History of Missouri

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History of Missouri

Have you ever seen a car pass with a Missouri license plate and, reading the state motto, “The Show Me State,” wondered when and how in the history of Missouri this came to be the state motto? While it is disputed by some, a widely held belief is that in 1899 Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver stated, “I'm from Missouri and you've got to show me.” So there you go. One of life's little mysteries solved.



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