Boy wants Missouri River named state waterway

Thursday, March 5, 2009 | 5:17 p.m. CST; updated 5:47 p.m. CST, Thursday, March 5, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — A 10-year-old Missouri boy asked lawmakers to name the Missouri River as the state's official waterway.

Dylan Graber told a Missouri House committee Thursday that the state's namesake river should get official designation because it runs past the state Capitol and because of its role in U.S. history through the Lewis and Clark expedition.

The legislation received mainly joking opposition, but lawmakers have become increasingly reluctant in recent years to create new state symbols. Missouri has more than two dozen state emblems covering everything from the "Missouri Waltz" as the official state song to the hadrosaur as the state dinosaur.

The Missouri River is the longest river in the United States and travels 2,540 miles from Three Forks, Mont., to St. Louis.

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