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
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.
- 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
- Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)
used his hometown of Hannibal as the model for settings
in his novels Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry
- 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
- 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.).