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|Population (1994): 5,278,000
(15th in size)
State size: 69,697 square miles (19th in size)
State Capital: Jefferson City (named after Thomas Jefferson)
Major cities: Jefferson City, Kansas City, Springfield, St. Louis
Admission to union: The 24th State
Date entered the union: August 10, 1821
Origin of state name: Named after the indian tribe who lived by the Missouri River whose name means "owners of big canoes".
Nicknames: The Show-Me State
Bordering states: Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa and Arkansas
State bird: Bluebird
State flower: Hawthorn
State tree: Flowering Dogwood
Motto: The Welfare of the People Shall be the Supreme Law
|Farming includes soybeans, corn, wheat, oats and livestock. Natural resources include lead, iron and limestone mining. Manufacturing includes automotive equipment and parts, food products and chemicals.|
|First settled by the French in 1735, the U.S. bought Missouri as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Home of the famous Pony Express. Also the home of Samual Clemens, better known as the writer Mark Twain.|
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