An Early History of Independence, MO

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What do you know about Independence? The child sexual abuse lawyers of Independence are here to help you learn about the history of the city and more. Discover some of its many features.

Summary of Independence

Independence is a city in and the seat of Jackson County, Missouri. It is a satellite city of Kansas City, the fifth-largest city in the state, and the largest suburb on the Missouri side of the Kansas City metropolitan area. Considered the "Queen City of the Trails," it was a point of departure for the Oregon, California and Santa Fe Trails. Before European settlement, the area was inhabited by Missouri and Osage Indians. Then, it was settled by the Spanish and the French before it became part of the U.S. after the Louisiana Purchase of 1803.

Independence was officially founded on March 29, 1827. Named after the Declaration of Independence, it became an important frontier town and a jumping-off point for the emerging fur trade. In 1831, the Latter Day Saint movement's members began to relocate to the Jackson County area. Founder Joseph Smith designated a spot to the west of the Courthouse Square as the place for his prophesied temple of the New Jerusalem. In 1833, the Latter Day Saints were run out of the area, thus leading to the 1838 Mormon War.

Between 1848 and 1868, Independence was the hub of the California Trail. On March 8, 1949, the town was granted a home-rule charter status by the Missouri General Assembly. In the mid-1800s, it was declared as the beginning point of the Oregon Trail by an Act of the United States Congress.  During the American Civil. War, two battles were fought in the town. In the aftermath of the war, Independence never regained its prosperity. As of the 2020 census, the city has a population of 123,011 people and a total area of 78.25 square miles.

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Harry S. Truman National Historic Site

Former President Harry S. Truman and the former First Lady Bess Truman, his wife, were natives of Independence. As a way to preserve this history, the Harry S Truman National Historic Site was established on May 23, 1983. The site includes:

  • The Truman Home in Independence
  • The Truman Farm Home in Grandview
  • The Noland home of Truman's cousins
  • The George and Frank Wallace homes of Bess Truman's brothers

The family home in Independence is the historic site's centerpiece. Located on North Delaware Street, it was built by Bess Truman's maternal grandfather, George Porterfield Gates, from 1867 to 1885. After marrying Bess in 1919, the home came Harry S. Truman's residence until his death in 1972. When Bess died in 1982, she gave the property to the National Park Services who still manages it today.

Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum

The Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum was the first presidential library to be established under the 1955 Presidential Libraries Act. Situated on U.S. Route 24, it is among one of the only 13 presidential libraries managed by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). It was constructed on land donated by the City of Independence and overlooked the Kansas City skyline. On July 6, 1957, it was dedicated. The library served as former President Truman's office after he left the White House. The museum is also the resting place for former President Harry S. Truman, his wife Bess and their daughter Margaret.

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