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Welcome to Missouri and a brief overview of The Show Me State.

The Midwestern State of Missouri is located in the east central 48 "conterminous" states. It's bordered on the north by Iowa and on the south by Arkansas. Missouri is bordered on the east by Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee and on the west by Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma.

Missouri among the states

  • Statehood: August 10, 1821 (24th state)
  • Abbreviation: Mo. (traditional), MO (postal)
  • Capital: Jefferson City.
  • Size: 69,697 square miles, includes inland water (19th)
  • Coastline: None.
  • Latin motto: Salus populi suprema lex esto (The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law)
  • State bird: Bluebird (Sialia sialis) adopted 1927.
  • State flower: Hawthorn blossom (Crataegus) adopted 1923.
  • State song: "Missouri Waltz", arranged by Frederick Knight Logan from a melody by John Valentine Eppel, with lyrics by J. R. Shannon, adopted 1949.
  • State tree: Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) adopted 1955.


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