Uncovering Missouri: 6 Fascinating Facts

CJ Coombs

Missouri, often referred to as the Show Me State is a place that holds many surprising and interesting facts. From its rich history to its natural wonders, here are some intriguing facts about Missouri that might just leave you amazed. Of course, you might already know some of them if you're native to this state.

Gateway to the West

Missouri holds a significant place in American history as it served as the gateway for westward expansion during the 19th century. The iconic Gateway Arch in St. Louis stands tall as a symbol of this historical significance.

Birthplace of author, Mark Twain

Missouri is proud to claim one of America's most celebrated authors, Mark Twain, as its native son. Samuel Clemens, better known by his pen name, Mark Twain, was born in Florida, Missouri, and went on to create timeless literary works such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Cave State

With more than 6,000 recorded caves throughout the state, Missouri is often referred to as the Cave State. One of the most famous caves is Meramec Caverns which was allegedly used by outlaws like Jesse James as a hideout. This cave is located in Franklin County.

Home of Kansas City Barbecue

If you're a fan of mouthwatering barbecue, then Missouri won't disappoint you. Kansas City-style barbecue originated in this state and has gained worldwide recognition for its slow-cooked meats smothered in tangy sauces. One venue, Jack Stack Barbecue, is a favorite.

The World's Largest Chess Piece

Believe it or not, Saint Louis proudly boasts of having the world's largest chess piece! Standing at an impressive 20 feet tall and weighing over 14 tons, this giant chess piece serves as an eye-catching attraction for visitors. It's pretty amazing.

The Pony Express Origins

In 1860, St. Joseph, Missouri became the starting point for one of America's most iconic mail delivery services known as The Pony Express. This innovative system (for its time) allowed mail to be delivered from coast to coast in record time, revolutionizing communication during that era.

These facts about Missouri only scratch the surface of what this state has to offer. From its historical significance to its natural wonders and culinary delights, Missouri is a place that continues to captivate and amaze visitors from around the world. As a fan of all the historic buildings and places in Missouri, I'm still learning about this state I call home.

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Multi-genre writer and author/publisher with a BA in Eng Journalism/Creative Writing. I worked in law firms for 30+ years and retired early to pursue writing. I was born into the Air Force, so you could say I'm from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Missouri. I love family, research, history, true crime, reading, art, and travel.

Kansas City, MO

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