Missouri November 09, 2017
10 Questions You Can Only Answer If You’re From Missouri
We’ve written about the questions that everyone asks Missourians, but what about the questions visitors should, and do, ask us? Missouri has a rich history and many traditions that we are proud of. Let us tell you about our great state with 10 questions all Missourians know the answer to and are hoping you’ll ask!
1. Where can you find the most caves?
Missouri, of course! Affectionately known as the Cave State, there are more than 6,000 known caves found in Missouri.
2. Where did the homecoming tradition originate?
The University of Missouri is recognized by the NCAA as hosting the first-ever homecoming celebration in 1911. The university invited alumni to "come home" to watch the big rival football match-up against the University of Kansas.
3. How can you get candy at Halloween?
You've got to tell a joke! Missourians, especially on the eastern side of the state, tell jokes on Halloween to receive candy from neighbors.
4. What is the largest brewery in the world?
Anheuser-Busch (now known as Anheuser-Busch InBev) is the largest producer of beer in the world and got their start right here in Missouri!
5. Where is the best place for a fine glass of wine?
Missourians have been making fantastic wine since the mid-1800s. Augusta, Missouri was the first area in the nation to be designated as an American Viticulture Area, even before Napa Valley in California.
6. Where is the city of fountains?
Kansas City is known as the city of fountains. They have more fountain than any other city in the U.S. and are only second in the world behind Rome.
7. What is the best way to eat ravioli?
Toasted! St. Louis is known for creating toasted ravioli. You'll find these tasty treats on menus across the state.
8. Where did the Oregon Trail begin?
There is a reason Missouri is known as the Gateway to the West. Many of the most famous westward expansion trails, like the Oregon Trail, started right here in Independence, Missouri.
9. Who hosted the first Olympic Games located in the United States?
St. Louis! In conjunction with the 1904 World's Fair, St. Louis also hosted the 1904 Olympics. Many of the track and field events took place on the Washington University campus.
10. Where was the ice cream cone invented?
You have Missouri to thank for your favorite summertime treat. The ice cream cone was invented at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. After the ice cream vendor ran out of dishes for his ice cream, Ernest A. Hamwi, rolled his waffles into a cone and sold them to the ice cream vendor and the ice cream cone was born.
Which questions do you wish people would ask us? Missouri has a lot of great history and fun traditions to share! Tell us what you think in the comments below.