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Missouri is a state located in the Midwestern United States. It is the 21st most extensive and the 18th most populated of the fifty states. The state comprises 114 counties and the independent city of St. Louis. See the fact file below for more information about the state of Missouri or download the comprehensive worksheet collection to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
Became a State
August 10, 1821 (29th)
midwestern United States
69,704 sq. miles (21st)
Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield, Independence, Jefferson City, Columbia
soybeans, dairy products, hay, corn, poultry, sorghum, eggs, hogs, cattle
humid continental climate: cold winters and hot humid summers
averages 34 inches
Professional Sports Teams
St, Louis Cardinals (Major League Baseball)
Kansas City Royals (National Football League)
St. Louis Blues (Hockey), Kansas City Wizards (soccer)
St. Louis Steamers (indoor soccer)
Mississippi River, Missouri River
Most Famous Citizens
Josephine Baker (entertainer)
Omar Bradley (soldier)
Dale Carnegie (author, public speaker)
George Washington Carver (agronomist, chemist)
Mark Twain (author)
Walter Cronkite (journalist)
Ginger Rogers (actress)
T. S. Eliot (poet)
J. C. Penney (merchant)
Harry Truman (U.S. President)
Bird – Eastern Blurbird
Flower – Hawthorn
Animal – Mule
Tree – Flowering Dogwood
Insect – Honeybee
- The term Missouri came from the Sioux Indian word ‘missouris’, which means “wooden canoe people” or “he of the big canoe.”
Missouri is known as the “Show Me State.” It was coined in 1889 when Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver stated “I’m from Missouri and you’ve got to show me.”
- On August 10, 1821, Missouri joined the Union as the 24th state in the United States.
- On October 24, 1838, Governor Lilburn Boggs ordered the “extermination order” towards the Mormons after a militia attack. General John Clark removed its members in Missouri.
- The Missouri Compromise was found unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1857, allowing its entrance to the Union as a free state. By 1865, Missouri became the first slave state to free slaves.
- Susan Elizabeth Blow was influenced by Friedrich Froebel as she established the first kindergarten in St. Louis, Missouri.
- The first transatlantic flight was made by Charles Lindbergh from Long Island to Paris on May 20-21,1927. He used a single-engine plane made by Ryan Airlines and took 33.5 hours to complete the flight.
- The Gateway Arch in St. Louis was built in 1965 to commemorate Thomas Jefferson’s initiative in expanding the west through the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. St. Louis is also called as the “Gateway to the West” and “Home of the Blues.” It is also the home of the largest beer producing company in the United States, Anheuser-Busch brewery, maker of Budweiser.
- The state’s capital city was named after the third president of the United States.
- As early as 1735, Saint Genevieve, the oldest community, was established.
- Richland, Missouri, is the only state in America with a cave restaurant. Over 6,100 known caves can be seen, and is why Missouri is also known as the “cave state.”
- In 1904, the first Summer Olympics held in the United States was in St. Louis. Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic movement, moved the Olympic Games to Missouri from Illinois, Chicago, after the organizers of the Louisiana Exposition Expedition threatened to create separate sports activities.
- In the same year, at the St. Louis World’s Fair, the ice cream cone was invented along with cotton candy, Dr. Pepper, and iced tea.
- On March 1, 1912, U.S. Army Captain Albert Berry conducted the first successful parachute jump from a moving plane.
- Kansas City has the most number of fountains in a city next to Rome. Branson is known as the “Live Music Show Capital of the World” with more than 50 live performance theatres, while
- St. Joseph marked the starting point of Pony Express.
- U.S. President Harry S. Truman was born in Lamar, Missouri. Some of Missouri’s other famous citizens include Mark Twain (author), Walter Cronkite (journalist), T.S. Eliot (poet), and Ginger Rogers (actress).
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Missouri State Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about Missouri which is a state located in the Midwestern United States. It is the 21st most extensive and the 18th most populated of the fifty states. The state comprises 114 counties and the independent city of St. Louis.
Download includes the following worksheets
- Missouri Facts
- The Show Me State
- Notable Citizens
- Map the City
- Lindbergh’s Flight
- Missouri Compromise
- The Gateway Arch
- Bordering Missouri
- State Symbols
- A Poem for Missouri
- Tour Missouri
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