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2000 - 5,595,211

Total Area: 69,709 square miles (21st) , of which 68,898 square miles are on land, making Missouri the 18th state in land area. In water area it is 34th in size, having 811 square miles


Median Income: $28,682 (2000)
Per capita Income: $27,206 (2000)



Missouri is bordered by the following states: Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Tennessee. The only other state to be bordered with the same number of states is Tennessee. No other state has more other states along its borders.

Missouri has 114 counties



The nickname of "the Show Me State" may have begun in 1899 when Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver stated, "I'm from Missouri and you've got to show me."

At the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904, Richard Blechyden, served tea with ice and invented iced tea. Also, at the same world's fair, 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.

The tallest man in documented medical history was Robert Pershing Wadlow from St. Louis. He was 8 feet, 11.1 inches tall

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls, writer of Little House on the Prairie grew up in Missouri.

Missouri has also been known as the “Gateway to the West”



Missouri was named after a tribe called Missouri Indians; meaning "town of the large canoes"
Jefferson City, Missouri, the state's capital, was named for Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States.

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

Harry S. Truman, (1945-1953) our 33rd US President, was born on 8 May 1884 in Lamar, Missouri. He spent much of his life in Independence and was buried there upon his death.
The Truman historical site



Rolling hills, open, fertile plains, and well watered prairie north of the Missouri river; south of the river land is rough and hilly with deep, narrow valleys; alluvial plain in the southeast; low elevations in the west.

Longitude: 89° 6'W to 95° 42'W
Latitude: 36°N to 40° 35'N

Width: 300 miles
Length: 240 miles

The geographic center of the state is at Miller, 20 miles southwest of Jefferson City at Longitude: 92° 37.9'W Latitude: 32° 48.9'N

Highest point: Taum Sauk Mountain 1,772 feet (540 meters)
Lowest Point: Saint Francis River 230 feet

Average Elevation: 800 feet above sea level




Official Missouri State page

State Education Department

State of Missouri Kids page - lots of information for kids to use

Online tour of the Governor's Mansion

Government Links page for Missouri
Great links page for all levels of government in Missouri



State Historical Society of Missouri
1020 Lowry Street
Columbia MO 65201-7298
Phone: 573-882-7083
Fax: 573-884-4950

Missouri Historical Society
Lindell and DeBaliviere
Forest Park, Missouri
Phone: 314-746-4599

All about Missouri History - historical information about Missouri


Information, Attract

St. Louis Zoo

The Battleship Missouri Memorial

Missouri State Parks and Historical Sites

Missouri Botanical Garden
24-hour Information Line at 314-577-9400 (or toll free at 800-642-8842).
Missouri Botanical Garden, P.O. Box 299, St. Louis, Missouri 63166-0299

The Jesse James Farm

The Truman Presidential Library and Museum

Learn about the Pony Express which began in Missouri in 1860

Missouri Wildflower Guide



US GenWeb Project page for the state of Missouri


Organizations & Groups

Missouri Arts Council

The Missouri State Library


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This page was last updated 18 September 2006 at 11:35 am

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