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Independence, Missouri

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Please add profiles of those who were born, lived or died in Independence, Missouri.

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Independence is the county seat of Jackson County. It is known as the "Queen City of the Trails" because it was a point of departure for the California Trail, Oregon Trail, and Santa Fe Trail. Independence was also the hometown of President Harry Truman; the Truman Presidential Library and Museum is located in the city, and Truman and First Lady, Bess Truman are buried here. The city is also sacred to many Latter Day Saints, with Joseph Smith's 1831 Temple Lot being located here, as well as the headquarters of several Latter Day Saint factions.

Independence was the site of two Civil War battles in 1862 and 1864, respectively.



California Trail

Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Truman's Home

The Missouri-Kansas Conflict (1854-1865)

The Midwest Genealogy Center

National Frontier Trails Museum

Oregon/California Trail Center Starting Point