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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Independence, Missouri

Clickable Map of Jackson County, Missouri and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Jackson County, MO (343) Cass County, MO (40) Clay County, MO (75) Johnson County, MO (19) Lafayette County, MO (56) Ray County, MO (13) Johnson County, KS (104) Wyandotte County, KS (61)  JacksonCounty(343) Jackson County (343)  CassCounty(40) Cass County (40)  ClayCounty(75) Clay County (75)  JohnsonCounty(19) Johnson County (19)  LafayetteCounty(56) Lafayette County (56)  RayCounty(13) Ray County (13)  JohnsonCountyKansas(104) Johnson County (104)  WyandotteCounty(61) Wyandotte County (61)
Independence and Kansas City are the county seats for Jackson County
Independence is in Jackson County
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      Johnson County (19)  
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      Johnson County, Kansas (104)  
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1Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — 22 — "The Neck"Truman Historic Walking Tour Stop 22
This site overlooks the old "neck," the African-American neighborhood razed during Urban Renewal and replaced with McCoy Park. Many prominent families were served by residents of this community.Map (db m182930) HM
2Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — 1827 Log Courthouse
Erected on the southeast corner of Lexington and Lynn Streets as a temporary home for Jackson County Government. This building has housed functions of the Jackson County Court as late as 1932 under Judge Harry S. Truman.Map (db m117026) HM
3Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — A Century of Progress
A Century of Progress marks the development of Jackson County. In 1828 a log courthouse was built in Independence. In 1836 a brick building was erected as a permanent courthouse on this site. Soldiers returning from the Mexican War found an . . . Map (db m34898) HM
4Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Anxiety 4th
This was the site of the headquarters farm of Gudgell & Simpson, early day Hereford cattle breeders. In 1881 this firm imported from England Anxiety 4th, cornerstone sire, from which almost all Hereford cattle in America are descended. Here in a . . . Map (db m144517) HM
5Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Stop F — Battle Line at Railroad Cut
During the Battle of Independence on October 21 and 22, 1864, this was an unfinished railroad cut. As darkness approached on the 21st, the Confederates advancing from the east stopped here. Union troops withdrew to the Big Blue River during the . . . Map (db m139882) HM
6Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Bess Truman Birthplace
Elizabeth Virginia (Bess) Wallace, grand-daughter of Independence miller George Porterfield Gates and daughter of Margaret (Madge) Gates Wallace and David W. Wallace, was born at this residence on February 13, 1885. Bess Wallace married Harry S . . . Map (db m144518) HM
7Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Bryant HouseDr. John S., Jr. and Harriet Smart Bryant
The home of Dr. and Mrs. Bryant was built ca. 1867, and expanded to its present Queen Anne-Eastlake design by ca. 1890. Dr. Bryant was a prominent physician and successful businessman. Harriet Smart was the daughter of Judge Thomas A. Smart, a . . . Map (db m144703) HM
8Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — 3 — Clinton's DrugstoreTruman Historic Walking Tour Stop 3
Clinton's Drugstore was the site of young Harry Truman's first job in about 1898. Jim Clinton paid Truman three dollars per week.Map (db m34787) HM
9Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — E — Confederate LineOct. 22, 1864 — Battle of Westport —
Tour Stop E On the 22nd Fagan’s Division of Price’s Army was defending against the advance of Union Gen. Pleasonton from the east. Two of Fagan’s Brigades were driven from the Little Blue River to the eastern edge of town. The Union attack was . . . Map (db m40171) HM
10Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Engagement at the Little Blue
Here on the morning of October 21, 1864 General Marmaduke's Confederate forces attacked Union troops under Colonel Moonlight drawn up on the hill to the west. Federal resistance was fierce until 10 A.M. when General Shelby's Confederate cavalry, . . . Map (db m144141) HM
11Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — F.M. Smith Study
Built by the Stallcup family in the early 1830s, this structure was initially located about five miles east of its present location. Frederick Madison Smith acquired the property in 1937. Born in 1872 in Plano, Illinois, he was the grandson of . . . Map (db m156380) HM
12Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — 1 — Fire Station No. 1Truman Historic Walking Tour Stop 1
Fire Station No. 1 operated here from 1907 to 1972. This current building, constructed in 1927, housed fire equipment on the first floor with sleeping quarters and a kitchen above.Map (db m34800) HM
13Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — First Baptist Church
Organized in 1845, this church was the original Baptist witness in this city. Early meetings were held in homes, stores, and the Courthouse. The church moved to this site in 1889. Other Southern Baptist churches have been formed from this . . . Map (db m42881) HM
14Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — First Battle of IndependenceA State Divided: The Civil War in Missouri
The Battle of Independence was fought at this and other locations on Aug. 11, 1862. On that day, a force of Confederate soldiers launched a dawn surprise attack on the Union garrison stationed at Independence and compelled it to surrender. It was . . . Map (db m34924) HM
15Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — First Christian Church
Alexander Campbell and Barton Stone, Disciple movement founders, preached to this congregation, founded July 4, 1835 with 35 members, 8 of whom were black. Alexander Procter was minister over 40 years. This neo-Roman church was designed by J.H. Felt . . . Map (db m140208) HM
16Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — First Fireproof Building in Independence
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17Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — 19 — First Presbyterian ChurchAmerican Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Site
The congregation dates from 1826. The church neither divided nor closed in the Civil War. Designed in 1888 by Nier, Hogg and Byram of Kansas City, Mo. Harry S. Truman first met Bess Wallace here in Sunday School in 1892.Map (db m121823) HM
18Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — 7 — First Presbyterian ChurchTruman Historic Walking Tour Stop 7
The church had recently been built when the Truman family moved to Independence in 1890. Harry Truman attended Sunday School here for several years as a child with Bess Wallace.Map (db m34748) HM
19Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — First United Methodist Church
The earliest Society of Methodists in the county was founded in Independence in 1835 with 10 charter members. Methodists have worshipped on this corner since 1840. The present Gothic style church, completed in 1859, was refaced and added to in 1929 . . . Map (db m34749) HM
20Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — 2 — Flournoy Home
Jones H. Flournoy lived here in 1831 when he sold the Temple Lot to the Mormons. The home was relocated to this site in 1989.Map (db m156414) HM
21Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Flournoy House
Built by slave labor in 1826, the Jones H. Flournoy House is one of the oldest houses in Independence. It was originally located four blocks east of its current location. In 1831 church leaders led by church founder Joseph Smith, visited . . . Map (db m156379) HM
22Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — General Andrew Jackson1767 - 1845
This statue presented to the people of Jackson County by Harry S. Truman President of the United States, 1949. Accepted for the people of Jackson County by the County Court. Harry M. Gambel Presiding Judge Wm. J. Randall Eastern . . . Map (db m34847) HM WM
23Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — 9 — Gingko Tree
During his daily walks in his later years, Harry Truman would stop and pat this old Gingko tree, speak a few words, then continue his walk.Map (db m34740) HM
24Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — 44 — Harpie ClubTruman Historic Walking Tour Stop 44
The Harpie Club, formed in 1924 by Harry Truman and his friends, dedicated to the enjoyment of poker, met in an upstairs room of this building.Map (db m34790) HM
25Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Harry S. Truman1884 - 1972
. . . Map (db m34853) HM
26Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Harry S. Truman Grave
Born May 8, 1884 Lamar, Missouri Died December 26, 1972 Married June 28, 1919 Daughter Born February 17, 1924 Judge Eastern District Jackson County Jan. 1, 1923 - Jan 1, 1925 Presiding Judge Jackson County Jan. 1, 1927 - . . . Map (db m58843) HM
27Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Harry S. Truman Historic District
Harry S. Truman Historic District has been designated a National Historic Landmark This site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America National Park Service United States . . . Map (db m44354) HM
28Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Here the Oregon Trail Began
This monument honors the pioneer spirit of those courageous men and women who by their heroic trek across the continent established homes and civilization in the Far NorthwestMap (db m34753) HM
29Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Hill Farm & Cemetery
The Cemetery and Park are part of blacksmith Adam Hill's 300 acre farm bought in 1833. Hill produced plows, repaired wagons, and cast utilitarian ironware. He bred horses with endurance for use on the plains and maintained a race track to test . . . Map (db m140034) HM
30Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Historic Courthouse
This 1933 courthouse, inspired by Independence Hall, contains restored courtroom and office of former Presiding Judge Harry S. Truman. Often remodeled, this building rests upon a foundation laid in 1828. Listed on the National Register of Historic . . . Map (db m34782) HM
31Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Hughes House
The Misses Mollie and Josie Hughes hired the architectural firm of Gibbs and Parker, Kansas City, MO., to design this ornate Queen Anne style residence. Erected in 1887, it was one of a group of mansions on Main Street owned by the Bryant-Hughes . . . Map (db m140405) HM
32Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Independence
Side A: Independence, famed "City of the Trails," was for two decades the starting point of the great western trade and travel routes to Santa Fe, Oregon, and California. Settled mainly by Southerners on land ceded the U.S. by the Osage . . . Map (db m44323) HM
33Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Independence Pioneer Spring
Used by Indians, wagon trains and settlers, this spring was situated on an Indian trace which ran southwest from the Missouri River. One of several springs in and around Independence, its original location was at the foot of a knoll, directly west.Map (db m139883) HM
34Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Independence Veterans Memorial
This permanent memorial shall serve to provide lasting tribute to those Independence veterans that have made the ultimate sacrifice in order to preserve and protect the tremendous freedom each of us so richly enjoy [Honor Roll List . . . Map (db m34854) HM
35Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — 4 — Jackson County CourthouseTruman Historic Walking Tour Stop 4
Harry S. Truman began his political career here, serving as administrative judge from 1923 to 1925 and presiding judge from 1927 to 1935, overseeing the building's 1932 major renovation.Map (db m34794) HM
36Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Jackson County Marshal's House and Jail Museum
Built in 1859, these buildings served as United States Provost Marshal's headquarters during the Civil War. Frank James, outlaw, and William C. Quantrill, border war guerrilla, were jailed here. In use until 1933.Map (db m34808) HM
37Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — James Bridger Gravesite
picture of Jim Bridger James Bridger 1804 · 1881 Celebrated as a hunter, trapper, fur trader, and guide. Discovered Great Salt Lake 1824, the South Pass 1827. Visited Yellowstone Lake and Geysers 1830. Founded Ft. Bridger 1843. . . . Map (db m27223) HM
38Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — 10 — Joseph T. Noland House
In 1910, while visiting his aunt "Ella" Noland, Harry Truman seized the opportunity to return a cake plate to the Wallaces, beginning his courtship with Bess.Map (db m58838) HM
39Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Kritser House
Martin Kritser, a grocer, bought this lot in 1847 and probably had the house built soon after. Patrick McCarty, one time saloon keeper on this square, bought it in 1849. This modest house is typical of the majority of houses built during the city's . . . Map (db m34843) HM
40Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Lewis-Bingham-Waggoner Estate
About 1856, John Lewis erected this mansion on 22 acres he had owned since 1845. George Caleb Bingham, the famous Missouri genre painter, bought the farm in 1864 and lived here until 1870. W.H. Waggoner, mill owner, bought it in 1876. The family . . . Map (db m34834) HM
41Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Liberty Bell Replica Marker
Dedicated to You, a Free Citizen in a Free Land This reproduction of the Liberty Bell was the inspirational symbol for the United States Savings Bonds Independence Drive, conducted from May 15 to July 4, 1950. The dimensions and tone are . . . Map (db m44349) HM
42Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — McCoy House
In 1856 this Greek Revival and Italianate style house was completed by William McCoy, a merchant and banker, on property once owned by Samuel C. Owens, a merchant and Santa Fe trader. McCoy served as the first Mayor of Independence, MO., in 1849.Map (db m144541) HM
43Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Mount Washington Cemetery Bridge Facts
On July 7th 2014, a storm came through Independence, MO dumping over six inches of rain in two hours. The flow of water from Rock Creek was massive and raised water levels in the cemetery at an extremely high rate. Due to the new Rock Creek . . . Map (db m198764) HM
44Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Noel House
The 1890 Queen Anne House was the home of James C. and Maggie Noel. James Noel was a city councilman 28 years. Both were close friends of Harry and Bess Truman.Map (db m140406) HM
45Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Our Jackson County PioneersIn Honor Of
Revolutionary Soldiers Lt. Joseph Boggs, PA. • William Moore, VA. Isaac Drake, MD. • Ledston Noland, N.C. —————— Fort Osage, 1808-1827 Major George C. Sibley, U.S. Indian Agent Mary Easton . . . Map (db m34857) HM
46Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Overfelt-Johnston House
Built about 1850 by John A. Overfelt, a flour miller, in the then current Gothic style. Acquired in 1867 by Courtney Campbell, it is now the home of his granddaughter, Miss Harriett Campbell Johnston. Listed on the National Register of Historic . . . Map (db m140458) HM
47Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Price's Great Missouri RaidThe Battle of the Little Blue River — "They fought us on the blue grass ridges..." Pvt. James H. Campbell, 14th Mo. Confederate Cavalry —
By 11 a.m. on Oct. 20, 1864, Col. Thomas Moonlight had made his first movement after the Little Blue crossing. Maj. Gen. James Blunt received permission from Maj. Gen. Samuel Curtis to engage the Confederate and made a rapid movement to this . . . Map (db m90430) HM
48Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Replica of the Statue of Liberty
With the faith and courage of their forefathers who made possible the freedom of these United States The Boy Scouts of America Dedicate this copy of the Statue of Liberty as a pledge of everlasting fidelity and loyalty 40th . . . Map (db m68494) HM
49Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Salem Cemetery Association
Salem Cemetery Association, an independent community association separate from the New Salem Baptist Church, was formed and incorporated December 4, 1917, by a group of concerned lot owners interested in the perpetuation, maintenance and improvement . . . Map (db m90345) HM
50Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Santa Fe Trail1821 - 1872
Marked by the Daughters of the American Revolution and the State of Missouri 1909 IndependenceMap (db m34755) HM
51Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Santa Fe Trail1821 - 1872 — Salem Church —
Marked by the Daughters of the American Revolution and the State of Missouri 1909.Map (db m90347) HM
52Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Sawyer-Jennings House
Erected in 1887 by Aaron Flint Sawyer, a partner in the Chrisman - Sawyer Banking Company, this Queen Anne style residence is the design of T.B. Smith, a talented Independence, Mo., architect and builder.Map (db m140794) HM
53Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Second Baptist Church
Organized in 1861, the present building was erected in 1886. The congregation has been a spiritual, educational and cultural leader. The first black school was held here. Western Baptist Seminary was organized in this church.Map (db m144550) HM
54Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — D — Second Battle of IndependenceOctober 1864 — Battle of Westport —
After heavy fighting at the Little Blue River on the 21st, Price's Confederate army forced Blunt's cavalry to retreat to the Big Blue River, leaving a rear guard in town. Shelby's Confederates reached town in the late afternoon. After a brisk fight . . . Map (db m144441) HM
55Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — St. Mary's Catholic Church
Historic St. Mary's church was begun in 1860 and completed during the Civil War. It was dedicated in 1864. This area was established as a French and Indian mission in 1823 and a parish in 1845 by Father Bernard Donnelly.Map (db m144485) HM
56Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — 1 — Temple Lot
The Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith and Mormon leaders dedicated this area for construction of a temple, 3 August 1831. A temple complex was envisioned as the center of a city to be called Zion.Map (db m156378) HM
57Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Temple Site
August 3, 1831, Joseph Smith, Jr., Prophet and Founder of the Church of Christ, with seven other Church leaders, dedicated this site for the Temple in the City of Zion, where this Church believes the Lord will come to His people in the Last Days.Map (db m156377) HM
58Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — The Eternal Flame of FreedomHarry S Truman Library and Museum
The Eternal Flame of Freedom in this courtyard is dedicated to the memory of President and Legionnaire Harry S. Truman on the 72nd anniversary of the American LegionMap (db m93179) HM
59Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — The Harry S. Truman Library
This building has been erected by the gifts of American citizens in all walks of life and the generosity of the City of Independence and of the contractors who built it for the purpose of preserving the papers of President Harry S. Truman and . . . Map (db m44352) HM
60Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — The Minor House(built ca. 1885)
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lindsay Minor acquired this home ca. 1900. Mrs. Minor was the former Nancy M. McCoy, daughter of William McCoy, an early Independence business man and the first Mayor at the time of the city’s incorporation in 1849. Their . . . Map (db m144551) HM
61Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — The Stone Church
The first branch of the reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Independence was organized in 1873. Joseph Smith III, on April 6, 1888, laid the cornerstone of this cut sandstone building, for years the pulpit of Presidents of the . . . Map (db m140454) HM
62Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Thomson House
This imposing farm mansion was erected in 1855 for B.F. Thomson by his slaves. The Thomson family fled during the Civil War. In 1866 the farm was sold on the courthouse steps to Rev. J.D. Gossett. One of the finest Greek Revival mansions in Jackson . . . Map (db m144139) HM
63Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Trail of Death
(front:) In remembrance of the forced removal of the Potawatomi (Neshdabe) people from their homes in northern Indiana to Miami County, Kansas in 1838 (reverse:) This historical landmark was made possible by the Eagle . . . Map (db m200147) HM
64Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Trail of Death
In 1838, 823 Potawatomi Indians camped near Blue River on the forced removal from Indiana to Kansas. Capt. Hull's group of 23 Indians, 5 horses and 3 wagons were attached to the body of emigration under Judge Polke.Map (db m200330) HM
65Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Trinity Episcopal Church
The first Episcopal Congregation in Jackson County was organized in 1844. This building, begun in 1881, was designed in the rural Gothic style by the distinguished Boston firm of Sturgis & Brigham. Here Mr. and Mrs. Harry S. Truman were married in . . . Map (db m33634) HM
66Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Truman Boyhood Home
In 1895 John and Martha Truman bought this house, built about 1886. Harry S. Truman (1884 - 1972) spent his boyhood here. The family moved in 1902. Later additions have greatly altered the original appearance of the house.Map (db m117025) HM
67Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Truman House
Built about 1867 by George Porterfield Gates, a mill owner. President Harry S. Truman and his wife, Bess Wallace Truman, granddaughter of Gates, made this their home from the time of their marriage in 1919. The "Summer White House" from 1945 to . . . Map (db m34731) HM
68Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Truman Library Veterans Memorial Carillon
AmVets presented and dedicated a carillon as a living memorial to America's veterans who served their country for the cause of freedom "As these bells ring…honored dead rest… freedom lives…" From the speech of Harry S. Truman . . . Map (db m44324) WM
69Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Truman's First Job
"It was in the Clinton's Drugstore that Harry S. Truman obtained his first job at three dollars a week. He opened the store every morning at six thirty, mopped the floor, cleaned away the trash, polished the jugs and bottles, worked at the . . . Map (db m34789) HM
70Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Twyman Hotel - Kenton House
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71Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Union Line11 AM October 21, 1864 — Tour Stop C —
Moonlight's Union cavalry brigade, with five guns and 1000 men, was driven from the Little Blue River by Marmaduke's and Shelby's 5000 Confederates of Price's army. Moonlight stopped here and was joined by Jennison's and Ford's brigades of Blunt's . . . Map (db m90385) HM
72Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Vaile Mansion
Designed for Harvey M. Vaile, operator of Star Mail routes, by Asa Cross of Kansas City, this Second Empire style house was described in 1881 as "one of the most costly and beautiful residences" in the county. Listed on the National Register of . . . Map (db m82634) HM
73Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Woodlawn Cemetery Confederate Memorial
(Confederate Battle Flag) 1861 - 1865 C * S * A Sacred to The Memory of The Soldiers of THE CONFEDERACYMap (db m52507) HM
74Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Woodson House
About 1866 this brick house, in the then popular Italianate style was built by Samuel Hughes Woodson, lawyer, United States Congressman, 1856-1861, Circuit Judge, land developer, and stage and mail route operator.Map (db m144554) HM
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