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Trailblazers Saturday Schedule


Pioneering People 2

Pioneering People  

Saturdays, April 23 - October 29, 2016

Except weekend of September 2-5

Interact with famous mountain man, Jim Bridger and the first Mayor of Independence, William McCoy. Meet townspeople of all ages and hear their stories of life on the trails and the process of creating a homestead in Independence. Engage with people of the past on and around the Courthouse square, inside the 1827 Log Courthouse and at the National Frontier Trails Museum. Retrace the steps of these American Legends!  



9:30 AM to 10:30 AM: Encounters with People of the Past
1849 was certainly an important year for Independence, Missouri. Catch up on local gossip than the Farmer's Market, just off the Square. While you meet some of the residents shopping for fresh produce, you may want to take some home yourself!

11 AM, 1 PM & 3 PM: "Chin Music" Log Courthouse and Trails Museum
Come to the 1827 Log Courthouse where you may eavesdrop on some of the town residents as they discuss some of the problems they face living in a frontier town. You may also explore this oldest of Missouri courthouses to find out about its history while you are there. At the National Frontier Trails Museum, learn about how our town helps so many pioneers get a successful start to their overland journey.

12 PM: Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow!
Join the townspeople at the west side of the Historic Courthouse to say goodbye to a wagon train bound for the gold fields of California! Who knows - perhaps you will decide to risk everything to join up for the adventure!

2 PM: Town Topics at the 1827 Log Courthouse
Join two residents as they debate the pros and cons of great national issues dominating 1849 America. The People of the Past are so very decided in their views that an eminent townsperson has been asked to serve as Moderator, just to ensure a civil discussion. Feel free to join in the debate!

4 PM: Ole Santa Fe!
Do you hear the shouts? It seems a trade caravan from Santa Fe is pulling up at the Square! Join us to welcome the caravan and find out what great items they have brought from our new territory!

3 PM - 6 PM: Melodies of the Pioneers
Enjoy the sounds of pioneer music as you stroll around the Square.


Covered Wagon Rides  

10 AM - 4 PM: Covered Wagon Rides

Visitors experience a wagon ride while learning about the workings of the wagon, animals, and a bit of local history. ides depart from the Historic Courthouse Square for the National Frontier Trails Museum on the hour. Rides depart from the National Frontier Trails Museum on the half hour (except 12:30 PM). 

Wagon Transportation Schedule: 

10:00 AM Depart Square

10:30 AM Depart National Frontier Trails Museum

11:00 AM Depart Square

11:30 AM Depart National Frontier Trails Museum

12:00 PM Depart Square (Wagon Train Departure for Oregon/California)

12:30-1:30 Break

1:30 PM Depart National Frontier Trails Museum 

2:00 PM Depart Square

2:30 PM Depart National Frontier Trails Museum 

3:00 PM Depart Square

3:30 PM Depart National Frontier Trails Museum 

4:00 PM Wagon Train Arrival from Santa Fe



Path To Progress 

Saturdays, September 10 - October 2016

11 AM, 1 PM & 3 PM:   Queen of the Pantry 
The Waggoner-Gates Milling Company is a major employer of townspeople and producer of nationally-known brands of flour such as "Queen of the Pantry." For the past several years business has boomed so much so that Mr. Waggoner has been able to update his home in the very latest style to show off his prosperity. Visit his estate to see for yourselves, and while there you may just meet the man himself, his wife or one of the many people he employs.
Grounds of Bingham-Waggoner Estate

11 AM, 1 PM & 3 PM:   A Lady and Her Maid
Explore the workings of a wealthy household of 1881 on a special tour of the Vaile Mansion. While you tour the house with an expert guide to learn about what it takes to run this establishment you will encounter Mrs. Vaile and a member of her household staff. Learn from them just how important it is to make a good impression and how difficult it is to maintain social position in 1881 Independence.
Vaile Mansion

10 AM - 4 PM:  All Aboard!
If you want to know about the comings and goings of just about everyone in town, the place to be is the Chicago and Alton Depot. The Station Master is just about the best informed of anyone in town. Visit the depot and discover just why this is so.
Chicago & Alton Depot


Holiday Fun In Independence 

Saturdays in December 3,10,17, 2016

10 AM - 4 PM:  Holiday Fun in Independence
Join Victorian Era citizens of Independence as they prepare for the holidays and discuss how the holidays are commemorated at the 1827 Log Courthouse and National Frontier Trails Museum.