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Liberty is a city in Clay County, Missouri and is a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri, located in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 United States Census the population was 29,149. Liberty is the county seat of Clay County. Liberty is home to William Jewell College.HistoryLiberty was settled in 1822, and shortly later became the county seat of Clay County. The city was named for the American concept of liberty.In 1830, David Rice Atchison established a law office in Liberty. He was joined three years later by colleague Alexander William Doniphan. The two argued cases defending the rights of Mormon settlers in Jackson County, served Northwest Missouri in Missouri's General Assembly, and labored for the addition of the Platte Purchase to Missouri's boundaries.In October 1838, the two were ordered by Governor Lilburn Boggs to arrest Mormon prophet Joseph Smith Jr. at the Far West settlement in Caldwell County. Immediately after the conclusion of the Mormon War, Smith and other Mormon leaders were incarcerated at the Liberty Jail for the winter as Doniphan labored for a quicker trial date. Although Doniphan led a force of Missouri volunteers ordered to capture the leaders, he defended Joseph Smith in trial and won him a change in venue. While en route to their new venue, Smith and his followers escaped and left Missouri for the new Mormon settlement in Nauvoo, Illinois.
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Popular things to do in Liberty

Liberty Jail Historic Site ©
Historic Site
Liberty Jail Historic Site
Duration: 2 hours
Serenity on the Square ©
Serenity on the Square
Duration: 1h 30 min
Historic Downtown Liberty ©
Historic Downtown Liberty
Duration: 2 hours
Belvoir Winery ©
Winery / Vineyard
Belvoir Winery
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Liberty

Holladay Distillery ©
Holladay Distillery Weston
Duration: 1h 30 min
Missouri Star Quilt Company ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Missouri Star Quilt Company Hamilton
Duration: 4 hours
Pony Express Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Pony Express Museum Saint Joseph
Duration: 2 hours

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