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National Missouri Day 2022: History, observance and interesting facts

With a prosperous history and fascinating people, Missouri evolved into a stopping point for many migrating west.

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National Missouri Day 2022: History, observance and interesting facts about the day

National Missouri Day 2022: National Missouri Day on January 4 acknowledges the 24th state to join the Union. The state boasts many cultural and artistic attractions, from music festivals to cruises on riverboats, and tours of the biggest brewing company in the nation.

With a prosperous history and fascinating people, Missouri evolved into a stopping point for many migrating west. Some moved on and returned east but those who stayed made big names for themselves, names such as Walt Disney.

History of National Missouri Day:

Also known as the gateway to the West, Missouri is bordered by two great rivers. The Mississippi River is on its eastern border, while a portion of the Missouri River is on the western border.

As a result, Missouri is ideally located as a hub of transportation and trade. Interestingly, the state of Missouri has the nickname Show Me State. Historically, Missouri’s U.S. Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver receives credit for coining the nickname.

However,Missourians today refer to the phrase as a description of their character. Statehood came to the state as part of the Missouri Compromise, allowing Maine to enter the union as a free state and Missouri to enter with no restrictions on slavery.

During the Civil War, Missouri was divided between the North and South. Because of this, half the state was serving the Confederacy and the other half was serving the Union.

The state boasts many cultural attractions from riverboat cruises to music festivals to tours of the largest brewing company in the nation. With a rich history and interesting people, Missouri became a stopping point for many migrating west.

Some people stayed, while others moved on. Unfortunately, some returned east. A few names you might recognize are Daniel Boone, Laura Ingles Wilder, Kit Carson, William Clark, Walt Disney, Scott Joplin, and Joseph Pulitzer. For a short time, all of these famous people made Missouri their home.

How to observe National Missouri Day:

Whether you’re passing through or planning to stay awhile, join the National Day Calendar as we recognize National Missouri Day, the state’s history, and pioneering spirit. Uncover hidden treasures and explore all Missouri’s hills and valleys!

Interesting Facts:

  • The nicknames of Missouri are Show Me State, Cave State, The Lead State, The Bullion State , The Iron Mountain State,The Pennsylvania of the West and Mother of the West in which “Show Me State” is a widely recognized nickname.In addition,it is also called as “The Cave State” since it consists of more than 6000 identified caves.
  • Missouri is not titled with any official motto, nevertheless, the unofficial motto is ” Let the good of the people be the supreme law” that is Incorporated in the license plates.
  • The most spoken language by Missouri residents is English with around 93.9 percent followed by Spanish 2.6 percent and German 0.4 percent.
  • Famous personalities like Harry S. Truman, Walt Disney are Missourians.
  • It is believed that mankind started living here for around 12000 years.Perhaps,cities were built during the Mississippian culture era which was roughly during the 14th century.Europeans settled here during the 17th century.
  • Lake of the Ozarks, Branson , Table Rock Lake etc are some of the most sought destination spots.
  • The name “Missouri” is named after the River Missouri that was actually named after the Native Missouri Indians.
  • It is assumed that the term Missouri was derived from the language Siouan.The word “Missouri” means “It connects to the side of it,” in Siouan language.
  • The best places to visit in Missouri are Lake of the Ozarks,Joplin, St.Louis,Brandon,Columbia, Hannibal,Hermann,Kansas City, Springfield,Carthage, Grants Farm,Independence,Jefferson City,Elephant Rocks State Park,Ha Ha Tonka State Park,Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park,Lee’s Summit etc.
  • Some of the world-famous largest companies like Cerner, Express Scripts, Emerson Electric, Edward Jones, Wells Fargo Advisors, Monsanto, H&R Block, and O’Reilly Auto Parts have their branches in Missouri.
  • Missouri is completely locked by land having bordered by eight states equaling the Tennessee state,Apart from these two states, no other state is bordered by 8 different states.
  • The climate condition is the humid continental climate.The temperature differs from warm to hot during summer ,cold in winter times and precipitation occurs throughout.
  • Missouri has the two largest rivers Mississippi and Missouri.It connects the two largest cities Kansas City and St. Louis.

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