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General background about the Missouri Flag

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Missouri's state flag consists of three horizontal stripes, one red, one white, and one blue; these stripes represent valor, purity, vigilance and justice; in addition, the red, white and blue colors are symbolic of the former French control of the region. In the center of the flag are twenty-four stars encircling the state seal, denoting that Missouri was the 24th state.

  • MOTTO: "The Welfare of the People Shall Be the Supreme Law"
  • ENTERED UNION: Aug. 10, 1821
  • FLAG ADOPTED: March 22, 1913
  • COMMENTS: The flag was designed by the late Mrs. Marie Elizabeth Watkins Oliver, wife of former State Senator R.B. Oliver.


The original silk flag was kept by Marie Oliver until 1961 when her son Allen gave it to the State of Missouri. The flag was displayed until it began to deteriorate and was put into storage. In 1988, Secretary of State Roy D. Blunt issued a challenge to elementary students to raise money to restore the flag. The campaign was successful and the restored flag has been displayed in the James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center in Jefferson City ever since.


Missouri Flag
State Flag, Missouri




  • Kansas City has a second level of roads, offices, ex-trolley car tunnels, and storage areas built into natural caves below the streets of the city.
  • Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) used his hometown of Hannibal as the model for settings in his novels Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.
  • In late 1811 and early 1812, three of the strongest earthquakes in U.S. history rocked Missouri near Madrid. The quakes, which scientists believe measured 8 on the Richter Scale, caused the Mississippi river to flow backward temporarily.
  • On March 18, 1925 the most destructive tornado tore through Annapolis leaving a 980-foot wide track of demolished landscape. It injured 3,000 and killed 823 people.
  • St. Louis is home of the tallest man in documented medical history (2006 est.). His name was Robert Pershing Wadlow and he was 8 feet, 11 inches tall.
  • Kansas City boasts more fountains than any city except Rome and more miles of boulevards than Paris (2001 est.).


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