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Missouri Vacation Basic Facts

Missouri Division of Tourism, Truman State Office Building, P O Box 1055, Jefferson City MO 65102; 573-751-4133; 800-519-2100; Fax: 573-751-5160. Web: and

Missouri Day: third Wednesday of October

State American Folk Dance: square dance

State Amphibian: North American bullfrog

State Animal: Missouri mule

State Aquatic Animal: paddlefish

State Bird: bluebird

State Dinosaur: Hypsibema missouriensis

State Fish: channel catfish

State Flower: white hawthorn blossom

State Fossil: crinoid

State Grape: Norton/Cynthiana grape

State Horse: Missouri fox trotting horse

State Insect: honeybee

State Mineral: galena (lead)

State Motto: Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law.

State Musical Instrument: fiddle

State Nickname: Show Me State

State Quarter:

State Rock: Mozarkite

State Seal:

State Soil: menfro

State Song: Missouri Waltz

State Tree: flowering dogwood

State Tree Nut: eastern black walnut

State Capitals

Ste. Genevieve, Missouri The first permanent white settlement on the west banks of the Mississippi.

Saint Louis, Missouri Territorial capital.

Saint Charles, Missouri First State Capitol of Missouri, 200-216 S. Main Street, Saint Charles, Missouri 63301; 636-940-3322; 800-334-6946; Fax: 636-940-3324. Email: Web: firstcapitol.htm. The legislature met here from 1821 to 1826.

Jefferson City, Missouri State Capitol Building, Jefferson City, Missouri 65101; 573-751-2854. Web: Current state capital.


Missouri Waltz; St. Louis Blues; Meet Me in St. Louis; Boogie Woogie on St. Louis Blues.

State Specials

America's First Wine District Augusta Visitors Information, P O Box 31, Augusta MO 63332; 636-228-4005. Augusta, Missouri and the surrounding Missouri River Valley was the first wine district established in the U.S.

1908 World's first school of journalism founded at University of Missouri at Columbia.

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