In addition, Missouri's people affect much more than our state alone. Great entertainers like Ginger Rogers, Walt Disney, and Emmett Kelly called Missouri their home. Literary figures like Laura Ingalls Wilder and Mark Twain lived here. Then there are numerous politicians, explorers, pioneers, and entrepreneurs who built what we call Missouri today. In one area of the capitol, these many of these people are honored with busts, including the one of Emmett Kelly, the sad clown. This one, when photographed with a flash, shows him with makeup, while with the naked eye, the makeup is not visible.
Lest we leave out more recent history, the U.S.S. Missouri, now dry-docked in Pearl Harbor, is modeled in 500 pounds of metalwork at the eastern entrance. This is the ship (the real one, not the model) where the Japanese signed their surrender during World War II. The bell of the ship also there, along with a huge punch bowl which resides in the nearby Governor's Mansion.