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Ratification or Admission:  August 10, 1821 (24th)
Present Constitution Adopted:  1845
State Abbreviation:  MO
State Capital:  Jefferson City
Largest City - Population:  Kansas City
Origin of the Name:  From the native American Sioux word. Means “Village of the large canoes”.
State Motto:  “Salus populi suprema lex esto” (The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law)
State Nickname:  Show-Me State
State Song:  “Missouri Waltz” | Lyrics: J.R. Shannon | Music: John Valentine Eppel
State Animal:  Missouri Mule
State Bird:  Eastern Bluebird
State Fish:  Channel Catfish
State Flower:  White Hawthorn Blossom
State Fruit:  Norton/Cynthiana grape
State Gemstone:  None
State Insect:  Honeybee
State Mineral:  Galena
State Tree:  Flowering Dogwood
State Flag:  Centered on red, white and blue fields is the Missouri state seal. It is encircled by a blue band with twenty-four stars representing the number of states in 1821. The stars in the inner circle have the same meaning. Two huge grizzly bears support the circular shield in the center which has three parts: The motto “United We Stand, Divided we Fall”, The right section represents the United States, The left section, containing a moon, represents a new state and a grizzly bear standing for courage. Blue stripe – vigilance, permanency, and justice, Red stripe – valor, White stripe – purity.


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