Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City
Movies in Which Missouri Played a Major Role:
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
The Outlaw Josey Wales
Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn
President: Harry Truman and First Ladies Bess Truman and Julia Grant
Politics/Military: General Omar Bradley, General John (Black Jack) Pershing, William Fulbright, and Nellie Tayloe Ross.
Actors: Wallace Beery, Ginger Rogers, John Goodman, Dennis Weaver, Robbert Cummings, Dick Van Dyke, Jane Darwell, Vincent Price, Jeanne Eagles, Geraldine Page, Redd Foxx, Jean Harlow, and Betty Grable.
Entertainers: Robert Altman, Burt Bacharach, Josephine Baker, Grace Bumbry, Sarah Caldwell, John Huston, Rush Limbaugh, Dick Gregory, and Gladys Swarthout.
Athletes: Yogi Berra, Joe Garagiola, Casey Stengel, and Bill Bradley.
Writers: Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain), T.S. Eliot, Eugene Field, Marianne Moore, and Sara Teasdale.
Weird and Wonderful Facts About Missouri:
The 'Show Me State' expression dates from 1899 when Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver said, "I'm from Missouri and you've got to show me.”
Iced tea and the ice cream cone were invented at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair.
The 1904 World’s Fair was also the first example of major outdoor electrification.
St. Louis is called, "The Gateway to the West" and "Home of the Blues"
Warsaw holds the state record for low temperature (-40 on Feb. 13, 1905), and the high temperature (118 degrees on July 14, 1954.)
Kansas City has more miles of freeway than any other major city and more fountains than any city except Rome.
Chartered in 1832, Saint Louis University is the oldest University west of the Mississippi.
Aunt Jemima Pancake Flour was the first ready-mix food ever to be introduced commercially. It was developed in St. Joseph in 1889.
The tallest man in documented medical history was Robert Pershing Wadlow from St. Louis. He was 8 feet, 11.1 inches tall.
Dyed-in-the-wool Democrat Valentine Tapley from Pike County swore he would never shave again if Abraham Lincoln were elected. Tapley died in 1910. His beard was 12’ 6” long.
Missouri's oldest community, Saint Genevieve, was founded in 1735.