On this date in 1821 Missouri became the 24th state.
The name came from an Algonquian Indian word which means "river of the big canoes".
Missouri borders parts of 8 other states, tying Tennessee with the most.
State Motto: Salus populi suprema lex esto - "The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law."
State song: Missouri Waltz
State Bird Bluebird
The state animal Missouri Mule
The state insect Honey Bee
State flower White Hawthorne
State Tree Flowering Dogwood