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20 Fun St. Louis & Missouri Facts

By June 29, 2014Blog
  1. Ever wonder why it’s called “The Show Me State?” Well, the term may have began in 1899 when Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver stated, 1-full“I’m from Missouri and you’ve got to show me.”
  2. Did you know…the first successful parachute jump to be made from a moving airplane was made by Captain Berry at St. Louis, in 1912?
  3. How refreshing! At the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904, Richard Blechyden, served tea with ice and invented iced tea.
  4. At the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904, the ice cream cone was invented! An ice cream vendor ran out of cups and asked a waffle vendor to help by rolling up waffles to hold ice cream. We’re having trouble thinking of a sweeter invention…
  5. Missouri ties with Tennessee as the most neighborly state in the union, bordered by 8 states. Howdy, neighbors!
  6. The Cardinals aren’t the only birds in town…the State bird–native Bluebird March 30, 1927
  7. Mmmmmm that’s sweet! The State insect–honey bee July 3, 1985
  8. On July 21, 1967, the mineral galena was adopted as the official mineral of Missouri. Beautiful!
  9. We’ve got beauty and brains…Saint Louis University received a formal charter from the state of Missouri in 1832, making it the oldest University west of the Mississippi
  10. Like pancakes? Of course you do. In 1889, Aunt Jemima pancake flour, invented at St. Joseph, Missouri, was the first self-rising flour for pancakes and the first ready-mix food ever to be introduced commercially
  11. The tallest man in documented medical history was Robert Pershing Wadlow from St. Louis. He was 8 feet, 11.1 inches tall
  12. Creve Coeur’s name means broken heart in French, comes from nearby Creve Coeur Lake. Legend has it that an Indian princess fell in love with a French fur trapper, but the love was not returned. According to the story, she then leapt from a ledge overlooking Creve Coeur Lake; the lake then formed itself into a broken heart
  13. We’re pretty Earth shaking…The most powerful earthquake to strike the United States occurred in 1811, centered in New Madrid, Missouri. The quake shook more than one million square miles, and was felt as far as 1,000 miles away
  14. This Bud’s for you- Anheuser-Busch brewery in St. Louis, Missouri is the largest beer producing plant in the nation.
  15. No wonder we love our float trips…Missouri was named after a tribe called Missouri Indians; meaning “town of the large canoes”
  16. Auguste Chouteau founded Saint Louis in 1764
  17. Who didn’t love these books as children? Laura Elizabeth Ingalls, writer of Little House on the Prairie grew up in Missouri
  18. Mark your calendars! Missouri Day is the third Wednesday in October
  19. Get your dancing shoes ready… the State folk dance: square dance
  20. There’s nothing quite like a bluegrass festival in the summer. The State musical instrument: fiddle

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