Posted by: Ron DuBour | October 8, 2021

Knowing America through Poetry~by rldubour, in alpha order


Missouri Information - Hometown USA

The state and river named the same.
The nickname is “The Show Me State,”
With more than 65,000 visitors a day!
In the area of Branson and the Tri-Lake.

The motto is, “The welfare of the people
Shall be the supreme law.”
The record low is 40 below and the record
High is one-eighteen both, were set in Warsaw.

As residents of this state the people
Are called “Missourians.”
The name Missouri actually originated
From the Native Indians called Algonquin’s.

The animal is the Missouri mule
The insect is the honeybee.
The official bird is the bluebird
And the flowering dogwood is the tree.

The state flower is the hawthorn
The mineral is called galena.
Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis is the
Largest beer producer in America.

The dogwood-azalea festival
In Charleston, annually it is grand.
Held the 3rd week end in April,
“Charleston becomes a blooming Wonderland

From the Atlantic-Pacific Railway.
In St. Louis the first train did arrive.
Now called the St. Louis-San Francisco
Only the name did not survive.

Historically, Missouri played a leading
Role as a gateway to the west.
With St. Joseph being the eastern
Starting point of the Pony Express.

“I’m from Missouri and you’ve got to show me.”
As Congressman Vandiver was quoted to say.
And in 1849, David Rice Atchison held the office
As our President but, only for ONE day!

T.S. Eliot, Omar Bradley, Wilkins and Angelou

Again it’s time for names, which one do you know?

J.C. Penny, Jesse James, Yogi Berra and Chuck Berry

Kathleen Turner, Harry Truman and Susan Blow.


Statehood, August 10, 1821 the 24th state

Capital is Jefferson City

Nickname for State: The Show Me State. In 1899 Congressman Willard D. Vandiver said: "I come from a country that raises cotton and cockleburs and Democrats, and frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I'm from Missouri. “You've got to show me." 
The state was named after a tribe called Missouri Indians meaning town of the large canoes. 
The Santa Fe and the Oregon trails began in Independence. 
J.C. Penny full name is James Cash Penney.

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