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  Native Missouri Mules
by deecat

Favorite thing: I remember as a child listening to the radio and anxiously awaiting "The Hit Parade". One of my favorite songs was "The Missouri Waltz". The "Missouri Waltz" became the state song of Missouri in 1949. It was first published in 1914, but the song did not do well, and most people considered it a failure. Sales certainly increased when Harry S. Truman became president. Folks say that the "Missouri Waltz" was his favorite song.

Not until 1995 did the Missouri Mule become the official state animal. I have always been fond of mules because it is a hybrid. It is the offspring of a mare (female horse) and a jack (a male donkey). The mule was introduced to Missouri in the 1820s and farmers and settlers used them and admired their hardy nature. Missouri mules pulled pioneer wagons to the Wild West and moved troops and supplies in World Wars I and II. Missouri has been a premier mule producer.
As a lover of birds, I was impressed when I found that the bluebird is the official state bird of Missouri. The bluebird has always been a symbol of happiness and is a lovely little creature about six to seven inches long. Its upper body is covered with light blue plumage; its breast is cinnamon red (turning rust in the fall). You can see the bluebird in Missouri from early spring until late November.

Fondest memory: Those of you who know me realize that my great love is for flowers and trees; naturally, I was interested in finding what tree Missouri adopted as the state tree. In 1955 the flowering dogwood (Cornus florida L.) became Missouri's official state tree. It's a small tree, rarely getting over 40 feet in height or 18 inches in diameter. It sprouts tiny greenish-yellow flowers in clusters, each flower surrounded by four white petals. In the fall, the upper part of the leaves turn scalet or orange and bright red fruits grow on the tree. In the Spring (when Jill and I were there), the Flowering Dogwoods were magnificent.
The Missouri State Flower Emblem is the white hawthorn blossom. It's known as the "red haw" or "white haw",;the hawthorn is a member of the rose family, which resembles the apple group. They have greenish-yellow centers and form in white clusters. There are more than 75 species of the hawthorn grown in Missouri, especially in the Ozarks.
I think that it is appropriate that the State of Missouri selected the honeybee as its state insect. This bee is yellow or orange and black in color; it is a social insect which collects nectar and pollen from flower blossoms in order to produce honey. There are many beekeepers in Missouri who cultivate the bees for producing this honey.
I discovered several other items, animals, minerals, etc. that Missouri has made official (too many to mention), but I always find it fun to discover such trivia.

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  • Updated May 9, 2004
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