Missouri January 20, 2018
This Missouri Town Is One Of The Most Important Places in American History
When most people think about historic Missouri towns, they think of the small towns across the state located along the river or railroad tracks. However, Missouri’s fifth largest town might just be one of Missouri’s most historic. Take a trip to the west side of the state and visit
Independence for an awesome and educational experience that every Missourian should have!
Independence is easily one of the most historic places in the Show Me State. You may know a little bit about Independence from your history books but there is so much more to discover.
Former President Harry S. Truman was raised in Independence and returned to live in his home at 219 North Delaware Street after his two terms. The home is now part of the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site. President Truman's library and gravesite can also be found within the city limits.
Many other historic buildings around town have ties to President Truman. Overall, there are over 20 structures on the National Register of Historic Places in the city.
Independence is probably best known as the start of the Oregon Trail. Many people don't realize that the Santa Fe and California Trails also started from Independence. Missouri truly was the gateway to the west.
The city's frontier heritage is often celebrated with festivals, demonstrations, tours, and educational activities. The largest event is the Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival which is held every year over Labor Day weekend. This festival celebrates the origins of these trails and provides tons of family fun!
There is also a rich train history in the town. This beautiful depot is the only remaining two-story train depot left in Missouri. During warmer months visitors can tour the facility and learn about the Chicago & Alton Railway.
Rising above the city is the stunning Community of Christ Temple. Independence has a rich religious heritage and you can find many different religions represented. However, the town is particularly important in the Latter Day Saint movement, today many notable religious sites can be visited in town.
No trip to Independence would be complete without visiting the Vaile Victorian Mansion. The three story Gothic-style mansion was built by Colonel and Mrs. Harvey Vaile in 188. The mansion is open for tours daily from April through October and again for the Christmas holiday.
Independence has been the setting for some of the most important events in American history. With a trip to Independence your family will have fun and learn something too!
Have you visited Independence? What was your favorite attraction? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.