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    • 1 to 3 days

      Saint Louis

      24/7 Voicemail Reception

      9 – 5 Live Answering

      24/7 Custom Solutions

      Starts at $20/month

    • 1 to 3 days

      Kansas City

      24/7 Voicemail Reception

      9 – 5 Live Answering

      24/7 Custom Solutions

      Starts at $20/month

  • kansas-city

  • saint-louis

  • adrian

  • advance

  • agency

  • alba

  • albany

  • aldrich

  • alexandria

  • allendale

  • allenton

  • alma

  • altamont

  • altenburg

  • alton

  • amazonia

  • amity

  • amoret

  • amsterdam

  • anabel

  • anderson

  • annada

  • annapolis

  • anniston

  • appleton-city

  • arbela

  • arbyrd

  • arcadia

  • archie

  • arcola

  • argyle

  • armstrong

  • arnold

  • arrow-rock

  • asbury

  • ash-grove

  • ashburn

  • ashland

  • atlanta

  • augusta

  • aurora

  • auxvasse

  • ava

  • avilla

  • bakersfield

  • ballwin

  • baring

  • barnard

  • barnett

  • barnhart

  • bates-city

  • beaufort

  • belgrade

  • bell-city

  • belle

  • belleview

  • bellflower

  • belton

  • benton

  • benton-city

  • berger

  • bernie

  • bertrand

  • bethany

  • bethel

  • beulah

  • bevier

  • billings

  • birch-tree

  • bismarck

  • bixby

  • black

  • blackburn

  • blackwater

  • blackwell

  • blairstown

  • bland

  • blodgett

  • bloomfield

  • bloomsdale

  • blue-eye

  • blue-springs

  • blythedale

  • bogard

  • bois-d-arc

  • bolckow

  • bolivar

  • bonne-terre

  • bonnots-mill

  • boonville

  • boss

  • bosworth

  • bourbon

  • bowling-green

  • bradleyville

  • bragg-city

  • braggadocio

  • brandsville

  • branson

  • brashear

  • braymer

  • brazeau

  • breckenridge

  • briar

  • bridgeton

  • brighton

  • brinktown

  • brixey

  • bronaugh

  • brookfield

  • brookline

  • broseley

  • browning

  • brownwood

  • brumley

  • bruner

  • brunswick

  • bucklin

  • buckner

  • bucyrus

  • buffalo

  • bunceton

  • bunker

  • burfordville

  • burlington-junction

  • butler

  • butterfield

  • cabool

  • cadet

  • cainsville

  • cairo

  • caledonia

  • calhoun

  • california

  • callao

  • camden

  • camden-point

  • camdenton

  • cameron

  • campbell

  • canalou

  • canton

  • cape-fair

  • cape-girardeau

  • caplinger-mills

  • cardwell

  • carl-junction

  • carrollton

  • carterville

  • carthage

  • caruthersville

  • cascade

  • cassville

  • catawissa

  • catron

  • caulfield

  • cedar-hill

  • cedarcreek

  • center

  • centertown

  • centerview

  • centerville

  • centralia

  • chadwick

  • chaffee

  • chamois

  • charleston

  • cherryville

  • chesterfield

  • chestnutridge

  • chilhowee

  • chillicothe

  • chula

  • clarence

  • clark

  • clarksburg

  • clarksdale

  • clarksville

  • clarkton

  • clearmont

  • cleveland

  • clever

  • clifton-hill

  • climax-springs

  • clinton

  • clubb

  • clyde

  • coatsville

  • coffey

  • cole-camp

  • collins

  • columbia

  • commerce

  • conception

  • conception-junction

  • concordia

  • conway

  • cook-sta

  • cooter

  • corder

  • cosby

  • cottleville

  • couch

  • cowgill

  • craig

  • crane

  • creighton

  • crocker

  • cross-timbers

  • crystal-city

  • cuba

  • curryville

  • dadeville

  • daisy

  • dalton

  • darlington

  • davisville

  • dawn

  • de-kalb

  • de-soto

  • de-witt

  • dearborn

  • deepwater

  • deerfield

  • deering

  • defiance

  • delta

  • denver

  • des-arc

  • devils-elbow

  • dexter

  • diamond

  • diggins

  • dittmer

  • dixon

  • doe-run

  • doniphan

  • dora

  • dover

  • downing

  • drexel

  • drury

  • dudley

  • duenweg

  • duke

  • dunnegan

  • durham

  • dutchtown

  • dutzow

  • eagle-rock

  • eagleville

  • earth-city

  • east-lynne

  • east-prairie

  • easton

  • edgar-springs

  • edgerton

  • edina

  • edwards

  • el-dorado-springs

  • eldon

  • eldridge

  • elk-creek

  • elkland

  • ellington

  • ellsinore

  • elmer

  • elmo

  • elsberry

  • emden

  • eminence

  • emma

  • eolia

  • essex

  • ethel

  • eudora

  • eugene

  • eunice

  • eureka

  • everton

  • ewing

  • excello

  • excelsior-springs

  • exeter

  • fagus

  • fair-grove

  • fair-play

  • fairdealing

  • fairfax

  • fairview

  • falcon

  • farber

  • farley

  • farmington

  • farrar

  • faucett

  • fayette

  • fenton

  • festus

  • fillmore

  • fisk

  • flemington

  • fletcher

  • flinthill

  • florence

  • florissant

  • foley

  • fordland

  • forest-city

  • foristell

  • forsyth

  • fort-leonard-wood

  • fortuna

  • foster

  • frankford

  • franklin

  • fredericktown

  • freeburg

  • freeman

  • freistatt

  • fremont

  • french-village

  • friedheim

  • frohna

  • fulton

  • gainesville

  • galena

  • gallatin

  • galt

  • garden-city

  • garrison

  • gasconade

  • gatewood

  • gentry

  • gerald

  • gibbs

  • gibson

  • gideon

  • gilliam

  • gilman-city

  • gipsy

  • glasgow

  • glenallen

  • glencoe

  • glenwood

  • gobler

  • golden

  • golden-city

  • goodman

  • gordonville

  • gorin

  • gower

  • graff

  • graham

  • grain-valley

  • granby

  • grandin

  • grandview

  • granger

  • grant-city

  • gravois-mills

  • gray-summit

  • grayridge

  • green-castle

  • green-city

  • green-ridge

  • greenfield

  • greentop

  • greenville

  • greenwood

  • grover

  • grovespring

  • grubville

  • guilford

  • hale

  • half-way

  • hallsville

  • halltown

  • hamilton

  • hannibal

  • hardenville

  • hardin

  • harris

  • harrisburg

  • harrisonville

  • hartsburg

  • hartshorn

  • hartville

  • harviell

  • harwood

  • hatfield

  • hawk-point

  • hayti

  • hazelwood

  • helena

  • hematite

  • henley

  • henrietta

  • herculaneum

  • hermann

  • hermitage

  • higbee

  • higginsville

  • high-hill

  • high-point

  • high-ridge

  • highlandville

  • hillsboro

  • holcomb

  • holden

  • holland

  • holliday

  • hollister

  • holt

  • holts-summit

  • hopkins

  • hornersville

  • house-springs

  • houston

  • houstonia

  • huggins

  • hughesville

  • humansville

  • hume

  • humphreys

  • hunnewell

  • huntsville

  • hurdland

  • hurley

  • iberia

  • imperial

  • independence

  • ionia

  • irondale

  • ironton

  • isabella

  • jackson

  • jacksonville

  • jadwin

  • jameson

  • jamesport

  • jamestown

  • jasper

  • jefferson-city

  • jerico-springs

  • jerome

  • jonesburg

  • joplin

  • kahoka

  • kaiser

  • kearney

  • kelso

  • kennett

  • kewanee

  • keytesville

  • kidder

  • kimberling-city

  • kimmswick

  • king-city

  • kingdom-city

  • kingston

  • kingsville

  • kirbyville

  • kirksville

  • kissee-mills

  • knob-lick

  • knob-noster

  • knox-city

  • koeltztown

  • koshkonong

  • la-belle

  • la-grange

  • la-monte

  • la-plata

  • la-russell

  • labadie

  • laclede

  • laddonia

  • lake-ozark

  • lake-saint-louis

  • lake-spring

  • lamar

  • lampe

  • lanagan

  • lancaster

  • laquey

  • laredo

  • latham

  • lathrop

  • laurie

  • lawson

  • leadwood

  • leasburg

  • lebanon

  • lees-summit

  • leeton

  • lenox

  • lentner

  • leonard

  • leopold

  • leslie

  • lesterville

  • levasy

  • lewistown

  • lexington

  • liberal

  • liberty

  • licking

  • liguori

  • lilbourn

  • lincoln

  • linn

  • linn-creek

  • linneus

  • livonia

  • lock-springs

  • lockwood

  • lodi

  • lohman

  • lone-jack

  • lonedell

  • long-lane

  • loose-creek

  • louisburg

  • louisiana

  • lowndes

  • lowry-city

  • lucerne

  • ludlow

  • luebbering

  • luray

  • lynchburg

  • macks-creek

  • macomb

  • macon

  • madison

  • maitland

  • malden

  • malta-bend

  • mansfield

  • mapaville

  • marble-hill

  • marceline

  • marionville

  • marquand

  • marshall

  • marshfield

  • marston

  • marthasville

  • martinsburg

  • martinsville

  • maryland-heights

  • maryville

  • matthews

  • maysville

  • mayview

  • maywood

  • mc-bride

  • mc-clurg

  • mc-fall

  • mc-gee

  • mc-girk

  • meadville

  • memphis

  • mendon

  • mercer

  • meta

  • metz

  • mexico

  • miami

  • middle-brook

  • middletown

  • milan

  • milford

  • mill-spring

  • miller

  • millersville

  • milo

  • mindenmines

  • mineral-point

  • missouri-city

  • moberly

  • mokane

  • monett

  • monroe-city

  • montgomery-city

  • monticello

  • montier

  • montreal

  • montrose

  • moody

  • mooresville

  • mora

  • morehouse

  • morley

  • morrison

  • morrisville

  • morse-mill

  • mosby

  • moscow-mills

  • mound-city

  • moundville

  • mount-sterling

  • mount-vernon

  • mountain-grove

  • mountain-view

  • myrtle

  • napoleon

  • naylor

  • neck-city

  • neelyville

  • nelson

  • neosho

  • nevada

  • new-bloomfield

  • new-boston

  • new-cambria

  • new-florence

  • new-franklin

  • new-hampton

  • new-haven

  • new-london

  • new-madrid

  • new-melle

  • newark

  • newburg

  • newtonia

  • newtown

  • niangua

  • nixa

  • noble

  • noel

  • norborne

  • norwood

  • novelty

  • novinger

  • o-fallon

  • oak-grove

  • oak-ridge

  • odessa

  • old-appleton

  • old-monroe

  • oldfield

  • olean

  • olney

  • oran

  • oregon

  • oronogo

  • orrick

  • osage-beach

  • osborn

  • osceola

  • otterville

  • owensville

  • oxly

  • ozark

  • pacific

  • palmyra

  • paris

  • park-hills

  • parma

  • parnell

  • patterson

  • patton

  • pattonsburg

  • peace-valley

  • peculiar

  • perkins

  • perry

  • perryville

  • pevely

  • philadelphia

  • phillipsburg

  • pickering

  • piedmont

  • pierce-city

  • pilot-grove

  • pilot-knob

  • pineville

  • pittsburg

  • plato

  • platte-city

  • plattsburg

  • pleasant-hill

  • pleasant-hope

  • plevna

  • pocahontas

  • point-lookout

  • polk

  • pollock

  • polo

  • pomona

  • ponce-de-leon

  • pontiac

  • poplar-bluff

  • portage-des-sioux

  • portageville

  • portland

  • potosi

  • pottersville

  • powell

  • powersite

  • powersville

  • prairie-home

  • preston

  • princeton

  • protem

  • purcell

  • purdin

  • purdy

  • puxico

  • queen-city

  • quincy

  • qulin

  • racine

  • ravenwood

  • raymondville

  • raymore

  • rayville

  • rea

  • redford

  • reeds

  • reeds-spring

  • renick

  • republic

  • revere

  • reynolds

  • rhineland

  • rich-hill

  • richards

  • richland

  • richmond

  • richwoods

  • ridgedale

  • ridgeway

  • risco

  • riverside

  • rives

  • roach

  • robertsville

  • roby

  • rocheport

  • rock-port

  • rockaway-beach

  • rockbridge

  • rockville

  • rocky-comfort

  • rocky-mount

  • rogersville

  • rolla

  • rombauer

  • roscoe

  • rosebud

  • rosendale

  • rothville

  • rueter

  • rush-hill

  • rushville

  • russellville

  • rutledge

  • saginaw

  • saint-albans

  • saint-ann

  • saint-charles

  • saint-clair

  • saint-elizabeth

  • saint-james

  • saint-joseph

  • saint-mary

  • saint-patrick

  • saint-peters

  • saint-robert

  • saint-thomas

  • sainte-genevieve

  • salem

  • salisbury

  • santa-fe

  • sarcoxie

  • savannah

  • saverton

  • schell-city

  • scott-city

  • sedalia

  • sedgewickville

  • seligman

  • senath

  • seneca

  • seymour

  • shelbina

  • shelbyville

  • sheldon

  • shell-knob

  • sheridan

  • shook

  • sibley

  • sikeston

  • silex

  • silva

  • skidmore

  • slater

  • smithton

  • smithville

  • solo

  • south-fork

  • south-greenfield

  • south-west-city

  • sparta

  • spickard

  • spokane

  • springfield

  • squires

  • stanberry

  • stanton

  • stark-city

  • steedman

  • steele

  • steelville

  • stella

  • stet

  • stewartsville

  • stockton

  • stotts-city

  • stoutland

  • stoutsville

  • stover

  • strafford

  • strasburg

  • sturdivant

  • sturgeon

  • success

  • sullivan

  • summersville

  • sumner

  • sunrise-beach

  • sweet-springs

  • syracuse

  • tallapoosa

  • taneyville

  • tarkio

  • taylor

  • tebbetts

  • tecumseh

  • thayer

  • theodosia

  • thompson

  • thornfield

  • tiff

  • tiff-city

  • tina

  • tipton

  • treloar

  • trenton

  • trimble

  • triplett

  • troy

  • truxton

  • tunas

  • turners

  • turney

  • tuscumbia

  • udall

  • ulman

  • union

  • union-star

  • uniontown

  • unionville

  • urbana

  • urich

  • utica

  • valles-mines

  • valley-park

  • van-buren

  • vandalia

  • vanduser

  • vanzant

  • verona

  • versailles

  • viburnum

  • vichy

  • vienna

  • villa-ridge

  • vulcan

  • waco

  • waldron

  • walker

  • walnut-grove

  • walnut-shade

  • wappapello

  • wardell

  • warrensburg

  • warrenton

  • warsaw

  • washburn

  • washington

  • wasola

  • watson

  • waverly

  • wayland

  • waynesville

  • weatherby

  • weaubleau

  • webb-city

  • wellington

  • wellsville

  • wentworth

  • wentzville

  • wesco

  • west-alton

  • west-plains

  • westboro

  • weston

  • westphalia

  • wheatland

  • wheaton

  • wheeling

  • whiteman-air-force-base

  • whiteoak

  • whiteside

  • whitewater

  • willard

  • williamsburg

  • williamstown

  • williamsville

  • willow-springs

  • windsor

  • windyville

  • winfield

  • winigan

  • winona

  • winston

  • wolf-island

  • wooldridge

  • worth

  • worthington

  • wright-city

  • wyaconda

  • wyatt

  • yukon

  • zalma

  • zanoni
  • Does Phone Answering USA provide Automated Reception Services in Missouri?

    Phone Answering USA provides Automated Reception Services in Missouri. This package is simple and cost effective. This package includes a local phone number, unlimited calls, unlimited local & long distance minutes (in the continental US), unlimited call forwarding and up to 7 extensions.

    This package can be purchased on our website or by calling 702.943.0315

    Does Phone Answering USA provide Live 9am to 5pm Live Answering in Missouri?

    Phone Answering USA provides a Pay Per Call Live 9-5 Answering Service in Missouri. These call packages are designed for the company that does not need 24/7 phone answering and wishes to pay per call not per minute. It is a simple way to understand what your monthly cost will be month in and month out.

    Live 9am – 5pm Standard and Premium Package Differentiated:

    Standard Live Answering

    Calls personally answered/ Live Message Receiving/ forwarding call to voice mail, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm local time (except holidays). $1 per call over allotted package.

    Premium Live Answering

    Calls personally answered/ screened/ forwarded per your instruction, allowing you to decide whether to accept the call, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm local time (except holidays). $1 per call over allotted package.

    Find-Me / Follow-Me: Live efforts to forward your calls, allowing you to not miss that important call.

    Both Standard and Premium packages provide:

    • Off-hour automated reception with up to 7 extensions – Auto-attendant answering of calls in your company’s name with up to 3 dialing options for callers external client number(s). Unlimited Long Distance Continental U.S.
    • Custom greeting for Off-hours – Your company branding when your line is answered.
    • Flat Rate Monthly Call Bundles – You choose the amount of bundled calls monthly for your services and receive one-set price.
    • Local Number – Local Number that is uniquely yours while employing our services.
    • Voice-mail Message to Email – Receive Voice-mails to email and hear it as a .wav file, saving long-distance charges in lieu of calling in to check your messages.
    • Music on Hold – Callers hear music when on hold or while waiting to connect.
    • Text Message Notification to Cell Phone – Receive your messages taken live by receptionist and sent by text to your mobile phone.
    • Call Time Scheduler – Calls can be routed a certain way during business hours (9-5) and a different way after-hours.

    This Package can be purchased on our website or by calling 702.943.0315

    Does Phone Answering USA provide 24/7 Phone Answering services in Missouri?

    Phone Answering USA provides a suite of Phone Answering 24/7 Services in Missouri. All the service packages are custom to fit any companies’ needs.

    Categories:

    • Answering Services
    • Live Receptionist
    • Order Entry
    • Scheduling
    • Call Center
    • Help Desk

    24/7 Service Defined:

    • Absentee Reporting – Agents can answer your employee reporting line and document employee absences at a minimal cost of hiring full or part-time staff.
    • Ad Response – Agents can service and manage the responses to targeted advertising campaigns, website advertising, newspapers, radio, and direct mailings.
    • Answering Service – Experienced agents can answer your line 24/7; collect the information you require; and promptly forward it to you.
    • Directory Service – Provide your callers with the nearest location of your store, service center, or dealer.
    • Disaster Recovery Back-up – Prevent your phones from being unanswered during crisis by utilizing our answering service.
    • E-Mail Read & Response – Agents ca read and respond to your e-mail in a prompt and professional manner using your templates or scripted guidance.
    • Help Desk – Utilizing the information you provide, agents will answer your line and help the caller get the right information for their questions or concerns.
    • Insurance – Professional Agents will answer your line and collect the claims information you require.
    • Marketing Collateral Request Service – Professional agents will answer your line and record the name and address of the caller requesting your catalog, literature, or other information.
    • Medical Answering – Courteous Agents will provide answering for doctors, clinics, and hospitals. HIPAA compliant.
    • Order Entry – Professional agents can take orders for your products and services.
    • Overflow – Outsource your office phones to relieve overburdening your in-house resources.
    • Property Management Services – Agents can handle property inquiries and maintenance dispatching 24/7.
    • Scheduling – Agents will answer your line and schedule appointments and/or provide reminder follow-up calls. Agents can answer your line to schedule your seminar, class, conference, or event.

    These packages can be purchased by contact us through our website or calling 702.943.0315

    State of Missouri

    Missouri is a U.S. state located in the Midwestern United States. Missouri is the 21st most extensive and the 18th most populous of the 50 United States. Missouri comprises 114 counties and the independent city of St. Louis.
    The four largest urban areas are St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, and Columbia. Missouri’s capital is Jefferson City. The land that is now Missouri was acquired from France as part of the Louisiana Purchase and became known as the Missouri Territory. Part of the Territory was admitted into the union as the 24th state on August 10, 1821.
    Missouri’s geography is highly varied. The northern part of the state lies in dissected till plains while the southern part lies in the Ozark Mountains (a dissected plateau), with the Missouri River dividing the two. The state lies at the intersection of the three greatest rivers of North America, with the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers near St. Louis, and the confluence of the Ohio River with the Mississippi north of the Bootheel. The starting points of the Pony Express Trail and Oregon Trail were both in Missouri. The mean center of United States population as of the 2010 Census is at the town of Plato in Texas County, Missouri.
    Ethnically, the majority of Missourians are of German descent. The state also has a sizeable population of African Americans. Although the French were the original European settlers in the area, their descendants have largely been assimilated into the “Anglo” group and only a small percentage consider themselves part of a French ethnic group. This makes it difficult to assess the actual number of French descendants among the white population.

    he state is named for the Missouri River, which was named after the indigenous Missouri Indians, a Siouan-language tribe. They were called the ouemessourita (wimihsoorita), meaning “those who have dugout canoes”, by the Miami-Illinois language speakers. As the Illini were the first natives encountered by Europeans in the region, the latter adopted the Illini name for the Missouri people.

    Geography

    Missouri borders eight different states, as does its neighbor, Tennessee. No state in the U.S. touches more than eight states. Missouri is bounded on the north by Iowa; on the east, across the Mississippi River, by Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee; on the south by Arkansas; and on the west by Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska (the last across the Missouri River). The two largest Missouri rivers are the Mississippi, which defines the eastern boundary of the state, and the Missouri River, which flows from west to east through the state, essentially connecting the two largest metros, Kansas City and St. Louis.
    Although today the state is usually considered part of the Midwest, historically Missouri was considered by many to be a Southern state, chiefly because of the settlement of migrants from the South and its status as a slave state before the Civil War. The counties that made up “Little Dixie” were those along the Missouri River in the center of the state, settled by Southern migrants who held the greatest concentration of slaves.
    In 2005, Missouri received 16,695,000 visitors to its national parks and other recreational areas totaling 202,000 acres (820 km2), giving it $7.41 million in annual revenues, 26.6% of its operating expenditures.

    Topography

    North of, and in some cases just south of, the Missouri River lie the Northern Plains that stretch into Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas. Here, gentle rolling hills remain from the glaciation that once extended from the Canadian Shield to the Missouri River. Missouri has many large river bluffs along the Mississippi, Missouri, and Meramec rivers. Southern Missouri rises to the Ozark Mountains, a dissected plateau surrounding the Precambrian igneous St. Francois Mountains. This region also hosts karst topography characterized by high limestone content with the formation of sinkholes and caves.
    The southeastern part of the state is the Bootheel region, part of the Mississippi Alluvial Plain or Mississippi embayment. This region is the lowest, flattest, and wettest part of the state. It is also among the poorest, as the economy is mostly agricultural. It is also the most fertile, with cotton and rice crops predominant. The Bootheel was the epicenter of the four New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-1812.

    Climate

    Missouri generally has a humid continental climate (Koppen climate classification Dfa) with cold winters and hot and humid summers. In the southern part of the state, particularly in the Bootheel, the climate turns into a humid subtropical climate (Koppen Cfa). Located in the interior United States, Missouri often experiences extremes in temperatures. Without high mountains or oceans nearby to moderate temperature, its climate is alternately influenced by air from the cold Arctic and the hot and humid Gulf of Mexico. Missouri’s highest recorded temperature is 118 °F (48 °C) at Warsaw and Union on July 14, 1954 while the lowest recorded temperature is -40 °F (-40 °C) also at Warsaw on February 13, 1905.
    Missouri also receives extreme weather in the form of thunderstorms and tornadoes. The most recent EF5 tornado in the state to cause damage and casualties was the 2011 Joplin tornado, which destroyed roughly 1/3 of the city of Joplin. The tornado caused an estimated $1-3 billion dollars in damages, killed 159 (+1 non-tornadic), and injured over 1,000 people. The tornado was the first EF5 to hit the state since 1957. The tornado was the deadliest in the U.S. since 1947, making it the 7th deadliest tornado in American history, but the 27th deadliest in the world.

    History

    Indigenous peoples inhabited Missouri for thousands of years before European exploration and settlement. Archaeological excavations along the rivers have shown continuous habitation for more than 7,000 years. Beginning before 1000 CE, there arose the complex Mississippian culture, whose people created regional political centers at present-day St. Louis and across the Mississippi River at Cahokia, near present-day Collinsville, Illinois. Their large cities included thousands of individual residences, but they are known for their surviving massive earthwork mounds, built for religious, political and social reasons, in platform, ridgetop and conical shapes. Cahokia was the center of a regional trading network that reached from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. The civilization declined by 1400 CE, and most descendants left the area long before the arrival of Europeans. St. Louis was at one time known as Mound City by the European Americans, because of the numerous surviving prehistoric mounds, since lost to urban development. The Mississippian culture left mounds throughout the middle Mississippi and Ohio river valleys, extending into the southeast as well as the upper river.
    The first European settlers were mostly ethnic French Canadians, who created their first settlement in Missouri at present-day Sainte-Genevieve, about an hour south of St. Louis. They had migrated about 1750 from the Illinois Country. They came from colonial villages on the east side of the Mississippi River, where soils were becoming exhausted and there was insufficient river bottom land for the growing population. Sainte-Genevieve became a thriving agricultural center, producing enough surplus wheat, corn and tobacco to ship tons of grain annually downriver to Lower Louisiana for trade. Grain production in the Illinois Country was critical to the survival of Lower Louisiana and especially the city of New Orleans.
    St. Louis was founded soon after by French from New Orleans in 1764. From 1764 to 1803 European control of the area west of the Mississippi to the northernmost part of the Missouri River basin, called Louisiana, was assumed by the Spanish as part of the Viceroyalty of New Spain, due to Treaty of Fontainebleau (in order to have Spain join with France in the war against England). The arrival of the Spanish in St. Louis was in September 1767.
    It became the center of a regional fur trade with Native American tribes that extended up the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, which dominated the regional economy for decades. Trading partners of major firms shipped their furs from St. Louis by river down to New Orleans for export to Europe. They provided a variety of goods to traders, for sale and trade with their Native American clients. The fur trade and associated businesses made St. Louis an early financial center and provided the wealth for some to build fine houses and import luxury items. Its location near the confluence of the Illinois River meant it also handled produce from the agricultural areas. River traffic and trade along the Mississippi were integral to the state’s economy, and as the area’s first major city, St. Louis expanded greatly after the invention of the steamboat and the increased river trade.
    Napoleon Bonaparte had gained Louisiana for French ownership from Spain in 1800 under the Treaty of San Ildefonso, after it had been a Spanish colony since 1762. But, the treaty was kept secret. Louisiana remained nominally under Spanish control until a transfer of power to France on November 30, 1803, just three weeks before the cession to the United States.
    Part of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase by the United States, Missouri earned the nickname “Gateway to the West” because it served as a major departure point for expeditions and settlers heading to the West in the 19th century. St. Charles, just west of St. Louis, was the starting point and the return destination of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, which departed up the Missouri River in 1804 to explore the western territories to the Pacific Ocean. St. Louis was a major supply point for decades for parties of settlers heading west.
    As many of the early American settlers in western Missouri migrated from the Upper South, they brought enslaved African Americans for labor, and a desire to continue their culture and the institution of slavery. They settled predominantly in 17 counties along the Missouri River, in an area of flatlands that enabled plantation agriculture and became known as “Little Dixie”. In 1821 the territory was admitted as a slave state in 1821 as part of the Missouri Compromise with a temporary state capitol in St. Charles. In 1826 the capital was shifted to its permanent location of Jefferson City, also on the Missouri.
    The state was rocked by the 1812 New Madrid earthquake. Casualties were light due to the sparse population.
    Originally the state’s western border was a straight line, defined as the meridian passing through the Kawsmouth, the point where the Kansas River enters the Missouri River. The river has moved since this designation. This line is known as the Osage Boundary. In 1835 the Platte Purchase was added to the northwest corner of the state after purchase of the land from the native tribes, making the Missouri River the border north of the Kansas River. This addition increased the land area of what was already the largest state in the Union at the time (about 66,500 square miles (172,000 km2) to Virginia’s 65,000 square miles, which then included West Virginia).
    In the early 1830s, Mormon migrants from northern states and Canada began settling near Independence and areas just north of there. Conflicts over religion and slavery arose between the ‘old settlers’ (mainly from the South) and the Mormons (mainly from the North). The Mormon War erupted in 1838. By 1839, with the help of an “Extermination Order” by Governor Lilburn Boggs, the old settlers forcefully expelled the Mormons from Missouri and confiscated their lands.
    Conflicts over slavery exacerbated border tensions among the states and territories. From 1838 to 1839, a border dispute with Iowa over the so-called Honey Lands resulted in both states’ calling up militias along the border.
    With increasing migration, from the 1830s to the 1860s Missouri’s population almost doubled with every decade. Most of the newcomers were American-born, but many Irish and German immigrants arrived in the late 1840s and 1850s. As they were mostly Catholic, they mostly set up their own religious institutions in the state, which had been mostly Protestant. Having fled famine and oppression in Ireland, and revolutionary upheaval in Germany, the immigrants were not sympathetic to slavery. Many settled in cities, where they created a regional and then state network of Catholic churches and schools. Nineteenth-century German immigrants created the wine industry along the Missouri River and the beer industry in St. Louis.
    Most Missouri farmers practiced subsistence farming before the Civil War. The majority of those who held slaves had fewer than five each. Planters, defined by historians as those holding twenty slaves or more, were concentrated in the counties known as “Little Dixie”, in the central part of the state along the Missouri River. The tensions over slavery had chiefly to do with the future of the state and nation. In 1860 enslaved African Americans made up less than 10% of the state’s population of 1,182,012. In order to control the flooding of farmland and low-lying villages along the Mississippi, the state had completed construction of 140 miles (230 km) of levees along the river by 1860.

    American Civil War

    After the secession of Southern states began in 1861, the Missouri legislature called for the election of a special convention on secession. The convention voted decisively to remain within the Union. Pro-Southern Governor Claiborne F. Jackson ordered the mobilization of several hundred members of the state militia who had gathered in a camp in St. Louis for training. Alarmed at this action, Union General Nathaniel Lyon struck first, encircling the camp and forcing the state troops to surrender. Lyon directed his soldiers, largely non-English-speaking German immigrants, to march the prisoners through the streets, and they opened fire on the largely hostile crowds of civilians who gathered around them. Soldiers killed unarmed prisoners as well as men, women and children of St. Louis in the incident that became known as the “St. Louis Massacre”.
    These events heightened Confederate support within the state. Governor Jackson appointed Sterling Price, president of the convention on secession, as head of the new Missouri State Guard. In the face of Union General Lyon’s rapid advance through the state, Jackson and Price were forced to flee the capital of Jefferson City on June 14, 1861. In the town of Neosho, Missouri, Jackson called the state legislature into session. They enacted a secession ordinance. However, even under the Southern view of secession, only the state convention had the power to secede. Since the convention was dominated by unionists, and the state was more pro-Union than pro-Confederate in any event, the ordinance of secession adopted by the legislature is generally given little credence. The Confederacy nonetheless recognized it on October 30, 1861.
    With the elected governor absent from the capital and the legislators largely dispersed, the state convention was reassembled with most of its members present, save 20 that fled south with Jackson’s forces. The convention declared all offices vacant, and installed Hamilton Gamble as the new governor of Missouri. President Lincoln’s administration immediately recognized Gamble’s government as the legal Missouri government. The federal government’s decision enabled raising pro-Union militia forces for service within the state as well as volunteer regiments for the Union Army.
    Fighting ensued between Union forces and a combined army of General Price’s Missouri State Guard and Confederate troops from Arkansas and Texas under General Ben McCulloch. After winning victories at the battle of Wilson’s Creek and the siege of Lexington, Missouri and suffering losses elsewhere, the Confederate forces retreated to Arkansas and later Marshall, Texas, in the face of a largely reinforced Union Army.
    Though regular Confederate troops staged some large-scale raids into Missouri, the fighting in the state for the next three years consisted chiefly of guerrilla warfare. “Citizen soldiers” or insurgents such as Colonel William Quantrill, Frank and Jesse James, the Younger brothers, and William T. Anderson made use of quick, small-unit tactics. Pioneered by the Missouri Partisan Rangers, such insurgencies also arose in portions of the Confederacy occupied by the Union during the Civil War. Recently historians have assessed the James brothers’ outlaw years as continuing guerrilla warfare after the official war was over. The activities of the Bald Knobbers of south-central Missouri in the 1880s has also been seen as an unofficial continuation of insurgent hostilities long after the official end of the war.

    20th century to present

    Between the Civil War and the end of World War II, Missouri transitioned from a rural economy to a hybrid industrial-service-agricultural economy as the Midwest rapidly industrialized. The expansion of railroads to the West transformed Kansas City into a major transportation hub within the nation. The growth of the Texas cattle industry along with this increased rail infrastructure and the invention of the refrigerated boxcar also made Kansas City a major meatpacking center, as large cattle drives from Texas brought herds of cattle to Dodge City and other Kansas towns; there the cattle were loaded onto trains destined for Kansas City, where they were butchered and distributed to the eastern markets. The first half of the twentieth century was the height of Kansas City’s prominence and its downtown became a showcase for stylish Art Deco skyscrapers as construction boomed.
    In 1930, there was a diphtheria epidemic in the area around Springfield, which killed approximately 100 people. Serum was rushed to the area, and medical personnel stopped the epidemic.
    During the mid-1950s and 1960s, St. Louis and Kansas City suffered deindustrialization and loss of jobs in railroads and manufacturing, as did other Midwestern industrial cities. In 1956 St. Charles was the site of the first interstate highway project. Such highway construction made it easy for middle-class residents to leave the city for newer housing developed in the suburbs, often former farmland where land was available at lower prices. These major cities have gone through decades of readjustment to develop different economies and adjust to demographic changes. Suburban areas have developed separate job markets, both in knowledge industries and services, such as major retail malls.

    Economy

    The Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates that Missouri’s total state product in 2006 was $225.9 billion. Per capita personal income in 2006 was $32,705, ranking 26th in the nation. Major industries include aerospace, transportation equipment, food processing, chemicals, printing/publishing, electrical equipment, light manufacturing, and beer.
    The agriculture products of the state are beef, soybeans, pork, dairy products, hay, corn, poultry, sorghum, cotton, rice, and eggs. Missouri is ranked 6th in the nation for the production of hogs and 7th for cattle. Missouri is ranked in the top five states in the nation for production of soy beans, and it is ranked fifth in the nation for the production of rice. As of 2001, there were 108,000 farms, the second-largest number in any state after Texas. Missouri actively promotes its rapidly growing wine industry.
    Missouri has vast quantities of limestone. Other resources mined are lead, coal, and crushed stone. Missouri produces the most lead of all of the states. Most of the lead mines are in the central eastern portion of the state. Missouri also ranks first or near first in the production of lime, a key ingredient in Portland cement.
    Missouri also has a growing science and biotechnology field. Monsanto, one of the largest gene companies in America is based in St.Louis, Missouri
    Tourism, services and wholesale/retail trade follow manufacturing in importance.
    Missouri is the only state in the Union to have two Federal Reserve Banks: one in Kansas City (serving western Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Colorado, northern New Mexico, and Wyoming) and one in St. Louis (serving eastern Missouri, southern Illinois, southern Indiana, western Kentucky, western Tennessee, northern Mississippi, and all of Arkansas).
    As of May 2012, the state’s unemployment rate is 7.3%, while the nation overall is 8.2%.

    Taxation

    Personal income is taxed in ten different earning brackets, ranging from 1.5% to 6.0%. Missouri’s sales tax rate for most items is 4.225%; additional local levies may apply. More than 2,500 Missouri local governments rely on property taxes levied on real property (real estate) and personal property.
    Most personal property is exempt, except for motorized vehicles. Exempt real estate includes property owned by governments and property used as nonprofit cemeteries, exclusively for religious worship, for schools and colleges and for purely charitable purposes. There is no inheritance tax and limited Missouri estate tax related to federal estate tax collection.

    Energy

    Missouri has the potential to generate 689,519 GWh/year from 274,000 MW of wind power, and 5,382,000 GWh/year from solar power using 3,188,000 MW of photovoltaics (PV), including 13,081 MW of rooftop photovoltaics.