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Land Area Ranked 21st

• Total 69,715 sq mi (180,560 km2)
• Land 68,886 sq mi (179,015 km2)
• Length 300 mi (480 km)
• Width 241 mi (390 km)
• Latitude 36° 0′ N to 40° 37′ N
• Longitude 89° 6′ W to 95° 46′ W

Before statehood Missouri Territory

Admitted to the Union August 10, 1821 (24th)

Metes and Bounds

Beginning in the middle of the Mississippi River, on the parallel of thirty-six degrees of north latitude; thence west, along that parallel of atitude, to the St. Francis River; thence up and following the course of that river, in the middle of the main channel thereof, to the parallel of latitude thirty-six degrees and thirty minutes; thence west along the same to a point where the said parallel is intersected by a meridian line passing through the middle of the mouth of the Kansas River, where the same empties into the Missouri River; thence from the point aforesaid, north, along the said meridian line, to the intersection of the parallel of latitude which passes through the rapids of the river Des Moines, making the said line to correspond with the Indian boundary line; thence east from the point of intersection last aforesaid, along the said parallel of latitude, to the middle of the channel of the main fork of the said river Des Moines; thence down and along the middle of the main channel of the said river Des Moines, to the mouth of the same, where it empties into the Mississippi River; thence due east to the middle of the main channel of the Mississippi River; thence down and following the course of the Mississippi River, in the middle of the main channel thereof, to the place of beginning.

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