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Travel: Getting to know Missouri

Thursday, May 10, 2007 | 12:31 p.m. CDT; updated 5:44 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

1. Missouri has a bike tour called the Tour of Missouri, which was patterned after the________ ___ _________ and runs Sept. 11 through 16.

2. With an abundance of rivers and streams, Missouri has many opportunities to swim, canoe and fish. The waterways are popular destinations during summer months. Big Spring feeds into the _________ River and is the largest single outlet spring in the United States.

3. The nomadic Missouri American Indian tribe was away on a hunting trip when ________ and _________ came upon their villages, but nonetheless the state is named after this tribe whose name originates from the phrase “town of the large canoes.”

4. Missouri is surrounded by eight states: Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Kentucky. _____________ is the only other state in the union with as many neighboring states.

5. The _____ _______ cone was invented at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904. It happened when a vendor ran out of cups and asked a waffle vendor for help.

6. After Virginia and Tennessee, Missouri was the ________ most contested state in the Civil War.

7. Missouri has 5,500 caves. Bridal Cave is one of the most famous. Osage American Indian folklore tells the tale of a legendary ________ __________ held in the cave during the early 1800s.

8. ______ _________ pancake flour was the first ready-mix food to be sold commercially and was invented in St. Joseph in 1899.

9. It’s a popular way to explore the Missouri countryside. You can do so from the seat of a __________ during an annual cruise that takes place in June through parts of mid-Missouri.

10. Kansas City is known as the city of fountains. It has more than any city in the world except ________.

11. Missouri has belonged to three countries, _________, France and the United States.

12. __________ __________ was once a street of warehouses in St. Louis but is now a unique area of shops, restaurants and a popular nightlife.

13. The largest foreign exporter of Missouri-made products is _________. Missouri’s No. 1 export is automobiles, adding up to $1.3 million.

14. St. Louis was the site of the demonic incident that inspired the book that let to the horror movie “The _________.”

15. The town of ___________ holds the state record for the low temperature of -40 degrees in 1905 and the high temperature of 118 degrees in 1954.

-- Talbot Merlotti and Michelle Chadwick


1. Tour de France

2. Current

3. Lewis and Clark

4. Tennessee

5. ice cream

6. third

7. wedding ceremony

8. Aunt Jemima

9. tractor

10. Rome

11. Spain

12. Laclede’s Landing

13. Canada

14. Exorcist

15. Warsaw


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