The Midwest

By: Chloe Cummings

Midwest

The Midwest is a cultural crossroads. Starting in the early 1800s easterners moved there in search of better farmland, and soon Europeans bypassed the East Coast to migrate directly to the interior: Germans to eastern Missouri, Swedes and Norwegians to Wisconsin and Minnesota. The region's fertile soil made it possible for farmers to produce abundant harvests of cereal crops such as wheat, oats, and corn. The region was soon known as the nation's "breadbasket."

Things To Do

Chicago is located in the Midwest. You could go to the Navy Pier, Willis Tower, Shedd Aquarium, and the Bean. You could also visit St. Louis and go to the City Museum and Gateway Arch.

Industries/Agriculture

John Deere created the steel plow in the Midwest.

Iowa

State Facts

Abbreviation- IA

Capitol- Des Moines

Largest City- Des Moines

Area- 56, 272 sq. mi.

Population- 3.107 million

Resident Name- Iowan

State Symbols

Nickname- The Hawkeye State

Motto- Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain

Song- The Song of Iowa

Bird- American Goldfinch

Flower- Wild Prairie Rose

Tree- Bur Oak

Iowa's Flag

Having three vertical stripes blue, white and red the Iowa flag resembles the flag of France. On the white stripe is a bald eagle carrying a blue streamer in its beak. The state motto " Our Liberties We Prize, and Our Rights We will Maintain" is written on the streamer. The name of the state is emblazoned in red letters.

Missouri

State Facts

Abbreviation- MO

Capitol- Jefferson City

Largest City- Kansas City

Area- 69, 704 sq. mi.

Population- 6.064 million

Resident Name- Missourian

Sate Symbols

Nickname- Show-Me State

Motto- "Salus populi suprema lex esto"

Song- Missouri Waltz

Bird- Eastern Bluebird

Flower- Crataegus Punctata

Tree- Flowering Dogwood

Missouri's Flag

The Oliver flag embraced national pride, and at the same time expressed characteristics of Missouri and Missourians. The three large stripes were symbolic of the people of the state—the blue stripe represented vigilance, permanency, and justice, the red represented valor, and the white stripe symbolized purity. The Missouri coat-of-arms appeared in the center of the flag, signifying both Missouri's independence as a state, and its place as a part of the whole United States. Having the coat-of-arms in the center of the national colors represents Missouri, as she is—the geographical center of the nation. By mingling the state coat-of-arms with the national colors of red, white, and blue, the flag signified the harmony existing between the two. Twenty-four stars surrounded the coat-of-arms, representative of Missouri's position as the 24th state admitted to the Union.