Visiting The State of Missouri

From Puerto Rico to Indiana, and then to Missouri
From Puerto Rico to Indiana, and then to Missouri | Source

"The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps." Proverbs 16:9

From our plans to Africa we landed in the State of Missouri. The reason for this destination is found in Froggy's hub: A New Mission For Grandpa. It was not a vacation trip, but while we were waiting for "things" to happen, we decided to use that time in a educative way and nourish our mind and spirit, instead of giving path to anxiousness and allowing it to take control.

Enjoy with us our visit and findings of the amazing State of Missouri, since its nickname is "The Show Me State" we will show.

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Where in the world is Missouri?

In the Midwest of North America is found Missouri; the 24th State of the 50 United States. This union took place on August 10th, 1821, after being settled in 1735 at Sainte Genevieve. Some facts about Missouri State:

  • The abbreviation for its name is MO.
  • Jefferson City is the capitol
  • In terms of area, it is the 21st largest state
  • The 18th most populous (approx. 6,000,000)
  • Known as the "Cave State"
  • Was the nation's second largest wine producer

Missouri State and symbols

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Missouri's State Counties
Missouri's State Counties
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Missouri's State Flag | Source
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Missouri's State Bird | Source
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Missouri's State Flower | Source
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Missouri's State Musical Instrument | Source
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Missouri's State Animal | Source

Missouri's bodies of water

Missouri is the place for you If you appreciate bridges like I do. It has about 400 bridges currently eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. It is comprehensible by all the bodies of water surrounding and intersecting through the 68,886 square miles of land pertaining to the State of Missouri. Some of the bodies of water are the:

  1. Missouri River
  2. Mississippi River
  3. Niangua River
  4. Lake of the Ozarks
  5. Meramec River
  6. Truman Lake
  7. Table Rock Lake
  8. Etc.

The Gasconade River is the longest river completely within the boundary of Missouri, and it has been called one of the most crooked in the world.

Hannibal Missouri "Home of Mark Twain"

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Hannibal, MO

Hannibal is located in Marion and Ralls Counties in the State of Missouri. It is the boyhood home of Samuel Langhorne Clemens known as Mark Twain (1835 - 1910). Froggy213 (my husband) wrote about this place in his hub linked to the picture at the side. We invite you to read and take the journey from the wonderful sights captured in pictures.

St Charles County

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St. Charles, a historical sight

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Fireplace of the original capital building | Source

St Charles, MO

St Charles of Missouri named the county and city in honor of an Italian saint and cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church: St Charles Borromeo (1538 - 1584). This county was created on October 1, 1821 as one of the five original counties.

It is a historical place where the city preserves much of the past. Its architecture and garden are commendable and inseparable.

St. Charles unique architecture and gardens

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August A. Bush Memorial Conservation Area

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Conservation Area in St Charles County

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August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area

August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area is located in St. Charles County. In the early 1940s, the area was used by the Department of Army as a TNT munitions plant to support World War II.

This area was purchased by the Missouri Department of Conservation in 1947 from the federal government. Mrs. August A. Busch, Sr. donated a portion of the area as a memorial to her late husband.

The Regional office is in St. Louis which includes a visitor center with very interesting displays of great wildlife information. The 3,000 acre of this conservation area offers:

  • picnic areas
  • hiking trails
  • 32 fishing lakes and ponds
  • 100 of the old TNT storage bunkers

Visitor Center of August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area

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St Louis City

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Saint Louis, Mo.

St. Louis is located in the East Central part of the state on the Mississippi River. It was founded by the French in 1764. It is the second largest city in Missouri. The city is independent and it is not part of any county.

Standing on the banks of the Mississippi, symbolizing St. Louis as the Gateway to the West, is found the perplexing Gateway Arch. This is the tallest man made national monument. The Arch is made of stainless steel measuring 630 feet wide at its base and stands 630 feet tall. Visitors ride a tram to the observation room at the top.

St. Louis MO

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Saint Louis Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park

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Great area for bike ride. | Source

Dripping Springs

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Saint Louis Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park

This is one of the best parks I have ever visited. The lake which offers its edges to be circled by bicycle, jogging or walking on trails, makes a wonderful getaway for anyone.

Saint Louis Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park is formed by a space of 320 acre lake where boats and fishing take place. It is delightful the laughter of children with the enjoyment of diverse playgrounds. A great park for a family picnic, exercises, or moments of relaxation with nature.

Saint Louis Zoo

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Birds, monkeys and more

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Saint Louis Zoo

The St. Louis Zoo since 1910 is one of the few free zoos in the United States. It is located in the 1,300 acre of Forest Park, where the city's top cultural institutions are found and host many of the region's favorite events and pastimes. Some of the reasons to visit the Saint Louis Zoo is because:

  • This zoo is considered among the Top Ten Zoos in the United States.
  • It is located on 90 acres in the most treasured resources of Saint Louis "Forest Park".
  • Noted for its naturalistic animal habitats.
  • The zoo is home to 655 species of animals, many of them rare and endangered.
  • It is a world renowned leader in animal conservation projects.
  • Has an innovative captive breeding strategy to ensure the survival of many of the world's most endangered species.

Saint Louis Zoo

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Water fall at the south entrance | Source
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Did you enjoy visiting the State of Missouri with us?

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Final words

The State of Missouri has more to see than what i have presented in this hub. The weather is really high in summer and everyplace is separated by many miles. On my next visit (if I do) I will try to visit more places like:

  • The Taum Sauk Mountain which is the highest point in Missouri with the highest waterfall of the state.
  • Big Spring, located in the Ozark National Scenic River-ways system.
  • Kansas city which has more fountains than any city except Rome.

I did get "Homesick" but it really was worthy! Our destination was fulfilling in many ways. I do recommend this state as a marvelous get away destination.

Blessings to all!


© Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill

The State of Missouri

5 stars for Marvelous destination

Jefferson City: Missouri State Capitol Building

© 2013 Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

My dad's side of the family is from Missouri, and I will always have a warm spot in my heart for the St. Louis Cardinals. :)

Thanks for the memories.

blessings my friend

bill


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Lastheart 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord Author

Hello Bill! That is wonderful to know about that warm spot. Thanks for stopping by my friend.


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Froggy213 3 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

A very good hub. I doubt I could have done as well. Even though I lived there, I learned a lot I didn't know. I am looking forward to making the trip with you again my love. Voting up and sharing.


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Lastheart 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord Author

Thanks Froggy213!


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Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

A nicely written travel hub and a great presentation. Missouri seems as a worth visiting destination with many sightseeing and interesting places to visit.


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stephanieb27 3 years ago from United States

You represented Missouri very well! I am familiar with most of the sites you shared! Just read Froggy's story. Hoping everything works out for your family! :)


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Lastheart 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord Author

Mike Robbers Thanks! Missouri is a great destination.


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Lastheart 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord Author

stephanieb27 thanks! You are from Missouri and it is nice to know that you know that this is true. Thanks also for reading Froggy's hub. Praying for God's will.

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