July 17, 1987: The fiddle became our official state musical instrument because of its constant use through the state’s history and in all parts of the state.
The fiddle came to Missouri with the Scots and Irish who played it in their homelands. The English outlawed the use of their native instruments like the bagpipes, so the fiddle came into use thanks to its ability to play quietly and its ability to imitate many of the chords of bagpipes.
This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.