May 23, 1997: The paddlefish became the official aquatic animal of Missouri. The primitive fish thrives in the Mississippi, Missouri, and Osage Rivers and our larger lakes.
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.