Best & Worst States: What is Missouri No. 1 at?
The state of Missouri is an important crossing point in the United States. In this place, the East's cultures combine with the west's experiences to create a unique environment and occasion. In St. Louis, the landmark Gateway Arch stands as a tribute to that characteristic. Since the territorial days, this state's central location has made it a desirable option for farmers, immigrants, and early entrepreneurs.
Missouri's statehood resolution was in 1818. Because of the rapid population growth, the request should have been simple, but Congress attached amendments that were anti-slavery in nature, leading to a national controversy. Thus, the legislature applied to a slave state while a national debate was raging.
In 1821, Missouri became the 24th state after the Missouri Compromise was ratified, with Maine joining the mix to preserve the balance. Therefore, one should consider the best and worst of Missouri before completing any plans if you intend to visit or live in the state.
Here are a few of the best things about Missouri:
Best: Satisfying and mouth-watering food
A discussion of Missouri cuisine wouldn't be complete without mentioning barbecue. Here, people tend to think that sweeter sauces mean better food. However, both St. Louis and Kansas City create flavors, traditions, and unique techniques. These techniques are used on a variety of foods, from pulled pork burgers to toasted ravioli.
Those who love barbecue have strong opinions about whether KC or St. Louis do it better. You will be asked about this issue when you start living in Missouri. Whichever you prefer is entirely up to you.
Missouri used to be the country's second-largest wine-producing state, so you may be surprised to learn that. This reputation was gone during the prohibition period. However, the grape bounty in the region is getting a second wind in world-class wines produced from local grapes. There are many tours available at local facilities, and you will soon learn the words "Norton," "Vignoles," and "Chambourcin."
Now, let's take turn the page and look at the worst parts of Missouri:
Worst: Gang activities are rampant!
Most people think that gang activity only occurs in metro areas like Kansas City and St. Louis, but that's not always the case. Some of the rural areas of the state suffer from the same disadvantage. Before deciding to move, you should research crime statistics for your preferred location to be aware of any potential consequences of this disadvantage.
It can be challenging to leave a gang once you become a member. When you move to Missouri, you should tell your family how to react if necessary. Be careful not to overreact, ignore threats, or pretend to be part of a gang because that could lead to travel.
In Missouri, you'll experience all four seasons. Despite its continental climate, the weather in Missouri can also be mild and humid in the South. It's perfect for those who thrive in an environment that is continually hot and humid. You will have to deal with many rainy days, and thunderstorms can turn severe at a moment's notice.
Many people will joke about the weather when you move to Missouri: "We should rename our state Misery instead of Missouri." When you are here, you should be on the lookout for tornadoes.
Here more for you: Fun facts about Missouri:
- "Show Me State" is the nickname for Missouri.
- The expression 'Show Me State' is believed to have originated in 1899 when Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver declared, "I'm from Missouri, and you've got to show me."
- In 1912, Captain Berry made the first parachute jump from a moving airplane.
- The most destructive tornado on record occurred in Annapolis. In 3 hours, it tore through the town on March 18, 1925, leaving a 980-foot wide trail of demolished buildings, uprooted trees, and overturned cars. It left 823 people dead and almost 3,000 injured.
- Richard Blechyden served tea with ice at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904 and invented iced tea.
- Also, at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904, the ice cream cone was invented. An ice cream vendor ran out of cups and asked a waffle vendor to help by rolling up waffles to hold ice cream.
- Missouri ties with Tennessee as the most neighborly state in the union, bordered by eight states.
- The state animal is the Mule.
- St. Louis; is also called "The Gateway to the West" and "Home of the Blues."
- The lowest temperature ever recorded in Warsaw was -40 degrees on February 13, 1905.
Have you been to Missouri? Comment below about your best and worst experiences!