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Missouri Description

Missouri Recovery

The Civil War ended in 1865 and slavery was abolished in Missouri. Regardless, the spoils of war were devastating as steamboats (the lifelines of commerce growth) in mid-America were destroyed by the hundreds in the war. River traffic never recovered as railroads proved more efficient and economical.

railroad In fact, railroads were the demise of many river towns, but eventually Kansas City and St. Louis became important railroad centers. Economic recovery was slow but steady in Missouri, and even though America's Great Depression proved disastrous for many, World Wars I and II helped to revive (and motivate) its 20th century economy; new industries developed as the state provided war materials for both conflicts.

Missouri Today

The Show Me State is surrounded by eight distinct neighbor states: Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. It doesn't come as a surprise that Missourians consider themselves at once Midwestern and Southern. This versatility is also felt in the state's natural landscape, from the soft hills of the Northern plains to the majestic Ozark Mountains in the South and the countless rivers and lakes sprinkled in between. Missouri is home to over 6000 recorded caves, second only to the state of Tennessee.

A mix of urban and rural culture, Missouri has a sound economy to back it up, ranging from aerospace, transportation equipment and food processing to agriculture products. Missouri cities and suburbs are thriving and families are moving here for the great quality of life and work opportunities. A major transportation center, with two of the nation's three busiest rail centers and two crucial airport cores, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and Kansas City International Airport, Missouri is well connected with the rest of the country.

Missouri Cities

gateway arch St. Louis lies on the banks of the Mississippi River and boasts over 105 parks and host of free major Missouri vacation attractions. Visit the soaring Gateway Arch, St. Louis Zoo, and the Central West End neighborhood. Join the club scene for a night of soulful American Blues. Kansas City on the Missouri River is famous for its beautiful fountains and some of the best barbecue in the land. Both of these cities offer science museums, amusement parks, and an unending supply of family vacation highlights. Springfield boasts the picturesque Ozark Mountains just southeast of the city and the capital of Jefferson City nestles in the center of the state.

harry trumanFamous Missouri natives such as Samuel Langhorne Clemens (better known as Mark Twain), President Harry Truman, astronomer Edwin Hubble and poet Maya Angelou call Missouri their home.

As the gateway to America's west, modern Missouri is famed for historic river towns (large and small), the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Lake of the Ozarks recreational area and so much more. Missouri continues to grow, the economy remains strong, and its famous nickname, "The Show Me State" in many ways symbolizes Missourians as the dedicated, determined people that they've proved themselves to be.

Missouri Cities, Counties & Area Codes

City County Area Code
Kirksville Adair 660
Savannah Andrew 816
Rock Port Atchison 660
Mexico Audrain 573
Monett Barry 417
Lamar Barton 417
Butler Bates 660
Warsaw Benton 660
Marble Hill Bollinger 573
Columbia Boone 573
Saint Joseph Buchanan 816
Poplar Bluff Butler 573
Hamilton Caldwell 816
Fulton Callaway 573
Camdenton Camden 573
Cape Girardeau Cape Girardeau 573
Carrollton Carroll 660
Ellsinore Carter 573
Belton Cass 816
El Dorado Springs Cedar 417
Salisbury Chariton 660
Nixa Christian 417
Kahoka Clark 660
Kansas City Clay 816
Cameron Clinton 816
Jefferson City Cole 573
Boonville Cooper 660
Cuba Crawford 573
Greenfield Dade 417
Buffalo Dallas 417
Gallatin Daviess 660
Maysville DeKalb 816
Salem Dent 573
Ava Douglas 417
Kennett Dunklin 573
Washington Franklin 636
Owensville Gasconade 573
Albany Gentry 660
Springfield Greene 417
Trenton Grundy 660
Bethany Harrison 660
Clinton Henry 660
Wheatland Hickory 417
Mound City Holt 660
Fayette Howard 660
West Plains Howell 417
Ironton Iron 573
Kansas City Jackson 816
Independence Jackson 816
Joplin Jasper 417
Arnold Jefferson 636
Warrensburg Johnson 660
Edina Knox 660
Lebanon Laclede 417
Odessa Lafayette 816
Aurora Lawrence 417
Canton Lewis 573
Troy Lincoln 636
Brookfield Linn 660
Chillicothe Livingston 660
Macon Macon 660
Fredericktown Madison 573
Belle Maries 573
Hannibal Marion 573
Anderson McDonald 417
Princeton Mercer 660
Eldon Miller 573
Charleston Mississippi 573
California Moniteau 573
Monroe City Monroe 573
Montgomery City Montgomery 573
Versailles Morgan 573
Portageville New Madrid 573
Neosho Newton 417
Maryville Nodaway 660
Thayer Oregon 417
Linn Osage 573
Gainesville Ozark 417
Caruthersville Pemiscot 573
Perryville Perry 573
Sedalia Pettis 660
Rolla Phelps 573
Bowling Green Pike 573
Kansas City Platte 816
Bolivar Polk 417
Fort Leonard Wood Pulaski 573
Unionville Putnam 660
New London Ralls 573
Moberly Randolph 660
Richmond Ray 816
Ellington Reynolds 573
Doniphan Ripley 573
Saint Charles Saint Charles 636
Osceola Saint Clair 417
Farmington Saint Francois 573
Florissant Saint Louis 314
Saint Louis Saint Louis 314
Saint Louis Saint Louis City 314
Sainte Genevieve Sainte Genevieve 573
Marshall Saline 660
Lancaster Schuyler 660
Memphis Scotland 660
Sikeston Scott 573
Birch Tree Shannon 573
Shelbina Shelby 573
Dexter Stoddard 573
Reeds Spring Stone 417
Milan Sullivan 660
Branson Taney 417
Licking Texas 573
Nevada Vernon 417
Warrenton Warren 636
Potosi Washington 573
Piedmont Wayne 573
Marshfield Webster 417
Grant City Worth 660
Mountain Grove Wright 417
This page was last updated on November 15, 2017.