Missouri Crazy Laws and Trivia
Missouri Crazy Laws
- In St. Louis it is illegal to sit on the curb of any city street and drink beer form a bucket.
- You may not use vulgar language outside your home.
- In Excelsior Springs worrying squirrels is not tolerated.
- It is illegal to carry an uncaged bear down a public street in Missouri.
- In Buckner yard waste may be burned on any day but Sunday.
- Worrying squirrels will not be tolerated in Missouri.
- In the town of Moberly, it’s illegal to race a stage coach down Rollins Street.
- It is illegal for more than four unrelated people to occupy the same dwelling at the same time in Marquette.
- In University City houses may not have lights on them that shine into the window of a neighbor's house.
- Even though clotheslines are banned in Columbia, you may drape clothes ot dry over a fence.
- A man must have a permit to shave.
- Dancing is strickly prohibited in Purdy.
- In Marceline minors are allowed to buy rolling paper and tobacco but may not buy a lighter.
- In Merryville women are prohibited from wearing corsets because "the priviledge of admiring the curvaceous, unemcumbered body of a young woman should not be denied to the normal, red-blooded American male."
Fun Facts and Trivia
- St Louis is known not only as "The Gateway to the West", but also as "The Home of the Blues".
- During Abraham Lincoln's campaign for the presidency, a staunch Democrat, Valentine Tapley from Pike County, Missouri swore that if Lincoln was elected as president he would never shave again. True to his word he never did shave again. When he died his beard had grown to a whopping 12 feet 6 inches.
- Daniel Boone lived longer in Missouri than any other state and considere it his home.
- The ice cream cone was invented at the Missouri World’s Fair in 1904 when an ice cream vendor ran out of cups and asked a waffle vendor to help by rolling up waffles to hold ice cream.
- Missouri was the third most fought-over state in the Civil War, right after Virginia and Tennessee.
- The state bird of Missouri is the bluebird.
- The flowering dogwood became Missouri's official tree on June 20, 1955.
- The city of Warsaw holds the state record for the lowest temperature of -40 degrees on February 13, 1905.
- In the early 19th century, the folk song, Shenandoah, was sung about a trader in the Missouri River area who fell in love with the daughter of the Algonquian chief, Shenandoah. Sailors heading down the Mississippi River took up the slow, rolling melody for the slow, rolling work of hoisting a ship’s anchor, changing the words to suit their purpose.
- Calamity Jane is one of the most famous people of Missouri.
- St Louis was the site of a demonic incident that inspired the book and the movie, "The Exorist".
- The Gateway arch in St. Louis is the tallest human-made national monument in the United States.
- The nation's first Better business Bureau was founded in Minneapolis in 1912.
- The state capitol in Jefferson city has burned down twice. The first time was in 1837. The second time was on February 5, 1911 when the dome was struck by lightening.
- The Hawthorne is Missouri's state flower.
- Minneapolis has more golfers per capita than any other city in the country.
- Missour's nickname is "The show me state."
- The ill-fated Donner Party left from Independence, Missouri in1846 for Californis.
- Missouri was named after a tribe called Missouri Indians, and translates as "town of the large canoes".
- Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of Little House on the Prairie, grew up in Missouri.
- The highest point in Missouri is Taum Sauk Mountain at 1,772 ft.
- Halsey Hal, Missouri baseball commissioner, was the first to say "Holy Cow" during a baseball broadcast.
- The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is the largest urban sculpture Garden in the country.
- It is said that the first Children's department in a library was in the Minneapolis Public Library. It set up a section for Children's books only in 1899.
- The most powerful earthquake to strike the US happened in 1811 and was centered in New Madrid, Missouri. The quake shoke more than one million miles and was felt as far as 1,000 miles away.
- Missouri's motto is " The welfare of the people shall be supreme law".
- Missouri became the first slave state to free its slaves in 1865.
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