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Missouri is a Midwest state bounded by the Mississippi river in the east and crossed by the Missouri river, which joins the Mississippi near ST LOUIS.

St. Louis

St. Louis is a City in eastern Missouri, on the Mississippi river near its confluence with the Missouri river. In the 19th century it was a key post for traders and settlers heading west, and it remains a busy trading city.

Industries include car, aircraft and clothing manufacture, and brewing. Its suburbs extend across the river into Illinois. The state covers 180 487 km2 (69 686 sq miles) and stretches south into the Ozark Plateau, which rises to 540 m (1772 ft) in the south-west and forms a tourist area. Cattle, pigs, dairy produce and soya beans are the chief sources of farm income. Lead and zinc are mined, and manufactures include transport equipment, foodstuffs and chemicals. The state capital is JEFFERSON CITY, but the largest cities are St. Louis and KANSAS CITY. About 150 km (95 miles) north-west of St. Louis, on the Mississippi, is the town of Hannibal, the boyhood home of Samuel Clemens (1835-1910), better known as the writer Mark Twain.

Missouris also the Longest river in the country, rising in Montana and flowing east then south-east 3969 km (2466 miles) into the MISSISSIPPI just above St. Louis. It has been dammed in places for flood and navigation control. Jefferson City USA State capital of Missouri, on the Missouri river about 170 km (105 miles) west of St. Louis. It is a tourist centre for the Lake of the Ozarks to the south-west.

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