Missouri admitted to the Union on August 10, 1821, is rich in history and culture. American Indian warriors, such as the Osage and Missouri, and famous pioneers, such as Lewis and Clark, were drawn to the vast waterways of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers and the abundant land and wildlife.
In the first half of the 1800s, Missouri’s history was rich with the Santa Fe, Oregon, and California Trails threading through Kansas City and Independence. In the second half of the nineteenth century, Missouri saw many struggles as it moved from a pro-slavery state to a Union State, experiencing armed conflict and guerrilla raids.
Missouri offers stunning scenery in its rolling hills, winding rivers, and limestone bluffs. Explore Missouri’s many underground caves, enjoy white water rapids, fish in its numerous streams and lakes, and visit its many small towns that abound with charm and friendly people.
This is just a little of what the state has to offer. Enjoy your travels in Missouri, and welcome to the Legends of the Show-Me State.
Kathy R. Weiser-Alexander
Missouri Flag – Centered on red, white, and blue fields is the Missouri state seal. A blue band encircles it with 24 stars representing the number of states in 1821. The stars in the inner circle have the same meaning. Two huge grizzly bears support the circular shield in the center, which has three parts:
- The motto “United We Stand, Divided we Fall.”
- The right section represents the United States.
- The left section contains a moon representing a new state and a grizzly bear standing for courage.
Route 66 – Missouri Mother Road
Arrow Rock & the Santa Fe Trade
Beyond Lebanon – Ozark Hills & Farms
Bleeding Kansas & the Missouri Border War
Burfordville – Home of the Bollinger Mill
Branson – From Hillbillies to State of the Art
Caledonia – Stepping Back in Time
Carthage – America’s Maple Leaf City
Control Missouri Campaign of the Civil War
Corps of Discovery – The Lewis & Clark Expedition
Devil’s Promenade & the Hornet Spook Light
Cape Girardeau Forts and the Battle of Cape Girardeau
Elms Hotel in Excelsior Springs
Jerome – Tribute to the Trail of Tears
Historic Playgrounds on the Meramec River
Independence – Queen City of the Trails
Lebanon – Trails Through the Ozarks
Midland Trail – First Transcontinental Auto-Trail
The Mississippi River and Expansion of America
Onwards To Cuba – Vineyard Country
Oregon Trail – Pathway to the West
Pacific – Gateway to the Ozarks
Pony Express – Fasted Mail Across the West
Quest for Treasure in the Missouri River
Pulaski County – Heart of the Ozarks
Rolla – The Middle of Everywhere
Santa Fe Trail – Highway to the Southwest
Santa Fe Trail Through Missouri
The Slicker War of Benton County
Springfield – Queen City of the Ozarks
St. Clair – A Way Stop on Route 66
Ste. Genevieve – Europeans West of the Mississippi River
St. James – Forest City of the Ozarks
St. Joseph – Jumping Off To the West
St Louis – Gateway to the West
Sullivan – A Lead Mining Maven
Tips For Travelers In The Midwest
Union, Missouri – Small Town Charm
Warsaw – Rich History on the Osage River
Weston – The Town That Refused to Die
Webb City – The Mine Owner’s Town
©Kathy Alexander/Legends of America, December 2022.