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‘Show-Me’ No MO? Should Missouri Get a New Slogan?

A measure by a St. Louis County Republican could officially change the state’s slogan.

The Associated Press reported Monday that a resolution from St. Louis County Republican state Sen. John Lamping cleared the Senate and won an endorsement from a committee in the house. The bill urges the Division of Tourism to incorporate a new slogan into its marketing: "The Great Rivers State."

Though it’s never been made official, Missouri is widely known as the "Show-Me" state. It's even on our license plates, although you can now get a plate with the proposed new slogan on it.

Why the "Great Rivers" State?

Lamping’s measure points out that the state boasts more than 110,000 miles of rivers and streams. Plus, the Mississippi and Missouri rivers are significantly tied to the country’s history.

Missouri Stream Team Watershed Coalition executive director Holly Neill told the St. Louis Beacon she hopes the resolution will provide more incentive for people to explore and help conserve the state’s waterways.

Why the "Show-Me" State?

According to Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan’s website, Missouri Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1897 to 1903, is most commonly credited with coining the phrase during an 1899 speech at a naval banquet in Philadelphia.

"I come from a state that raises corn and cotton and cockleburs and Democrats, and frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me," Vandiver said during the speech. "I am from Missouri. You have got to show me."

What other nicknames does Missouri have?

Besides the “Show-Me” state, Missouri is already being marked with other slogans, including “The Cave State” and “Where the Rivers Run.”

The state is also known as the "Lead State," the "Bullion State," the "Ozark State," the "Iron Mountain State" and the "Pennsylvania of the West," the Beacon reported.

What do you think? Should Missouri officially become the "Great Rivers" state or just stick with the "Show-Me" state? Or, do you prefer a different name?

Larry the cable guy June 17, 2012 at 03:15 PM
How about "Leave while U still can" !!!   U could showcase our interstate highways.
Stephen Wells June 25, 2012 at 02:26 PM
What a beautiful state. I hope it remains the show me state. There are many pristine rivers to float and it's the home of roots of rock n roll (chuck berry) and bebop (charlie parker) and cool jazz (miles Davis). There are many things you could name the state. I prefer show me
Joeythe exmailman November 19, 2012 at 09:46 PM
ya I like the show me state better then what we have now...
D.S. James December 23, 2012 at 01:25 AM
You people elect foolish little men like that polished turd of a bible thumper Sen. John Lamping and his mentally defective plan to ban contraception through insurance companies; and that includes all the ass-clowns that voted for it. It's niegh on to the year two thousand and thirteen, not 1684. We don't burn witches anymore. Your god is completely absent because he never existed. MO's been drinkin' the christian Koolaid for too long. Here's a perfect slogan, " We put the MO in MORONS" The world is starting to stand up to you pointless bastards and your self-serving rightwing/christian telebahn nonsence. Your glutoney and avarice is appauling and you heartless treatment of the poor and incapable is anything but christ like.
Chris Martinez December 23, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Man I am sure glad our legislature has been working on these really important things. I mean man, this is much more important than smart gun control or school safety. Wow, I thought they were wasting our money. And this certainly isn't because a long time ago a democrat said this and now we have a Rep. majority. And it couldn't possibly be because somebody's buddy wants this change to help his business. Wait. Could it?

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