Missouri tried to copy Mississippi but didn't have enough "s"s. Missouri was admitted as a slave state in 1820 but stayed neutral during the Civil War. The name sounds a lot like "misery", which is apt since Poverty is increasing frighteningly fast in Missouri. Many Missouri residents can't afford health insurance (Obamacare will help here). Manufacturing industry is in decline. Conservative politicians are busy cutting Taxes for Rich people. 
At least there still is Corn.