On August 10, 1821, Missouri entered the Union as the 24th state. Missouri was acquired in the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. Missouri is the "Show Me State". At the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, iced tea was served by Richard Blechyden for the first time and the ice cream cone was served for the first time. Did you know that Kansas City has more miles of boulevards than Paris and more fountains than any city except Rome. Bearwiskers knows that Missouri has lots of teddy bear lovers.