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Retrace Their Steps 


Independence offers the perfect combination of shops, restaurants and affordable family experiences where you can get away and connect with the past. This is a bucket-list destination for any history buff. From pioneer trails to Harry Truman's hometown, Independence is home to 16 heritage attractions. Stand where fates were unknown and retrace the steps of these legends as you explore their stories. Also discover Victorian mansions, the jail that housed outlaw Frank James, a hair museum, puppetry arts and a collection of world famous religious heritage sites. Take time to explore the historic Square, filled with specialty shops and unique restaurants. Shop at Independence Center mall or discover your outdoor side at Bass Pro Shops. Catch a game or concert at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, home to hockey and indoor soccer. You'll find a wide variety of affordable lodging including hotels, B&Bs and an RV park. From pioneer adventures to president Harry S Truman, discover true American legends.  We challenge YOU to Find YOUR Independence! 

People from all over the world come to Independence each year to experience the unique opportunity to stand, walk, ride, play, shop and dine where American legends were made.  Read their stories below for an insiders perspective on a real American Original, Independence, Missouri. 

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