1. The University of Missouri
Mizzou is where it’s at. We’re loyal, unwavering Tigers fans, always - even if we didn’t attend.
2. The Pony Express
Anyone who knows the history of the Pony Express knows that riders left from St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California at the same time on April 3, 1860.
We know how to do barbeque right. It’s world famous in Kansas City, but pretty much anywhere you go in Missouri, you’re bound to get amazing ribs.
Missouri is the home of Anheuser-Busch. Their tagline is, “The Great American Lager,” and that’s fitting - it’s probably the most American beer in the country.
5. Kansas City Royals
When you win the World Series, everyone knows who you are. Of course, we do have that “other” team, the St. Louis Cardinals. I’m sure plenty of people think of them, too.
Tornadoes are a frequent occurrence in Missouri. While we luckily don’t suffer deadly tornadoes often, when deaths occur from these natural disasters, our state makes the national news.
7. Mark Twain
When one of America’s favorite writers is from your home state, everyone immediately thinks of your state when they hear his name.
8. Gateway Arch
It’s the most iconic, most-photographed attraction in the state. Yes, we’re so much more than just St. Louis...but when people hear “Missouri,” they picture our Arch.
Missouri is much more than just St. Louis and Kansas City - much of the state is rural farmland. Seeing tractors at work in the fields (or just slowing down traffic on rural streets) is commonplace.
10. Crazy Good Pizza
The pizza in Missouri is so good that it’s earned its reputation.
11. The Civil War
Missouri was the site of more than 1,000 battles during the Civil War, so history students all over the country are accustomed to reading about our state.
For many, many years, Missouri was number one in the nation for meth busts. Since 2014, it’s dropped a few spots, but sadly, our state still ranks high in this area.
Sure, it’s touristy. But it’s also the home to some pretty good shows, music and entertainment. We can’t help it that we built something so good that out-of-staters flock to see it. They come, they drop their money, they leave. We’re ok with that.
14. Harry S. Truman
Born and raised in Missouri, America’s 33rd President made our state proud.