"Home of Harry S. Truman" Independence by shdw100

Independence Travel Guide: 54 reviews and 134 photos

Independence is a separate city from Kansas City, but many people consider it to be just an extension of the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. Independence has been around since 1827, making it one of the oldest settlements west of the Mississippi. It has a long history as being the place where the trails to the west started, namely the Oregon and the Santa Fe. Missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormons) arrived here, although because of religious persecution, were eventually driven from the state. Independence was involved in the Civil War, as Missouri was a swing state, with both the Union and Confederacy wanting it for it's own. The 33rd President of the United States, Harry S. Truman, resided here as well. The city is rich in history, a great place to explore for a day

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  • Pros:Many different things to do in one day.
  • In a nutshell:Great place to learn about early frontier history
  • Intro Written Dec 11, 2003
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  • yooperprof's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2004 at 8:26 PM

    Beautiful nighttime pic of the "shell temple". It's odd: Independence is older than K.C., and to me it still feels like a separate place.

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2004 at 11:16 AM

    the intro pic is just wonderful, and I learnt something today...again!! thanx Dave I enjoyed that

  • margaretvn's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2004 at 7:13 AM

    would like to wander through downtown.

  • nepalgoods's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2003 at 11:13 PM

    Interesting tips!

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    Dec 12, 2003 at 12:05 PM

    I expected to see photos of Harry ate here.....Harry slept here...etc...hahaha What a nice historical place!


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