Independence, Kansas

Independence, Kansas

Communities are simply a reflection of the citizens who live there. In Independence, Kansas that vision reflects a fierce pride for a colorful past and a sincere determination to preserve it while continually forging ahead. Citizens of Independence don't just "reside" here... they "live" here. And that takes a good amount of dedication and involvement... a commitment to its success.

In August, 1869, a small band of men left the city of Oswego, Kansas, hoping to find a favorable spot and become founders of a city. Their southwesterly course led them to the Verdigris River Valley.

The first stop occurred at Montgomery City, in Drum Creek Township, but they failed to obtain satisfactory arrangements with the Town Company that was already there. Determined to build a city that should bear in its name the spirit that prompted its establishment, Independence was founded. A post office was established in Independence July 1, 1870. In accordance with a proclamation issued by the Probate Judge, Independence became incorporated as a village on July 23,1870.

Legend has it that Independence, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, had more millionaires per capita than any place else in the United states. Standing as testimony to that legend are the stately mansions still scattered throughout the city. The five story former ARCO building at 200 ARCO Place, now the home to various businesses and state offices, still stands as a monument to the entrepreneurial spirit that not only produced the oil and gas industries, but also helped shape the future of Independence.

We're proud to be the hometown of Academy Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright William Inge; cable TV newsman/producer Bill Kurtis; Vivian Vance of "I Love Lucy" fame; Miss Able, the first monkey in space; Martin Johnson, world explorer; Harry Sinclair, founder of Sinclair Oil; and Alf Landon, 1936 presidential candidate. Others who called Independence home include Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House books; and Tom Mix and Louise Brooks of silent movie fame.

We invite you to enjoy the abundance of history, culture, and recreation that is uniquely ours. We're sure you will "Catch the Spirit of Independence."


Attractions near Independence, Kansas

Indian Hills Golf Course

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Loomis Home

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El Dorado Lake Fishing Report

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World's Largest Souvenir Travel Plate

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Old Schoolhouse/Residence

Lyndon's first school was located in the home on Madison Street shortly after Lyndon was founded in 1870. The house continued...

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