City of Independence

Just a step outside Kansas City sits Independence, Missouri, a place where heartland heritage still beats strong. From life-changing barbecue and brews to vibrant shops and legendary history, your Independence story is about to unfold.

The exterior of the historic Vaile Mansion in Independence, Missouri
Walk through the magnificent Vaile Mansion, built in 1881.

Uncover a storied past

History lies around every corner in Independence. Tour a genuine Victorian home, the reportedly haunted Vaile Mansion. Relive the struggles and triumphs of the Oregon, Santa Fe and California trails as you ride in a covered wagon tour. Then, take a journey through your own past at the Midwest Genealogy Center, the nation’s largest public family-history library.

People riding in a covered wagon on a Pioneer Trails Adventures tour in Independence, Missouri
Climb aboard a covered wagon for a tour of Independence’s history.

Discover an ever-changing future

A well-known past Independence resident, former President Harry S. Truman lived most of his life here and once worked at a drugstore—now an authentic soda fountain—on the Historic Independence Square. His contributions to our country live on at historic sites such as the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum, Harry S. Truman Home and Historic Truman Courthouse. Established in 1937, the Truman Library is home to 15 million pages of manuscript materials and plenty more artifacts that paint a picture of Truman’s legacy. In late 2020, the museum will reopen after a $30 million renovation, featuring reimagined exhibits and a brand-new entrance and lobby.

Round out your getaway with eclectic shopping, original dining and local beer on the Square. For a dose of the great outdoors, experience acres of forested hiking trails and lakes at George Owens Nature Park. Peruse diverse works of art and stroll through galleries in the Englewood Station Arts District.

With so many sights, bites and delights to enjoy, Independence welcomes you to start writing your story.

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