Missouri became the 24th state on August 10th 1821. Missouri is commonly known as the "Show Me State" which really talks to the use of common sense. It is believed a congressman from Missouri once proclaimed "I'm from Missouri and you've got to show me".
Origin of state's name: The word Missouri come from and old Indian word for "little town of the little canoes"
State Capital: The state capital is Jefferson City which was named after US President Jefferson. The state is surrounded by eight other states including Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Kentucky.
Driver's license information, applications, testing requirements, Driver's manuals and testing locations can all be found on the Missouri Motor Vehicles' website.
Population: The population of Missouri is in excess of 5.5 million people and growing based on the census of 2000.
Economy: The primary agriculture in the state is cattle, dairy, eggs and poultry as well as the harvesting of corn, wheat and soybeans. The main industries include heavy machinery production, chemical and electronics production as well as food processing.
State Bird: The state bird is the Bluebird or Sialia WilsonII. The bluebird has a beautiful singing voice and can be found throughout the country although it prefers the warmer climate more to the south.
State Flower: The state flower is "The Hawthorn" which has lovely white flowers that grow in clusters and is common throughout the state.
State Song: The stat song is the "Missouri Waltz" by JR Shannon which although beautiful is also melancholy.
State Motto: The state motto reads "The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law".