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 dogwood is the state tree, the bluebird is the state bird and the capital is Jefferson City.

Capital City: Jefferson City
Nickname: Show Me State
Motto: Salus Populi Suprema Lex Esto (The Welfare of the People Shall Be the Supreme Law)
Statehood: August 10, 1821 (24th)
Origin of State’s Name: Named after Algonquin Indian term meaning “river of the big canoes.”
Largest Cities: Kansas City, Saint Louis, Springfield, Independence, Columbia
Border States: Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee
Land Area: 68,898 sq. mi., 18th largest
State Bird: Bluebird
State Flower: Hawthorn (crataegus)
State Tree: American Dogwood (cornus florida)
State Song: Missouri Waltz