Independence (Missouri)

Independence (Missouri)

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Independence is a suburb of Kansas City. In the 1830's and 1840's, Independence was the starting point for expeditions over the Santa Fe Trail, the Oregon Trail and the California Trail. For this reason the city is also known as Queen City of the Trails. A group of Mormons settled there in 1831. Nowadays, the city is the world headquarters of the Community of Christ, which was formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Independence was the home of President Harry S. Truman. The former president is buried on the grounds of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. Other points of interest include the old county jail and museum. The building dates from 1859 and has been beautifully restored. The old county courthouse was also restored. It dates from 1825. The reconstructed Fort Osage was originally built in 1808. Park University has a campus in Independence. There are many museums in Independence.

The main industries in Independence include manufactures of electrical equipment, cement, machinery and oil products. Natural gas in the area also contributes heavily to the city's industries and economy.

Independence is 200 km northwest from Jefferson City and about 1500 km west from Washington D.C. Accommodation and restaurants are available in town.


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