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Discovering and Moving to Missouri

Moving to Missouri

History, Geography, Homes, and State Resources of Missouri

New and prospective Missouri residents will discover that Missouri offers diverse landscapes and opportunities which range from the rugged Ozarks to urban areas Located almost in the geographical middle of the nation, Missouri was admitted to the union in 1821. The region was initially explored by Louis Joliet and Father Marquette in 1673. the French founded the oldest city in the state, St. Genevieve during the 1730's. Subsequently St. Louis was founded in 1764. by Pierre LaClede. Today, St. Louis is still Missouri's largest metropolitan center and is situated along the Mississippi River at the eastern part of the state. Annhesuer-Busch beer continues to be brewed in St. Louis while the landmark Gateway Arch is known the world over.

On the west boundary, Kansas City is Missouri's second largest metro center - . Spilling over state lines into Kansas, the KC metro region dominates the area as an industrial and agricultural center. Hallmark Cards calls Kansas city home along with numerous other companies. Often labeled a "cowtown" in the past, today's Kansas City is very cosmopolitan.

Hernando DeSoto visited the Missouri area in 1541. France's claim to the entire region was based on Sieur de la Salle's travels in 1682. French fur traders established Ste. Genevieve in 1735, and St. Louis was first settled in 1764.

The U.S. gained Missouri from France as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, and the territory was admitted as a state following the Missouri Compromise of 1820. Throughout the pre–Civil War period and during the war, Missourians were sharply divided in their opinions about slavery and in their allegiances, supplying both Union and Confederate forces with troops. However, the state itself remained in the Union.

Historically, Missouri played a leading role as a gateway to the West, St. Joseph being the eastern starting point of the Pony Express, while the much-traveled Santa Fe and Oregon trails began in Independence.

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  • Education
    Missouri Colleges. The University of Missouri features a nationwide public university system. The country's main institution and largest university is the University of Missouri in Colombia. The others in the system are University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Missouri-St. Louis and Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla.

    Among the private institutions, Washington University in St. Louis and Saint Louis University are two of the top rated schools in the US. There are numerous junior colleges, business schools, church universities and other private universities in the state. AT THE. Still University was the first osteopathic medical school in the world. The Hannibal LaGrange University in Hannibal, Missouri, was one of the first colleges west of the Mississippi (founded in 1858 in LaGrange, Missouri, and moved to Hannibal in 1928)

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    Sports
    Missouri hosts a number of sports teams. Missouri is home to five major league professional sports teams — two in the St. Louis metropolitan area, and three in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Missouri hosted the 1904 Summer Olympics at St. Louis, the first time the games were hosted in the United States.
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    Transportation
    Missouri Airports. There are 131 airports in Missouri for public use. The airports in Missouri aspire to world standards because of their technological expertise and friendly service. The airports in Missouri are important as they are important connecting points of much of mid-western and northern USA.

    The international airports in Missouri are the Kansas City International Airport and the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The Kansas City International Airport is an important connecting point for many American fliers. Nearly 10 million passengers use the services of this airport annually. The amenities available at this airport include many eateries conveniently located at different concourses, business centers, ATMs, news and gifts shops, and easy baggage claim. The airport is also disabled-friendly and has TTY phones, Braille signage, visual paging monitors and elevators. The airlines that serve this airport are Air Canada, Continental Airlines, Midwest, United, Southwest, US Airways, Delta, Frontier Airlines, American Airlines and America West Airlines.

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