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Finding Your Missouri- A Missouri Real Estate Owner's Guide

Aug 12, 2008
If you are interested in purchasing real estate in Missouri, you may not know how many things the "Show Me" state has to offer. Real estate itself is abundant in Missouri. Finding your perfect home will be an easy thing to do in a state with so much history and value. Its cities are designed for future and current residents to feel a sense of community.

Real estate values are ideal and homes retain their value in this historic state filled so many housing offerings for the resident. Whether you are looking for a truly historical property found in Missouri's many cities and towns, a modern structure to satisfy your urban urges, or a quaint cottage in the forest away from the urban crawl, you'll have your pick of homes.

There are so many things to do in Missouri, one scarcely knows where to begin. Filled with wonderful attractions, historic sites, lush parks, roaring rivers, over 6000 captivating caves, and exhilarating entertainment, Missouri is a state you'll never tire of.

As a newbie resident or lifelong Missourian, your choices for fun, recreation, and edification are numerous in this border state. Here are a few fun historical facts about your chosen state and its wide offering of activities.

Just a Little History

The events surrounding the Kansas-Nebraska Act in the 1850's caused a paradox of the slavery issue putting Missouri in the middle of opposing minds. The pro/anti-slavery battle started causing both sides to escalate their drive for support across the rest of the country.

Many might not know that Missouri ranks third in the most Civil War battles fought on its soil. The Battle of Centralia, the Battle of Pilot Knob otherwise known as the Thermopylae of the West, the Battle of Lexington, the Battle of Island Mound, and many, many more raged through the state as our young country found its balance.

The Pony Express left a rich heritage in Missouri roads and its people. Missouri was the starting point for Lewis and Clark. They navigated their way up the Missouri River and to the West to scout the wilds for President Thomas Jefferson. And of course, some of Missouri's notorious people left their mark on America and the world. Mark Twain, Dred Scott, Jesse James, Kit Carson, the Mormons, and so many more.

The lore and lure of Route 66 has vast roots in Missouri as it traveled through across the state from St. Louis to into Kansas. Though Route 66 is officially defunct, Missouri is still chock full of attractions, destinations, and dedications along its ghostly route. Missouri was the first to erect a historic marker to "America's Mother Road".

Missouri's history is so rich, varied, and influential; a resident could spend decades exploring the state and not see everything. Every corner of Missouri is embedded with history.

Pick A City

There's the St. Louis Gateway Arch, professional sports galore, Six Flags St. Louis Amusement Park, and too much more to list here. The cities are filled with activities, music, museums, historical sites and structures, and education.

Pick a city and you'll find more than one thing of interest there. Missouri is that full. Pointing out just a few just seems unfair, but books could be filled with the information found in the cities of Missouri.

St. Louis is probably the city known the best with the nicknames "Gateway City" and 'Gateway to the West". Located along the convergence of the Missouri River and the great Mississippi River, it was the major crossing point and starting point to the Oregon Trail. Because of this river system, it remains a major port.

Columbia sits at the foothills of the Ozarks and is an education epicenter. With three higher education institutes, established of the headquarters for the University of Missouri system, and high schools rated among the best in the country, Columbia earns and cultivates its nickname "The Athens of Missouri".

Springfield is another interesting Missouri city. It saw its growth due to the placement of the railroad becoming an intersection for the Atlantic-Pacific Railway. It remains an important railway hub. Springfield is likely the birthplace of the "quick-draw" dueling of the Wild West with the first draw of Wild Bill Hickok killing Davis Tutt Jr.

Missouri is the Show Me state. People have shared a "show me" attitude and there's a historical reason behind that, too. Let it show you. Explore your Missouri - Where the Rivers Run.
About the Author
For more about Missouri Real Estate visit Remax, one of the nation's top real estate agencies. We can help you find your real estate dreams in Missouri. Let us guide you to your destination. Art Gib is a freelance writer.
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