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5 Facts About Missouri's Capital: How Well Do You Know Jefferson City?

By    |   Monday, 13 Apr 2015 04:55 PM

Jefferson City is the capital of Missouri, yet it is not as well known as Kansas City or St. Louis. Nevertheless, this city nestled on the Missouri River is distinctive enough to have been named “Most Beautiful Small Town in America” by Rand McNally. Here are five facts about Jefferson City you may not know.

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1. It was designed to be the capital.

Jefferson City was developed specifically as the state capital of Missouri. It was incorporated as a city in 1839. While it was declared the intended capital in 1821, St. Charles served as the capital until the necessary structures could be built in Jefferson City.

2. There’s a Daniel Boone connection.

Daniel Boone’s son, Daniel Morgan Boone, laid out the plan for Jefferson City, which was named for Thomas Jefferson. The younger Daniel and his brother Nathan opened a salt-making business in the area. “Boone’s Lick Trail” was the path the brothers took to get to their business, and it became an important trading route through Missouri and into the Santa Fe Trail.

3. Jefferson City is on its third capitol building.

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A fire destroyed the first capitol in Jefferson City in 1837. Three years later, a new building was completed, but that one was irreparably damaged when lightning struck the dome in 1911. 

4. The current occupant of the capitol is in his second term as governor. 

Jay Nixon, a Democrat, is the 55th governor of Missouri. He has a strong record of developing education and improving government efficiency, two factors that played a large role in his reelection.

5. Jefferson City appears to be experiencing steady growth.

The estimated median household income in Jefferson City in 2012 was $44,263. That was nearly $5,000 more than the estimated income in 2000. The unemployment rate in November 2014 was 4.8 percent, a full percentage point lower than the national average.

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Jefferson City is the capital of Missouri, yet it is not as well known as Kansas City or St. Louis. Nevertheless, this city nestled on the Missouri River is distinctive enough to have been named "Most Beautiful Small Town in America".
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