Ever wonder why it’s called the Show Me State? The answer originates in Colorado

In transit from Iowa to Kansas this morning, and when passing through Missouri I was wondering why it is called the “Show Me State.” A quick google search led me to the website of Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan. On the site there were several unofficial stories of where the name originates. But it’s interesting to see how one ties to Colorado:

“Other versions of the “Show-Me” legend place the slogan’s origin in the mining town of Leadville, Colorado. There, the phrase was first employed as a term of ridicule and reproach. A miner’s strike had been in progress for some time in the mid-1890s, and a number of miners from the lead districts of southwest Missouri had been imported to take the places of the strikers. The Joplin miners were unfamiliar with Colorado mining methods and required frequent instructions. Pit bosses began saying, “That man is from Missouri. You’ll have to show him.”

Doesn’t look like Missouri will show us any tornadoes today, but Kansas will. The moderate risk is still present and our target destination is Hays at this time, for storms to initiate after 1pm.

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About Maureen McCann

7News Meteorologist, KMGH Denver
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One Response to Ever wonder why it’s called the Show Me State? The answer originates in Colorado

  1. Mike Nelson says:

    Great posts Maureen! Sorry I cannot chase with you today. Good luck to you and Brad and be safe!

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