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Independence

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Independence is the fifth-largest city in the state of Missouri. It lies within Jackson County, of which it is the county seat. Independence is a satellite city of Kansas City, Missouri, and is part of the Kansas City metropolitan area. In 2010, it had a total population of 116,830.Independence is known as the "Queen City of the Trails" because it was a point of departure for the California, Oregon, and Santa Fe Trails. Independence was also the hometown of U.S. President Harry S. Truman; the Truman Presidential Library and Museum is located in the city, and Truman and First Lady Bess Truman are buried here. The city is also sacred to many Latter Day Saints, with Joseph Smith's 1831 Temple Lot being located here, as well as the headquarters of several Latter Day Saint factions.HistoryIndependence was originally inhabited by Missouri and Osage Indians, followed by the Spanish and a brief French tenure. It became part of the United States with the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. Lewis and Clark recorded in their journals that they stopped in 1804 to pick plums, raspberries, and wild apples at a site that would later form part of the city.
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Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate ©
Historic Site
Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum ©
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Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
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Duration: 2 hours
Harry S Truman National Historic Site ©
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Harry S Truman National Historic Site
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Duration: 2 hours
Independence Square ©
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Independence Square
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Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Independence

Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area ©
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Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area Blue Springs
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Paradise Park ©
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Paradise Park Lee's Summit
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Hidden gems in Independence

Little Blue Trace Trail
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Little Blue Trace Trail
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Fleming Park ©
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Fleming Park
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Duration: 2 hours
Leila's Hair Museum ©
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Leila's Hair Museum
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Waterfall Park ©
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Waterfall Park
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Independence

Jail, Marshal's Home & Museum ©
Historic Site
Jail, Marshal's Home & Museum
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Church of Christ - Temple Lot ©
Church
Church of Christ - Temple Lot
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
The Stone Church ©
Religious Site
The Stone Church
4.3
Duration: 30 minutes

Museums in Independence

National Frontier Trails Museum ©
History Museum
National Frontier Trails Museum
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
1879 Chicago & Alton RR Depot ©
Specialty Museum
1879 Chicago & Alton RR Depot
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Theme Parks in Independence

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Adventure Oasis Water Park
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Duration: 2 hours

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