Selected Missouri Trivia


  1. The 'Show Me State' expression may have began in 1899 when Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver stated, "I'm from Missouri and you've got to show me."
  2. At the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904, Richard Blechyden, served tea with ice and invented iced tea.
  3. Also, at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904, 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.
  4. Missouri ties with Tennessee as the most neighborly state in the union, bordered by 8 states.
  5. Warsaw, MO holds the state record for the low temperature of -40 degrees on February 13, 1905.
  6. Warsaw, MO holds the state record for the high temperature recorded, 118 degrees on July 14, 1954.
  7. Creve Coeur's name means broken heart in French, comes from nearby Creve Coeur Lake. Legend has it that an Indian princess fell in love with a French fur trapper, but the love was not returned. According to the story, she then leapt from a ledge overlooking Creve Coeur Lake; the lake then formed itself into a broken heart.
  8. 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.
  9. President Harry S. Truman was born in Lamar, May 8, 1884.
  10. State animal--Mule.
  11. State bird--native Bluebird, March 30, 1927
  12. State insect--honey bee, July 3, 1985
  13. State tree--flowering dogwood, June 20, 1955
  14. State song--Missouri Waltz, June 30, 1949
  15. State folk dance--square dance
  16. State musical instrument--fiddle


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