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    Theological thought continued to develop throughout Joseph Smith, Jr.'s, life as did the particular role played by temples with regards to those beliefs. Two temples were constructed during Smith's life - Kirtland and Ohio and while looking outwardly similar, inside two different games were at hand. The Community of Christ temple is closer in...


    Known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS) until 2001, the 200-250,000 strong Community of Christ faithful live in 50 different nations with slightly over half coming from the U.S.. The Church dates to 1860 when disparate Mormon groups which had stayed behind when the bulk left with Brigham Young in 1846-47...


    Sites and buildings that played important parts in the life of the 33rd President, Harry Truman, are covered on this walking tour established by the city of Independence in the early 1990's. There are 43 different stops along the way and the whole walk would make up the better part of one's day, though your understanding of Independence's most...


    Independence offers visitors historic walking tours covering local sites of interest one of which is the Missouri Mormon Walking Tour. Mormons believed that native Americans were members of the lost tribes of Israel and missionaries were sent out from the New York Mormon heartlands very early in the church's history - 1830 - to the then Indian...


    Heritage Plaza is across the street to the northwest from the Temple Lot. Here is the original Flournoy House - moved from its original site closer to downtown - in which the 63.33 acre Temple Lot Property was purchased by Mormon bishop Edward Partridge for the nascent Mormon faith late in 1831. The home dates to 1826 and is one of the oldest in...


    On the west edge of the Temple Lot is a plaza dedicated to the idea of the United Nations - the only such monument to the UN in the US and the only one in the World that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the UN. Across the street in the RLDS Auditorium was where Harry Truman, in 1946, announced that the US would be a signatory of the UN charter....


    The Utah-based LDS church is far and away the largest branch of the Mormon tree boasting somewhere in the region of 13-15 million members worldwide. This church evolved from those followers who accepted Brigham Young - he was the leader of the movement's Twelve Apostles at the time - as their leader in teh aftermath of the death of Joseph Smith,...


    Mormonism is seen by all branches of the Latter Day Saint tree as a church of restoration - a return to the early church as led by Jesus, but lost due to changes introduced by men over the years. Restoration is a very important term and thought used by all. The Community of Christ uses the term more carefully than the others, however, as they try...


    Located on the ground floor of the Community of Christ Temple, the Museum displays many important exhibits from both early Mormon history and from the history of the RLDS/Community of Christ church including the 1976 Missouri statute which rescinded a 1838 order issued by the then Missouri governor Lilburn Boggs to drive out of the State or...


    The Stone Church sits across the street from the original Temple Lot, which Mormon founder Joseph Smith, Jr., had pointed out was both the site of the Garden of Eden and the place to where Jesus would return when at the time of the Second Coming. The church was completed in 1889 and is home to the original RLDS congregation in Independence, which,...


    Made to house the World Conferences of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS and now Community of Christ), the Auditorium was designed by church architect Henry Smith with inspiration from church president Frederick M. Smith back in the 1920's. Originally, the Auditorium was designed 66% larger than it is today with...


    This small Mormon church owns the Temple Lot, the site where Joseph Smith, Jr., founding prophet of the Mormon movement, declared to be the site where Jesus would return to when he created the New Jerusalem at the time of the Second Coming. The church descends from Mormon congregations in Illinois and Indiana that coalesced behind the leadership of...


    During the summer of 1831, Joseph Smith, Jr., came out from Kirtland, Ohio to where one of the first significant gathering of adherents to his new religious movement was taking place, in order to gain a better appreciation for the efforts of missionaries he had set out to make contact with the native Americans of the nearby Indian Territories -...


    Lying about a half mile north of the Truman House but also on Delaware Avenue is the Truman Museum and Library. This Presidential Library is a part of the National Archive system. First stop inside the museum is the very informative 45 minute film offered which illustrates Truman’s life. The times and prevails of Truman’s presidency are offered by...


    The house of the 33rd President of the US is here in this relatively modest middle class Independence home on Delaware Street. Harry and his wife Bess called this ‘home’ from 1919 when Harry, after returning from WWI to marry Bess, moved in with her and her family. The home is as simple today as the man, himself, was. Tours of the home include the...


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  • Clinton's Soda Fountain- All You Need is...

    We passed by this soda fountain as we walked to Harry Truman's home for a tour. We came back after the tour to have some ice cream. :-) They offer all sorts of ice cream, sundaes, sodas, shakes, and pastries - YUM! It looks just like an "old-fashioned" soda fountain, because it is! They have a small gift shop area in the back (I bought some...

  • German food in the historic downtown...

    The Rheinlander has been a local favorite for years. It features German favorites, pleasant decor, and um-pah music on the sound system. Nancy and I dropped in for lunch on a Saturday; she had soup and sandwich (nothing extraordinary) and I had knockwurst with red cabbage. Nice lunch, even though the cabbage did not have the sweet taste I was...

  • Clinton's Soda Fountain

    This is where President 'Give 'em hell' Harry Truman held his first job, and I get the feeling the interior hasn't changed that much since then. Order up some milk shakes, phosphates and sandwiches so you can have plenty of energy to explore this historic town.


Independence Transportation

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    by basstbn Written May 31, 2004

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    Some visitors to the area prefer to take an introductory tour of the city's attractions using an older form of transportation: the mule-drawn covered wagon.

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Independence Shopping

  • Independence Center

    This is eastern Jackson County's most popular mall. They are constantly adding new stores and keep it looking nice. Some stores include: The Jones Store, Dillards, Sears, Hollister Co, Abercrombie and Fitch, American Eagle, The Buckle, The Gap, Victoria's Secret, Old Navy, The Disney Store, Spencer's Gifts, and Hallmark.The food court is large and...

  • Downtown Independence

    There are many shops located around the historic main square of Independence, surrounding the city hall. Many of them are specialty shops, antique shops, or shops of historic significance. With over 80 stores, it's nice to just wander and go window shopping, or perhaps stop in the soda fountain for a malt!

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    There seems to be something about Mormons and organs. The LDS maintain two huge organs in Salt Lake City - one and the tabernacle and another at the General Conference Center. The little brother RLDS/Community of Christ has two large organs as well, one in the Auditorium and the other in the Temple. Both organs are different - Aeolian-Skinner of...


    Built of 5685 pipes ranging in size from ¼ inch to nearly 40 feet tall, the Temple organ was built and installed by the Quebec organ company Casavant Freres Limitee in 1992-93. It is a gorgeous instrument with a brighter sound than the mellower sounding Auditorium organ across the street. The trumpet pipes – trompette enchanade – in the Auditorium...

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Independence Off The Beaten Path

  • Chicago and Alton Railway Depot

    Train enthusiasts take note! This little depot isn't on many lists of Independence attractions, but it is a neat find. When moved from its original location to this spot, it was in deplorable condition. It is now a testimony to the hard work and determination of a number of dedicated volunteers and fund-raisers. Nancy and I thoroughly enjoyed...


    One of the smallest surviving branches of the Mormon schismata of 1845 is the Church of Jesus Christ - Cutlerite branch. Their history is a fairly complicated one - an incomplete version can be found on their website - suffice it to say that those who followed Alpheus Cutler as Mormon leader following the death of founding prophet Joseph Smith came...


    Located on River Road a few miles north of the center of Independence on a ridge sitting south of the Missouri River, Mound Grove Cemetery is neither the largest nor the most historic burying ground in Independence, but it is here that four former president/prophet/leaders of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ (RLDS)/Community of Christ are...


Independence Sports & Outdoors

  • by sambarnett Written Oct 6, 2002

    Despite the name, the Kansas City Royals actually play in Independence. Their home is the 40,000 seat Kauffman Stadium, the only good major league ballpark to be built during the 1970s. Instead of the cookie-cutter bowls of the era, the Royals instead chose to create a midwestern version of Dodger Stadium. While the grandiuer isn't quite there, this is a really cool, chilled out place to catch a game. The fountains beyond the outfield are neat (first stadium to do that) and the tickets are pretty cheap for major league baseball. You won't have a problem getting tickets or finding parking, the Royals haven't been drawing well.

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  • Jackson County Courthouse

    Courthouse Square, Independence - -haberdasher and former soldier Harry Truman entered the public world here.

  • Harry S. Truman

    Independence is home to Harry S Truman the 33rd President of The United States. It is the home of his Presidential Museum & Library. He was President for the end of WW2 and the Korean War. There are exhibits cover these two periods at the library along with many personal items. Also Many records fromthe white house during his terms. The Library is...

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