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Missouri airport
Missouri airport

Missouri’s two major cities, St. Louis and Kansas City, are its principal centers of transportation and trade. Both were commercial centers by the time of the Civil War, when the Mississippi River and its tributaries were the principal transportation routes of the central United States. Later the two cities became the major railroad and highway centers for the state.

Highways


Missouri has 207,802 km (129,122 mi) of public highways, which ranks it sixth among the states. These roads, which include 1,901 km (1,181 mi) of national interstate highways, enable Missouri and its principal cities to continue playing their historic role as links between the East, West, and Southwest.

St. Louis is the focal point for river transportation and is the nation’s largest inland riverport. The Missouri River has a channel 2.3 m (7.5 ft) deep throughout most of its length, while the Mississippi can be used by riverboats drawing 2.7 m (9 ft).

Many of the country’s largest railroads serve Missouri, and haul principally food products, farm products, and transportation equipment. Railroad track in the state totals 6,634 km (4,122 mi).

Missouri airport


The chief airports in the state are in St. Louis in the east and Kansas City in the west. St. Louis was the country’s tenth busiest airport in the mid-1990s and acts as a transportation hub for much of the surrounding region. Missouri has 10 airports, most of them private airfields.

Electricity


Of the electricity generated in Missouri in 2006, 89 percent came from steam-driven power plants principally burning coal, 11 percent came from a nuclear power plant, and 1 percent came from hydroelectric power plants. The state’s only nuclear power plant, located near Fulton, began operation in 1984. Among the best known of the hydroelectric plants is Bagnell Dam, built on the Osage River in 1931. It supplies electricity to the St. Louis area. St. Louis also obtains hydroelectric power from the Keokuk, Iowa, and the Taum Sauk dams. "Missouri" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia

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