Plenty of people think there's something special about Independence, Missouri. Religious leader Joseph Smith was one of them. In 1831, he declared Independence to be the site of "Zion," where the righteous would gather to greet the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. And gather they did. Thousands of converted Mormons moved from New York and Ohio to claim their New Jerusalem. Unfortunately for them, an even greater number of previous settlers, who also thought Independence was a pretty special place, had already staked their claim. By 1833, the Mormons had been run clear out of Independence, leaving their sacred religious sites behind. Come and explore. We promise the locals will be a lot more welcoming to you than they were to Joseph Smith.