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March 16, 1923: The hawthorn became the official state flower. More than seventy-five hawthorne species grow in Missouri. There was a stiff battle in the state legislature over this; many wanted the daisy to be the official flower.
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.