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Independence, Missouri

From rugged frontier trails bound for fortune in the west to opulent Victorian mansions buit for 19th century entrepeneurs. From infamous outlaws to hometown hero Harry S. Truman. From bloody border battles of the Civil War to the inspiring heritage of world-renowned religiouns that call Independence "Zion". Independence is a time capsule of American dreams and American adventure. Enjoy our sixteen heritage sites as well as wonderful shopping, great restaurants, numerous hotels, motels and charming B & Bs. Come visit historic Independence, a true American Original.

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Harry S. Truman Courtroom and Office

Restored office courtroom used by Truman while gresiding judge of county court in 1930s. Sound and light show, "The Man from Independence," on Truman'

Independence, MO Museums

Mormon Visitors Center

Learn about the key roles Mormons played in the early and tempestuous history of Independence. See rare artifacts, exhibits and artwork documenting the history and belief of the Saints. Of particular note is a two story mural entitled "The Second Coming of Jesus Christ."

Independence, MO Museums

Pioneer Spring Cabin

Austere two-room cabin offers a look at life in the 1800

Independence, MO Museums

Cool Crest Family Fun Center

The 7,000 sq. ft. arcade features video games and more for the whole family. Four beautiful 18

Independence, MO Recreation

Vaile Victorian Mansion

Recognized as one of the finest examples of Victorian architecture in the US, this opulent 1881 estate boasted coveniences such as flushing toilets, a built in 6,000 gallon water tank and a 48,000 gallon wine celler. This 31-room mansion includes 9

Independence, MO Museums

Things to do near Independence, MO

Wentworth Military Academy

Wentworth Military Academy, founded in 1880, is one of the nation's oldest and most respected military schools. The cadets co...

Smithville Lake Fishing Report

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT ACCURATE FISHING REPORTS: This is just to remind you that fishing reports are given with the best inten...

Leila's Hair Museum

The only museum of its kind in the world. Leila's Hair Museum is devoted to a Victorian art form that died out in the early 1...

Guy B. Park Conservation Area

380 acres includes a 17-acre fishing lake. It is ideal for hiking, hunting, or wildlife viewing....

Burr Oak Woods Nature Center

Nature Center, natural animal habitat, five hiking trails, 3,000-gallon aquarium, two picnic pavilions, wildlife viewing room...