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Offical Name State of Missouri
Nicknames The Show Me State
Abbreviations MO, US-MO
Origin of Name "River of the big canoes" in Algonquian Indian language

Official Language None
Admission to Union 10 August 1821
Time Zone Central
Official Web Site www.mo.gov

Capital Jefferson City
Largest City Kansas City
Population 5,595,211 (as of 2000 census)
Economy Agriculture: beef, soybeans, pork, dairy products, hay, corn, poultry and eggs, wine

Industry: mining (limestone, lead, coal, Portland cement, crushed stone), tourism, services

Area 69,709 square miles (180,693 km2)
Major Rivers Missouri River, Osage River, Mississippi River
Major Lakes Clearwater Lake, Lake Wappapello, Table Rock Lake, Lake of the Ozarks
Highest Point Taum Sauk Mountain - 1,772 feet (540 meters)
Bordering States Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arkansas
Bordering Country None
Bordering Body of Water Gulf of Mexico

Flag Missouri Flag
Motto "Salus populi suprema lex esto" - Let the good of the people be the supreme law
Song Missouri Waltz
Animal Missouri Mule
Aquatic Animal Paddlefish
Bird Bluebird
Horse Missouri Fox Trotter
Insect Honeybee
Fish Channel Catfish
Amphibian American Bullfrog
Fossil Crinoid
Flower Hawthorn
Fruit Norton Cynthiana Grape
Tree Flowering Dogwood
Nut Tree Eastern Black Walnut Tree
Rock Mozarkite
Mineral Galena
Musical Instrument Fiddle
Dance Square Dance

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