Missouri

Missouri (see pronunciations)—nicknamed The Show Me State—is a U.S. state located in the Midwestern United States. Missouri is the 21st most extensive and the 18th most populous of the 50 United States. Missouri comprises 114 counties and the independent city of St. Louis.

The four largest urban areas are St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, and Columbia. Missouri's capital is Jefferson City. The land that is now Missouri was acquired from France as part of the Louisiana Purchase and became known as the Missouri Territory. Part of the Territory was admitted into the union as the 24th state on August 10, 1821.

Missouri's geography is highly varied. The northern part of the state lies in dissected till plains while the southern part lies in the Ozark Mountains (a dissected plateau), with the Missouri River dividing the two. The state lies at the intersection of the three greatest rivers of North America, with the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers near St. Louis, and the confluence of the Ohio River with the Mississippi north of the Bootheel. The starting points of the Pony Express Trail and Oregon Trail were both in Missouri. The mean center of United States population as of the 2010 Census is at the town of Plato in Texas County, Missouri.

Read more about Missouri:  Etymology and Pronunciation, Geography, History, Demographics, Economy, Law and Government, Important Cities and Towns, Sports, Naval Vessels, State Nickname

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Missouri - State Nickname
... The phrase "I'm from Missouri" means 'I'm skeptical of the matter and not easily convinced' ... I'm from Missouri, and you have got to show me." However, according to researchers, the phrase was in circulation earlier in the 1890s ... another legend, the phrase was a reference to Missouri miners brought to Leadville, Colorado to take the place of striking miners and being unfamiliar with the mining methods there required frequent ...
University Of Missouri System - Components - Students Organization
... The Associated Students of the University of Missouri is a student run organization that represents the students of all four UM system campuses in Jefferson City ... It was created in 1975 by the Missouri Students Association ... ASUM has an internship program that lobbies the Missouri General Assembly on a regular basis pertaining to student issues including equalizing the Access Missouri tuition grant, increasing funding for the ...
Interstate 72 - History - Chicago-Kansas City Expressway
... The concept of I-72 across Missouri was to create the Chicago – Kansas City Expressway, a rural four-lane highway across northern Missouri and west ... The Missouri portion of this route is designated as part of High Priority Corridor 61 ... at Route 79, when US 36 is upgraded to Interstate standards across Missouri, the future western terminus of I-72 would be at Cameron, Missouri at the ...
Interstate 72 - Future
... Based on the 157-mile (253 km) marker at Missouri 79, when US 36 is upgraded to Interstate standards across Missouri, the future western terminus of I-72 would be at Cameron, Missouri at the ... The concept of I-72 across Missouri was to create the Chicago – Kansas City Expressway, a rural 4-lane highway across northern Missouri and west central Illinois from Cameron, Missouri at I-35 to ... The Missouri portion of this route is designated as part of High Priority Corridor 61 ...

Famous quotes containing the word missouri:

    Slavery is founded in the selfishness of man’s nature—opposition to it, is [in?] his love of justice.... Repeal the Missouri compromise—repeal all compromises—repeal the declaration of independence—repeal all past history, you still can not repeal human nature. It still will be the abundance of man’s heart, that slavery extension is wrong; and out of the abundance of his heart, his mouth will continue to speak.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865)

    Then they seen it, the old Missouri River shinin’ in the moon and across it the lights of St. Louis.
    Dudley Nichols (1895–1960)

    I was losing interest in politics, when the repeal of the Missouri Compromise aroused me again. What I have done since then is pretty well known.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865)