Grandview in Jackson County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Life on the Family Farm
“Iíve settled all the ills of mankind one way and another while riding along seeing that each animal pulled his part of the load.”
Harry S Truman
In 1867, Solomon and Harriet Young, Harry S Trumanís maternal grandparents, purchased 398 acres of the 600 that they would eventually own in Grandview, Missouri. After a fire destroyed the original farm home a temporary structure was built. The home that you see today is the “temporary” structure that was built in 1894.
His mother said “It was on the farm that Harry got his common sense.” As a farmer, Truman cultivated qualities that shaped his character and prepared him for future challenges. Work hard, treat others fairly, always do your best, and persevere in tough times were his guiding principles, and he would take this with him to the White House.
Life here could be harsh, with days of backbreaking labor, disastrous weather, and unsure profits. At the age of 33, Harry left the farm to fight in World War I. Although he never returned to farming, he would never forget his rural heritage. A visit to the Truman Farm can provide one with a richer understanding of Harry S. Truman as President of the United States.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. Click for map. Marker was located at the Truman Farm Home unit of the Harry S Truman National Historic Site. Marker was at or near this postal address: 12301 Blue Ridge Blvd, Grandview MO 64030, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. New Santa Fe Road (approx. 3.3 miles away); "The Boy Scout" (approx. 4 miles away); New Santa Fe / Trail Remnants (approx. 4 miles away); New Santa Fe (approx. 4 miles away); Santa Fe Trail (approx. 4.1 miles away); Russell's Ford (approx. 4.5 miles away); Thomas Farmhouse (approx. 5 miles away); Where Wagons Rolled / Wieduwilt Swales (approx. 5.1 miles away).
Also see . . . Truman Family Farm. From the official National Park Service website for the Harry S Truman National Historic Site. (Submitted on January 21, 2015.)
1. Replacement Marker
The marker was replaced with a new interpretive sign in 2011 at the same location. The new sign has the same title but includes
— Submitted January 21, 2015.
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