February 22, 2003


Missouri - "The Show Me State"

ivory: "Missouri (or as the natives say, the great state of Misery). Let's see, birthplace of two great generals, John "BlackJack" Pershing and Omar Bradley. Walt Disney was here for part of his childhood (Main Street USA in Disneyland is based in part on his memories of Marceline MO). Mark Twain was born here, and wrote two American classic works of literature based on his childhood ("Tom Sawyer" and "Huckleberry Finn"). For those who believe it was all fiction, his home and the cave are open to tourists year round in Hannibal, MO. St. Louis and Kansas City boast the Cardinals, Chiefs, Rams, and Blues for sports. We also manage to have most of the terrain of the US in one state. Mountains (ok, so they are SMALL mountains), swamplands, plains, forests, and the two largest rivers in the US. We are headquarters of Anheuser-Busch and the Clydesdales.

We might not be New York or New Jersey or California, but we are happy with what we are.....middle of flyover country."

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Posted by Lester on February 22, 2003 09:57 AM

Missouri (or as some say) Miz-zour-ah, is also the "Show Me State" and was named after an Indian tribe whose name means "town of the large canoes". Most Missouri residents are well known for using that infamous phrase: "If you don't like the weather, stick around... it will change." (i.e.)Saturday - around 50 F degrees, Sunday 10 inches of snow on the ground, and today (Monday)... (MINUS) -1 F degree! Also it's the birthplace of one of our President's - Harry S. Truman,(Lamar, MO). Missouri also has the Mark Twain National Forest (which I am located smack dab in the middle of!) And there is the Katy Trail which used to be the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) Railroad, but when it ceased operation they dug up the track and made it a long-distance hiking and bicycling trail that runs about 200 miles across the state.

I'm from the Show Me State - Show me... what's not to like about the Great State of Missouri!

Posted by: CJ on February 24, 2003 10:41 AM

Northerners think we're too southern, southerners too northern, easterners too western, and westerners too eastern. We're the state nobody quite wants to claim.

In the northern half of the state, you could climb a tree and Illinois, Kansas, and Iowa. In the southern half, we've got the oldest mountains on the continent, springfed rivers, and a landscape so rough they had to use mules to pull the fiber optic cable that forms the backbone of our state network.

And the people? They come in every shape, color and creed imaginable, and the only thing we really have in common is common sense and finely honed bullshit detectors.

What's not to love?

Posted by: Mike on March 10, 2003 10:43 AM