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Missouri is known for its unique barbeque flavors and the St. Louis World Fair where the ice cream cone was invented. Students can visit the Gateway Arch, Titanic Museum, and numerous underground caverns. Bordering 9 other states, Missouri offers students the opportunity to learn and experience the diversity of US culture.
Missouri is called the "Show Me State," because its people have a reputation for believing only what they see. Its name is an Algonquin Indian term meaning "river of the big canoes." Originally home to a number of Indian tribes, the state entered the Union in 1821. Today, more than half the population lives in Missouri's two major cities--Kansas City and St. Louis. The state animal is the Missouri mule, the Norton/Cynthiana grape (Vitis aestivalis) is the state grape and the capital is Jefferson City
Missouri started naming symbols in 1923 when the state Legislature adopted the hawthorn flower (Crataegus). Missouri State Symbols contains descriptions and pictures of the state symbols, emblems, and mascots of the state, which can be quickly accessed. This resource guide represents many of Missouri state facts such as Missouri state symbols, the state flower, the state gemstone, the state insect, the state tree, the state bird, the state animal, the state flag that flies over Missouri, and the capital, as well as many more symbols, emblems, and mascots. These types of state directories are designed to help children learn, and are often used by children in the public and private education system as well as home schooled children.
Missouri State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots
Symbol Name - (Species)
|American Folk Dance||Square Dance|
|Amphibian||North American Bullfrog
|Aquatic Animal||Paddlefish or Spoonbill
|Arboreal Emblem (Tree)||Flowering Dogwood
(Cornus Florida L.)
|Bird||Bluebird (Sialia sialis)|
|Day||Missouri Day: 3rd Wednesday in October|
|Dessert||Ice cream cone|
|Floral Emblem||Hawthorn Blossom (of tree commonly called the "red haw" or "wild haw"
|Fossil||Crinoid - Fossilized remains of Crinoidea
|Game Bird||Bobwhite quail
|Horse||Missouri Fox Trotting Horse|
|Invertebrate||Crayfish, also called crawfish and crawdad (SYMBSCI)|
|Lithologic Emblem - Rock||Mozarkite (Mozarkite -Synonym of: Chert )
|Motto||Salus populi suprema lex esto
(The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law)
|Nut||Nut of the Black Walnut tree
|Purple Martin Capital||City of Adrian|
|Missouri Revised Statutes, Chapter 10 State Emblems, Section 10.141
Purple martin capital of the state, city of Adrian.
10.141. The city of Adrian is declared to be and shall be known as the purple martin capital of the state of Missouri.
(L. 2003 H.B. 463)
|Quarter||Missouri State Quarter|
|Reptile||Three-toed box turtle
(Terrapene carolina triunguis)
|Symbol for child abuse prevention||Blue Ribbon|
|Missouri Revised Statutes,Chapter 10 State Emblems,Section 10.185
Blue ribbon recognized as the official state symbol for child abuse prevention.
10.185. The blue ribbon is hereby recognized as the official state symbol for child abuse prevention in the state of Missouri.
(L. 2011 H.B. 749)