Missouri State Symbols

Missouri State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

Missouri Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

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.

Missouri State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots


Symbol Name - (Species)

American Folk Dance Square Dance
Amphibian North American Bullfrog
(Rana catesbeiana)
Animal Missouri Mule
Aquatic Animal Paddlefish or Spoonbill
(Polyodon spathula)
Arboreal Emblem (Tree) Flowering Dogwood
(Cornus Florida L.)
Bird Bluebird (Sialia sialis)
Day Missouri Day: 3rd Wednesday in October
Dessert Ice cream cone
Dinosaur Hypsibema missouriensis
Fish Channel Catfish
(Ictalurus punctatus)
Flag State Flag
Floral Emblem Hawthorn Blossom (of tree commonly called the "red haw" or "wild haw"
Fossil Crinoid - Fossilized remains of Crinoidea
(Delocrinus missouriensis)
Game Bird Bobwhite quail
(Colinus virginianus)
Grape Norton/Cynthiana grape
(Vitis aestivalis)
Grass Big bluestem
(Andropogon gerardii)
Horse Missouri Fox Trotting Horse
Insect Honey Bee
(Apis mellifera)
Invertebrate Crayfish, also called crawfish and crawdad (SYMBSCI)
Lithologic Emblem - Rock Mozarkite (Mozarkite -Synonym of: Chert )
Mineral Galena(lead)
Motto Salus populi suprema lex esto
(The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law)
Musical Instrument Fiddle
Nicknames Show-Me State
Nut Nut of the Black Walnut tree
(Juglans nigra)
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)
Seal Great Seal
Song "Missouri Waltz"
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)
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