Nat'l Frontier Trails Ctr: Santa Fe
Exhibit features wagon like those used on Santa Fe Trail with many of the goods transported from Independence and Kansas City to Santa Fe. Also shown is a portion of the Santa Fe town square market mural by Charles Goslin.
Not a Suburb of Kansas City
Independence is rightly proud of its "favorite son" Harry Truman, who lived not far from the Courthouse Square most of his adult life, and whose Presidential Library is one of the chief attractions here. Independence was founded not long after Missouri statehood, in 1832, and is actually older than its larger neighbor, Kansas City. Don't make the mistake of calling Independence a suburb of Kansas City: it has an identity of its own, and is still the official Jackson County seat.
"Seat of Jackson County (as in Andrew)"
Independence - and Jackson County - is fertile ground for the kind of egalitarian democracy espoused by the hero of the Battle of New Orleans. Hard-headed, blunt, stubborn, and independent - the qualities which justify the nickname of Missouri as the "Show-Me State"