography is a written account of someone’s life that is written by themself! The first book she wrote in the series is I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.


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Facts about Missouri:

1. Missouri is known for The Pony Express, farmland, and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Some nicknames for Missouri are the Show Me State, the Ozark State, and the Mother of The West. The Missouri state motto is Salus populi suprema lex esto, a Latin phrase that means, “The welfare of the people is the supreme law.” The motto was adopted on January 22, 1822. The abbreviation for Missouri is MO.

2. The capital of Missouri is Jefferson City. Jefferson City officially became the capital of Missouri sometime in 1821. It is named after Thomas Jefferson, the third (3rd) president of the United States. Jefferson City has an estimated population of about 42,670 people.

3. The state bird of Missouri is the Eastern bluebird. The Eastern bluebird was chosen as the state bird for Missouri on March 30, 1927. The Eastern bluebird is a songbird. The Eastern bluebird is a deep blue color. It has a rusted brownish-orange color on its throat area, and the underneath area is a creamy whitish color. It is a beautiful bird.

4. The Missouri official state flower is the Crataegus punctata, also known as the White Hawthorn blossoms. This perennial flowering tree/shrub can be found growing throughout the state of Missouri. It starts to bloom in May and very early June. The Crataegus punctata is a very beautiful tree/shrub flower. It became Missouri’s official state flower on March 16, 1923.

5. Missouri’s state flag was officially adopted on March 22, 1913. It has three horizontal stripes: one red, one white, and one blue. The flag features Missouri’s coat of arms, which has 24 stars circling it. The 24 stars mean that Missouri was the 24th state to join the union.

6. Corn, cotton, oats, rice, soybeans, and wheat are some of the crops grown in Missouri.

7. Some cool places to visit in Missouri are the Ha Ha Tonka Castle Ruins in Camdenton, MO., the Saint Louis Zoo, and the Wilson's Creek National Battlefield.

8. Some animals that live in Missouri are bobcats, beavers, brown bats, coyotes, eastern copperheads, groundhogs, raccoons, red foxes, and white-tailed deer.

9. Missouri can get very hot and cold depending on the time of year. The hottest temperature recorded in Missouri was 118 degrees Fahrenheit in Warsaw, Missouri, on July 14, 1954. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Missouri was -40 degrees (40 degrees below zero) Fahrenheit in Warsaw, Missouri, on February 13, 1905.



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Facts about Missouri



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Books about Missouri:

1. Good Night Missouri by Adam Gamble

2. Kids Love Missouri by George Zavatsky

3. My First Book About Missouri! by Carole Marsh

4. Little Missouri by Judy Young

Parents/caretakers, be sure books are child-friendly before reading them to your child/children.


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