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By William Fischer, Jr., May 21, 2011
"The Neck" Marker
Missouri (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 m44363) HM
Missouri (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
Missouri (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
Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — 3 — Clinton's Drugstore — Truman 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
Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — E — Confederate Line — Oct. 22, 1864 — Battle of Westport
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 made first from . . . — Map (db m40171) HM
Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — 1 — Fire Station No. 1 — Truman 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
Missouri (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
Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — First Battle of Independence — A 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
Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — First Fireproof Building in Independence
. . . — Map (db m34751) HM
Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — 7 — First Presbyterian Church — Truman 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
Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — 19 — First Presbyterian Church — American 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
Missouri (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
Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — General Andrew Jackson — 1767 - 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 . . . — Map (db m34847) HM
Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — 9 — Gingko Tree — Truman Historic Walking Tour Stop 9
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. Gingko Triloba Maidenhair Tree Independence Garden Club 1931 Harry Truman Gingko Designated . . . — Map (db m34740) HM
Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — 44 — Harpie Club — Truman 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
Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Harry S. Truman — 1884 - 1972
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Missouri (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
Missouri (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
Missouri (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 Northwest — Map (db m34753) HM
Missouri (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
Missouri (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
Missouri (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
Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — 4 — Jackson County Courthouse — Truman 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
Missouri (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
Missouri (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
Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — 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
Missouri (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
Missouri (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
Missouri (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
Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Our Jackson County Pioneers — In 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
Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Price's Great Missouri Raid — The 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
Missouri (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 . . . — Map (db m68494) HM
Missouri (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
Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Santa Fe Trail — 1821 - 1872
Marked by the Daughters of the American Revolution and the State of Missouri 1909 Independence — Map (db m34755) HM
Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Santa Fe Trail — 1821 - 1872 — Salem Church
Marked by the Daughters of the American Revolution and the State of Missouri 1909. — Map (db m90347) HM
Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — D — Second Battle of Independence — October 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 m34805) HM
Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — The Eternal Flame of Freedom — Harry 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 Legion — Map (db m93179) HM
Missouri (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
Missouri (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
Missouri (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
Missouri (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
Missouri (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. . . . — Map (db m44324) HM
Missouri (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
Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Twyman Hotel - Kenton House
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Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Union Line — 11 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
Missouri (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
Missouri (Jackson County), Independence — Woodlawn Cemetery Confederate Memorial
(Confederate Battle Flag) 1861 - 1865 C * S * A Sacred to The Memory of The Soldiers of THE CONFEDERACY — Map (db m52507) HM

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