Missouri Leg Of 2010 Tour

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On Tuesday, September 14, 2010, I (Stanley Bronstein) walked for 5 hours on the campus of the University of Missouri and in the surrounding area.

Highlights of the Missouri leg of the tour:

  • While working on my computer at 4:00 AM from my hotel room, I heard a 30 second blurb on the TV about my upcoming walk that day on the Mizzou campus. (Video can be seen below).
  • The weather held up for me, despite the threat of it raining most of the day.
  • The campus was gorgeous.  I actually got there while it was still a little dark, so I got some pictures of buildings while they were lit.
  • The State Historical Society had a museum exhibit on campus and I got lots of pictures (see below).
  • I had a DELICIOUS lunch at a downtown Thai Restaurant.  It was my reward for the first week I’ve spent on the road in Phase 4. If you love spicy food, you would have loved this . . .
  • The ride to Lincoln, Nebraska wasn’t too bad, despite it being 5 1/2 hours long.  I stopped at 3 antique malls along the way.

Here’s a video of the TV spot on
NBC – KOMU TV Channel 8 in Columbia, Missouri

As usual, I recorded a podcast which can be listened to by clicking the button right below these words.

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Here are pictures from my walk.


Here are 5 fast facts about the state of Missouri:

  • With a 2009 estimated population of 5,987,580, Missouri is the 18th most populous state in the nation and the fifth most populous in the Midwest.
  • Missouri was originally acquired from France as part of the Louisiana Purchase and became defined as the Missouri Territory. Part of the Missouri Territory was admitted into the union as the 24th state on August 10, 1821.
  • It has long been considered a political bellweather state. With the exceptions of 1956 and 2008, Missouri’s results in U.S. presidential elections have accurately predicted the next President of the United states in every election since 1904. Missouri has both Midwestern and Southern cultural influences, reflecting its history as a border state. It is also a transition between the Eastern and Western United States, as St. Louis is often called the “western-most Eastern city” and Kansas City the “eastern-most Western city.”
  • The pronunciation of the final syllable of “Missouri” is variable and a matter of considerable controversy, with some insisting on a relatively tense vowel (as in “meet”), while others prefer a lax vowel (“mitt” or “mutt”). Speakers express strong feelings that their own rendering is the “original” or “correct” pronunciation.
  • Former Missouri governor, Joseph Teasdale served as the 48th governor of Missouri from 1977 to 1981.  Teasdale traversed the state of Missouri on foot, earning the nickname “Walkin’ Joe Teasdale.” It is thought that Teasdale appropriated the device from Florida Governor “Walkin’ Lawton Chiles.”

Next stop, Lincoln, Nebraska – The University of Nebraska.