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Geography Album: Missouri, "The Show Me State"

We received a postcard from Missouri!
St. Jo, Missouri
"Hi, from Missouri! St. Joseph is known for The Pony Express, Jesse James and the Missouri River. Many of the Pioneers crossed the river heading west."
Now that our map is filled in so much, it is pretty easy for them to find the states. We noted that Missouri is bordered by several states, IowaIllinoisKentuckyTennesseeArkansasOklahoma
Kansas and Nebraska(No state in the U.S. touches more than eight states.)
Fur Traders Descending the Missouri, c. 1845, George Caleb Bingham

The state is named for the Missouri River, which was named after the first natives encountered by Europeans in the region. The first European settlers were the French, first French Canadians and later the French from New Orleans. It became the center of a regional fur trade with Native American tribes that extended up the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.
Quentin's coloring page says,"Independence, Missouri was the beginning of the Oregon Trail.going west."
 Part of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase, Missouri earned the nickname "Gateway to the West" because it served as a major departure point for expeditions and settlers heading to the West in the 19th century.
Sam's state sketch
 The Lewis and Clark Expedition departed up the Missouri River in 1804 to explore the western territories to the Pacific Ocean. St. Louis was a major supply point for decades for parties of settlers heading west. The territory was admitted as a slave state in 1821 as part of the Missouri Compromise.
"I am from Missouri. You have got to show me." 
-Missouri's U.S. Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver
There are a number of stories and legends behind Missouri's state slogan, "The Show Me State."
However the slogan originated, it is now used to indicate the stalwart, conservative, noncredulous character of Missouri's residents.
Our coloring page taught us the state bird, the Eastern Bluebird,  the state flower, the Red Hawthorn 
and the state tree, the Dogwood.
(We made paper Dogwood blooms when we did North Carolina.)
Laura and Almanzo and their daughter, Rose, moved to Mansfield, Missouri in 1894. Their farm, Rocky Ridge, is now a museum.

"The St. Louis style of preparing ravioli is unique and delicious. The ravioli is breaded, fried and served with marinara sauce and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese." 
Another possibility for a main dish for this state would be 'Show Me' state Cashew Chicken.
"This is Cashew Chicken in the style first served in Springfield, Missouri in the 1960's. It involves deep frying the chicken pieces in peanut oil."

We have "visited" 45 states (90%) with our Postcard-Geography album.
We still need postcards for these states: 
New Jersey
Vermont and Wyoming.
If you live in any of these states and would like to help us with this project, please leave a comment on how I can get in touch with you. Thank you!


  1. Oh, I need to remember to send you a Missouri postcard! Great post! We did Missouri last school year. Here's the link to our unit: http://homeschooladventures3.blogspot.com/2010/09/us-geography-travels-missouri.html

  2. Missouri is less than an hour away and one of our favorite places to visit! Let me know if you still need a postcard...we'd be happy to send you one:)

    P.S. That's exactly how we like to eat our ravioli too. We wouldn't have it any other way:) Yum!

  3. Yes! I will take either (or both!) offers for a postcard! We will just re-vist Missouri and add some more fun to our page.

  4. I'll have to check out the links you included, we'll be at Missouri soon.

  5. Yum! Yum! That is wonderful looking food.

  6. We are from Missouri (St. Louis)! And toasted ravioli is one of our favorites. An even better version of gooey butter cake is chocolate brownie gooey butter cake, it doesn't get much better than that. Yum! But do you know I'd never had or heard of the "Missouri Cashew Chicken" until I took a cooking class on midwest specialties and that was listed for Missouri? Apparently, it's not that special throughout the whole state ;-)

    We live near the historic St. Charles area where Lewis and Clark started their expedition. There is a great Lewis and Clark museum right on the banks of the Missouri River.

    We are in the middle of Missouri History ourselves, since 4th grade is Missouri History year here.

  7. Oh and if you'd like to post the spring carnival linky here before we change to the summer carnival in a couple of weeks please let me know and I'll also send you the code for the spring linky also. Thanks! :)

  8. This is such a great lesson plan. My dad lives in Missouri and sent us the book, "S is for Show Me". It's a pretty good book. We visited him over Thanksgiving and had a very nice time in St. Louis and Kansas City.

  9. I'm glad a pinterest link led me back to your site! I hope you guys are doing well. I have some blog reading to catch up on! I enjoyed this post as I am from MO. I'm now plotting how I can make a vegan version of that ravioli - looks so good. And I know what you're saying about cashew chicken. My parents were bummed when they moved to AR and couldn't get it anymore. :)


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