In 1899, it was the words of Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver that gave this state its slogan when he said: "I'm from Missouri and you've got to show me.". And the residents of this state have not failed in doing just that since then! For instance, in 1912, in St. Louis Missouri, Captain Berry made the first successful parachute jump from a moving airplane. And it was here that iced tea was invented in 1904 when Richard Blechyden served it at the St. Louis World’s Fair.
Just like Kansas and Oklahoma, Kansas has its reputation for bad weather too. In 1925, almost 1000 feet of damage was left behind after a twister spent 3 hours on the ground. Over 800 were killed, buildings were destroyed, cars overturned, and a tree uprooted. In 1905, the city of Warsaw earned the coldest temperature on record of 40 degrees BELOW zero and also has the highest temperature record in the states of 118 degrees 49 years later.
The Gateway to the West is in Missouri. There are famous attractions in both Kansas City and St. Louis and the scenery are beautiful with the Ozarks creating a “Show-Me State” proof! The beautiful outdoors gives residents and visitors a lot to do. From baseball to racetracks to the waterways, you won’t be bored here.
Missouri has several world-class art institutions and is rich in cultural and historical importance. This is one of the bests states to learn about the Civil War, and of course, there is always the boyhood home of Mark Twain. It is here that offers the Negro League of Baseball Museum, and there are multitudes of other attractions and museums in the Show-Me State.