What Is the Capital of Missouri?


Quick Answer

Jefferson City, named after President Thomas Jefferson, has been Missouri's capital since 1821. The city extends through both Cole County and Callaway County and is located in central Missouri, between St. Louis and Kansas City.

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Originally, the area was called Loughman's Landing, but when government officials decided to make it the capital, the name was changed to Jefferson City. "Missouriopolis" was one of the names first considered. The city was designed by Daniel Boone's son, Daniel Morgan Boone.

For years, the city was unpopular, and some tried to get the capital moved. Later, steamboat travel on the Missouri River and coach travel through the city encouraged growth. In the 1830s, an influx of German immigrant farmers settled in the area and began planting vineyards, creating the beginnings of the Missouri Rhineland.

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