Friday, June 12, 2009


I read in the newspaper today that the state of Oklahoma now has a State Rock Song--"Do You Realize" by the Flaming Lips. It's one of three states that have made the designation for official rock song; Washington's is "Louie Louie", and Ohio's is "Hang on Sloopy".

Missouri only has one state song, the Missouri Waltz. I know that our nickname is the Show-Me State, and the Eastern Bluebird is the state bird. I though the state flower was the flowering dogwood. I had incorrect information though. Turns out our tree is the dogwood; the white hawthorn blossom is our official flower. Today I researched all the state insignias for the state of Missouri.

I got my information from two Wikipedia articles. The List of Missouri State Symbols had most of the insignias, but I found a couple additional ones in Lists of United States State Insignia, which listed the insignias of every state.

Our official:
  • State amphibian: American Bullfrog
  • State aquatic animal: Paddlefish
  • State bird: Mountain Bluebird
  • State dance: Square Dance
  • State dinosaur: Hypsibema missouriensis
  • State fish: Channel catfish
  • State flower: White hawthorn blossom
  • State food: Ice cream cone
  • State fossil: Crinoid
  • State grape: Norton (also known as Cynthiana)
  • State grass: Big Bluestem
  • State horse: Missouri Fox Trotter
  • State insect: European honey bee
  • State instrument: Fiddle
  • State mammal: mule
  • State mineral: Galena
  • State motto: Salus populi suprema lex esto (Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law)
  • State nickname: Show Me State (an unofficial one is The Cave State)
  • State nut: Eastern black walnut
  • State Poet Laureate: Walter Bargen
  • State reptile: Three-toed box turtle
  • State rock: Mozarkite
  • State slogan: Show Me State
  • State soil: Menfro
  • State song: Missouri Waltz
  • State tree: Flowering dogwood
I was disappointed that Missouri hasn't designated a state beverage, tartan, toy, or sport like some other states have. On the other hand, maybe that means our elected officials have better things to do than make more insignia designations!


  1. My father has often suggested that the Missouri state plant should be poison ivy.