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Bingham-Waggoner Estate 3 Story • 26 Room Mansion

Touring Season - April 1 - October 31 Christmas Tours November 28 - December 30 Closed Dec. 23, 24, & 25

Available for weddings, meetings and other private events. Catered lunches are available for groups of 10-50 by reservation, please.

See listing in this guide.

Voted best historic home tour in the midwest

816-461-3491 •

Visit our Carriage House Boutique!

Frank James slept here…


JAIL & MARSHAL’S HOME MUSEUM 217 N. Main • 816.461.1897

The Vaile Mansion OPEN FOR TOURS


Strawberry Festival June 7th • 9am-4pm

Hundreds of crafters and antiquers plus strawberries and ice cream.


Victorian Christmas Magic Nov. 28th to Dec. 30th Closed Dec. 23-25

1500 N. Liberty Street • Independence, MO 64051 • 816.325.7430 Explore pioneer life on the trails at the only museum in the nation about the Lewis & Clark, Santa Fe, Oregon, California, and Mormon Pioneer trails.

• Children's Activities • Authentic Trail Artifacts The National Frontier Trails Museum brings the pio • Large Dioramas

experience on the trails to life and is the only muse the nation certified to interpret the Lewis & Clark, S Oregon, California and Mormon Pioneer trails.

318 W. Pacific • Independence, MO 64050 •



Welcome to Independence, Missouri! Whether you’re visiting Independence or planning to visit we want you to know that we are excited to have you come and experience hospitality that only Independence can offer. Independence hospitality is built around a community that prides itself in being honest, hard-working, and down-to-earth, just like our most famous citizen, President Harry S Truman. He never tried to be something he wasn’t and neither does the community that he left behind. We are proud of who we are, where we’ve been and where we are headed. We hold family and honesty in the highest regard and we’re bold about what we stand for and what we value. We are hard-working and want to make our community the best it can be. When we talk about progress in Independence, we are referring to working together to make things happen and being proud of what we accomplish. The progress we see is the product of hard work, determination and pride; it is a cornerstone of Independence. When we say “Real People, Real Progress” we know the people of Independence exemplify this and will deliver every time. Wait until you read the stories of a few of our “real” people right here in this guide. They are just a few examples of the kind of people that you will meet when you visit Independence. While you’re here we would love to have you visit our new Visitor Experience Center, in the Historic Truman Courthouse on the Independence Square. Our Independence Ambassadors will help you build a visit that is customized for you. From purchasing tickets to our sites, booking hotel rooms or simply providing insight about what you can experience while you are in Independence, we are happy to help you with every aspect of your stay. Our goal is to do everything we can to make you feel at home and give you the best experience that you can have during your time here. We are so glad that you’re here and we hope you enjoy every moment!

Cori Day Director of Tourism City of Independence, Missouri


VISITOR EXPERIENCE CENTER AT THE HISTORIC TRUMAN COURTHOUSE 112 W. Lexington on Independence Square • 816.325.7890 Recently opened in late 2013, the Visitor Experience Center in the newlyrefurbished Historic Truman Courthouse is an up-to-the-minute oasis for visitors. With volunteer docents to create a customized tour of Independence and the Kansas City region, and unlimited resources and concierge services, the Visitor Experience Center is a must-stop for planning the perfect itinerary. Visitors are invited to partake of the free WiFi, charging stations for electronic devices and have a cup of coffee or tea. April-October Hours: Open 8am-5pm Mon-Sat, and 11am-5pm Sun November-March Hours: Open 10am-5pm Mon-Sat, Closed Sun Open by advance reservation for groups Courthouse Tours: Free





Frannie Franks Coffee Cakes happened by accident, says Jill McEnroe. It wasn’t until June of 2011 when the true influence of Frannie was known to Jill and her son. Jill’s mom, Frannie, could often be found baking, wearing pearls and heels, with the aroma of cinnamon wafting through her home. “My inspiration was my mother, an amazing, beautiful, funny and out-of-this-world cook,” said Jill McEnroe, President of Frannie Frank’s Coffee Cakes. The ‘Franks’ comes from her grandfather. When her son thought about enlisting in the Air Force to follow in his Grandpa’s footsteps, Jill enlisted him in the business instead. Frannie Franks Coffee Cakes was founded with a dream in her heart, a legacy to fulfill. A graphic designer by day, Jill made her first coffee cakes using Frannie’s vintage recipe book, for her boss’ birthday and her husband’s office. Soon the orders came rolling in. As a "foodpreneur" with business support from the Ennovation Center, Jill has created a business from her inspiration. In only three short years Frannie Franks is a story of Real People. Real Progress. in Independence. Visit for good old-fashioned and honest coffee cakes, including personalized hand-written notes.

REAL PEOPLE. REAL PROGRESS. The Berry Nutty Farm originated by a friend’s passion and a desire for the world to know what it is like to have a healthy, flavorful, gourmet product that can revitalize old-world cooking traditions and prompt new traditions. “My inspiration to make jam started as a little girl, Darrell Tindal and Andrea Schnetzler while helping Grandma Taylor with canning, and watching my Grandpa successfully run a small town grocery store in Missouri,” said Andrea Schnetzler. Now instead of being Grandpa’s Kitchen Chef, Andrea paired with Darrell Tindal as ‘Duo Kitchen Chefs’ to form The Berry Nutty Farm. The Berry Nutty Farm is a perfect mixture of both of their passions in life. Darrell brings the art of business, marketing, and his love for horticulture and gourmet food. Andrea has a zeal for cooking and design, with an extensive knowledge of horticulture. The Berry Nutty Farm took recipes from both of their Grandmas, making delicious jars of jam and apple butter, keeping traditionally tasting foods in today's modern world, meaning that additives and preservatives are eliminated. The Berry Nutty Farm was inspired by down-to-earth, real people and has grown into to a business that exemplifies real progress. Visit for real jams and apple butter.


REAL PEOPLE. REAL PROGRESS. Diane Houk’s love of puppets and entertaining children of all ages began when she was a Girl Scout in Independence. A trip to the Hazelle Rollins’ Puppet Factory in Kansas City was the beginning of her lifelong love of the art of puppetry. Although she was sick the day of the fieldtrip, her Girl Scout leader, Martha Ingram, taught the troop to make puppets and perform puppet shows. From there it continued to grow. That was the inspiration. Diane’s passion grew to puppet collecting, and she became known in the community as a hard-working advocate for the art of puppet-making and puppeteers. This brought many experiences, such as giving Paul Mesner, a nationally known Kansas City puppeteer, his first opportunity to perform in public at the opening of the Sermon Center in Independence. Diane and Paul’s relationship led to the creation of the Puppet Guild where Diane served on the board for nine years. At that time Goodwill asked if the Puppet Guild would be interested in taking several boxes of puppet pieces that had been donated. The puppet pieces ended up being what was left of the Hazelle Rollins Puppet Factory and several boxes were actually an 18-wheeler flatbed trailer. After moving the puppet pieces from two locations they settled at their final home in Independence. The Puppet Guild was building a puppet institute tailored to children and fostering enjoyment and interest in puppets. It took the Guild seven years and much dedication to save the $10,000 that is was required to open what today is the Puppetry Arts Institute. It was started on October 13, 2000 in Diane’s old stomping ground, the Englewood Arts District in Independence. It features the Hazelle Rollins puppets as well as many others from around the world. The Puppetry Arts Institute hosts Kindergartners from all over the Kansas City metro area each year to come and make their own puppets and enjoy a puppet show, often put on by Diane herself. They are open daily for children and families to come and create their own puppets, featuring monthly puppet shows that each have their own unique story. The idea behind the Puppetry Arts Institute was to create a place that children knew as soon as they walked in that it was made just for them. Diane and the rest of the Puppet Guild have certainly made that a reality. Another example of Independence: Real People. Real Progress. Visit for more info. 6


Diane Houk


Historic Truman Courthouse

Clinton’s Soda Fountain

CLINTON’S SODA FOUNTAIN 100 W. Maple • 816.833.2046 The site of Harry Truman’s first job, this is a privately-owned soda fountain and gift shop on The Independence Square. Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am – 6pm, Thu 8:30am – 8pm, Sat 10am–8pm, Closed Sun


Visitor Center: 223 N. Main • 816.254.9929 Truman Home: 219 N. Delaware This was the home of President Harry S Truman for more than five decades. During his presidency, 1945–1953, it served as the “Summer White House.” Guided tours are limited to 8 people. Tickets must be purchased at the Harry S Truman Visitor Center. Hours: Tue-Sat 8:30am– 5pm, Closed Sundays and Mondays and all federal holidays. Cost: $5 adults, ages 15 and under free

Harry S Truman Home

HARRY S TRUMAN OFFICE & COURTROOM IN JACKSON COUNTY'S HISTORIC TRUMAN COURTHOUSE 112 W. Lexington • 816.252.7454 Jackson County's Historic Truman Courthouse on Independence Square is the home of the Harry S Truman Courtroom and Office, Brady Courtroom, Jackson County Museum of Art, City of Independence Visitor Experience Center, and Jackson County Historical Society Local History Center and Bookshop. The surrounding grounds feature statues of United States Presidents Harry S Truman and Andrew Jackson. Other markers commemorate pioneers, the Civil War, and migration west—Santa Fe, California and Oregon Trails—that marked Independence Square as their starting point. Hours: Mon-Sat 8am– 5pm Tours: Complimentary tours at 11am & 2pm


TRUMAN SITES HARRY S TRUMAN LIBRARY AND MUSEUM 500 W. U.S. Highway 24 • 816.268.8200 or 800.833.1225 • Since its dedication in 1957, the Truman Library has welcomed nearly 8 million visitors and attracts approximately 100,000 people annually. Hailed as America’s “Best Presidential Museum” (Dallas Morning News), the Truman Library offers theaters, a museum store and dozens of interactive and hands-on exhibits. Step into a replica of President Truman’s Oval Office, test your presidential potential in Decision Theaters and experience some dramatic moments in American history. The Harry S Truman Library and Museum is one of 13 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. Hours: Mon-Sat 9am – 5pm, Sun Noon – 5pm, Closed New Year’s, Thanksgiving & Christmas Days. Cost: $8 adults, $7 seniors, $3 ages 6–15, 5 and under free.



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Truman Depot



1111 W. Pacific • 816.252.8128

Main & Truman

This was the final stop on Truman’s 1948 Whistlestop Campaign. After leaving the Presidency in January 1953, he was welcomed home here by 8,500 admirers. Today, the depot is an Amtrak stop and home to the Jackson County Genealogical Society Research Library.

Beginning at the Truman Home Ticket Center at Main and Truman Roads, the 2.7-mile trail includes 43 plaques embedded in the sidewalks through the National Historic Landmark District. Brochures are available at the Truman Ticket Center and the Visitor Experience Center.

TRUMAN MEMORIAL BUILDING 416 W. Maple • 816.325.7843 In 1926, this facility was erected through the efforts of Harry Truman and other civic leaders as a tribute to those who died in WWI. Renovated and rededicated in 2002, it serves as a War Memorial and recreation center. Included are Veterans Hall and video program, meeting and banquet space, plus an auditorium and gymnasium. Hours: Mon-Tue 9am–9pm, Wed-Fri 9am–5pm, Sat 1pm–4pm, Closed Sun

WILD ABOUT HARRY “I’m Just Wild About Harry” was the campaign song for the 1948 presidential bid by Harry S Truman. Bet you didn’t know this: it was really a Broadway show tune in 1921, (music by Eubie Blake, lyrics by Noble Sissle) in Shuffle Along, the first financially successful production featuring all African Americans. Today you can visit the shop of the same name on Historic Independence Square.


1827 Log Courthouse

1859 Jail & Marshal's Home Museum

1827 LOG COURTHOUSE 107 W. Kansas • 816.325.7111 This wooden structure served as Jackson County's first courthouse from 1827 to 1836. It also served as a Mormon mercantile store and Harry Truman held court here in the 1930s. Hours: April–October, Mon-Fri 10 am–2pm By appointment after 2pm

1859 JAIL & MARSHAL’S HOME MUSEUM 217 N. Main • 816.461.1897 • The dungeon-like cells of the 1859 Jail housed thousands of prisoners during the bloodiest time in Jackson County’s history. Hear the stories of the famous to the infamous, including Frank James and William Clark Quantrill. Experience pioneer justice in the 1859 Jail & Marshal’s Home Museum. An 1870s schoolhouse completes the site. A combination ticket is available with Bingham-Waggoner Estate, Vaile Mansion and National Frontier Trails Museum for a reduced fee. Hours: Mon–Sat 10am– 4pm, Sun 1–4 pm Closed November, January – March Cost: $6 adults, $5 seniors, $3 ages 6–16, under 6 free Holiday Tours: Day after Thanksgiving – December 30, Closed December 23–25 Cost: $6 adults, $3 ages 6–16, under 6 free



PIONEER & TRAIL SITES BINGHAM-WAGGONER ESTATE 313 W. Pacific • 816.461.3491 • Built in 1852 along the 1846 alignment of the Santa Fe Trail, this magnificent home was once owned by George Caleb Bingham, famed Civil War artist. It was also home to the Waggoner family, founders of Waggoner Gates Mill, from 1879 –1976. Extensively renovated in the 1890s, it contains many original furnishings and accessories. Gift shop located in the Carriage House. A combination ticket is available with Vaile Mansion,1859 Jail & Marshal’s Home Museum and National Frontier Trails Museum for a reduced fee. Hours: Mon–Sat 10am– 4pm, Sun 1– 4pm Closed November, January – March Cost: $6 adults, $5 seniors, $3 ages 6 –16, under 6 free Holiday Tours: Day after Thanksgiving – December 30, Closed December 23 – 25 Cost: $6 adults, $3 ages 6 –16, under 6 free

SWALES WALKING TRAIL AT BINGHAM-WAGGONER ESTATE See certified wagon swales (ruts) by entering at the back of Bingham-Waggoner Estate parking lot. Across the footbridge is a one-quarter mile trail with interpretive signs focusing on the Santa Fe two-way international trade route.

PIONEER TRAILS ADVENTURES Pick up outside 217 N. Main • 816.456.4991 • Be entertained by the Wrangler with historical tales while riding in a covered wagon or sleigh. Reservations recommended. Tours: April–November, Mon–Sat 9:30am-4:30pm By appointment the rest of the year

CHICAGO & ALTON DEPOT 318 W. Pacific • 816.325.7955 • Built in 1879, the depot is believed to be the oldest restored two-story frame depot remaining in Missouri. It was moved to the National Frontier Trails Museum Campus in 1996. Hours: April – October, Mon, Thur–Sat 9:30am–4:30pm, Sun 12:30–4:30 pm Open on weekends from Thanksgiving to Christmas Cost: Donations welcome

CIVIL WAR DRIVING TOUR 800.748.7323 • The driving tour includes five stops for the First Battle of Independence, one of the first urban battles of the Civil War on August 11, 1862. Ten stops for the Battle of the Little Blue on October 21 – 22, 1864 — a battle between 15,000 Union and Confederate forces. Call or see website to obtain a driving tour brochure.



816.461.0065 • This is where thousands began their journey west and Harry Truman started his political career. Take a covered wagon tour or shop in more than 20 specialty and antique shops. Enjoy fine or casual dining at one of the many restaurants, a firstrun movie at the Pharaoh Theatre or a game of bowling at Diamond Bowl.


1333 S. Noland • 816.833.2955 One-of-a-kind museum pays tribute to the Victorian-era art of hair jewelry and wreaths with 300 framed hair wreaths and over 2,000 pieces of jewelry made of hair. In the 1800s, family members would craft these keepsakes from locks of their loved one’s hair. Hours: Tue–Sat 9am–4pm Closed Sun and Mon. Cost: $6 adults, $3 seniors 65+ and children 12 and under


1500 N. Liberty • 816.325.7430 • This 30-room mansion was built in 1881 by frontier business tycoon Harvey Vaile. Recognized as one of the finest examples of Second Empire Victorian architecture in the United States, the opulent estate boasted conveniences such as flushing toilets, a built-in 6,000-gallon water tank, and a 48,000-gallon wine cellar. Hours: Mon–Sat 10am–4pm, Sun 1–4pm Closed November, January – March Cost: $6 adults, $5 seniors, $3 ages 6 – 16, under 6 free Holiday Tours: Day after Thanksgiving– December 30, Closed December 23–25 A combination ticket is available with BinghamWaggoner Estate, 1859 Jail & Marshal’s Home Museum and National Frontier Trails Museum for a reduced fee. Cost: $6 adults, $3 ages 6 -16, under 6 free

Vaile Mansion


It is a known fact that Frank James, of the infamous James Gang and brother of Jesse James, was held prisoner at the Independence jail after his surrender to the Governor at Jefferson City in 1882. During his incarceration in what is now known as the 1859 Jail & Marshal’s Home Museum, his cell was never locked. In fact the jailer’s wife made dinner for the famous prisoner. Because he feared grave robbers, his ashes were finally laid to rest at Hill Park Cemetery in 1944 using his mother-in-laws maiden name.


318 W. Pacific • 816.325.7575 • During America’s expansion in the 1800s, several great routes were created by explorers and led thousands of pioneers west. Discover the excitement, challenges and heartbreak faced by pioneers as they headed West during America's expansion in the 1800s. Independence was a starting point for several of the great Westward trails created by explorers. At the only museum in the nation that interprets five of these trails - Lewis & Clark, Santa Fe, California, Oregon and Mormon Pioneer - visitors will see authentic trail artifacts, read quotations from diaries, letters and journals kept by the pioneers, and engage in hands-on activities. Relive the drama where ordinary people, just looking to create a better life, dared to risk it all and ended up changing the world. Hours: Mon–Sat 9am–4:30pm, Sun 12:30–4:30pm Closed New Year's, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days Cost: $6 adults, $5 seniors 62+, $3 ages 6 –17, under 6 free. A combination ticket is available with Bingham-Waggoner Estate, Vaile Mansion and 1859 Jail & Marshal’s Home Museum for a reduced fee.


201 N. Dodgion • 816.325.7111 A look at log cabin life in the 1800s. Hours: Closed due to construction Cost: Free



Fleming Park, Lake Jacomo • Blue Springs, MO • 816.503.4800


400 Grand • Kansas City, MO 816.471.4030 •

LANGUAGES The languages heard along the culturally diverse Santa Fe Trail included English, Spanish, German, French, Dutch, and those of several American Indian tribes. An estimated 400,000 people went on the western migration trails between 1840 and 1860. About one in ten trail travelers, or about 40,000 people, died along the western trails in America. Learn more at the National Frontier Trails Museum.

RELIGIOUS SITES COMMUNITY OF CHRIST INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS 816.833.1000, ext. 3030 • The Temple and Auditorium serve as the international headquarters for Community of Christ, a worldwide Christian denomination with approximately a quarter of a million members. Audio tours available at the Temple for individuals and small groups: 30–35 minutes long. Tours conducted at your own pace. Auditorium: 1001 W. Walnut Designed in the 1920s, this green-domed building features a 5,600-seat conference chamber, a 113-rank Aeolian Skinner pipe organ and Children’s Peace Pavilion. Temple: 201 S. River Spiraling 300 feet into the air, this facility houses a museum, two theaters, a bookstore, a 1,600-seat sanctuary, multi-cultural artwork and a 102-rank Casavant Fréres pipe organ. Tour Hours: April –October, Mon–Sat 9am–4:30pm, Sun 1–4:30pm November – March, Mon–Fri 9am–4:30pm, Sat, 10am–4pm Closed Sunday Free Pipe Organ Recitals: September – May, Sun at 3pm June -August at 3pm daily Prayer for Peace: 1pm daily Cost: Free

HERITAGE PLAZA 1034 W. Lexington • 816.461.6578 • Includes the 1826 Flournoy Home and 1830’s FM Smith Study, spanning Latter Day Saint history in Jackson Country from 1831 to 1946. Tours: Free tours: self-guided year round; guided tours April-September, Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-5pm. Other times by appointment:

ANXIETY IV Early Hereford breeders Charles Gudgell and Thomas A. Simpson of Missouri imported cattle, one of which was a bull named “Anxiety IV”. He lived in Independence, on a farm on Gudgell Road. “Anxiety IV” has been credited with 99% of the high-quality beef in the Kansas City Area, as well as the migration of quality beef to Omaha, NE and Chicago, IL.


This church sits on the original temple lot dedicated by Joseph Smith in 1831. Two originally inscribed cornerstone markers displayed in the Visitors Center were found in 1929 during an excavation for the spot of a proposed temple. Hours: October–April, Mon–Fri 9am–4:30pm, Sat 9am–noon May–September, Mon–Sat 9am–5pm

All Are Welcome! International Headquarters River and Walnut | Independence, Missouri

Guided Tours Monday–Friday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Prayer for Peace Daily 1:00–1:15 p.m.

Organ Demonstration Recitals June–August 3:00–3:30 p.m. Daily September–May 3:00–3:30 p.m. Sundays

Children’s Peace Pavilion Visit or call (816) 521-3033 For more information (816) 833-1000

We proclaim Jesus Christ and promote communities of joy, hope, love, and peace.



Mormon Visitors Center


Beginning at Walnut and River, across the street from the Community of Christ Auditorium, the trail is one mile long with 14 plaques depicting key early Mormon sites. Brochure available at key sites.


937 W. Walnut • 816.836.3466 • Thousands of visitors tour the center to see how the early Latter-Day Saints pioneers came from the east to the frontier lands to establish their communities. Recreations of an 1830’s cabin and the first printing press east of the Mississippi River are presented. Hours: Free guided tours daily from 9am–9pm


Corner of Lexington and Walnut, this is where President Truman announced that the U.S. would become a signatory to the United Nations. The only other Plaza in the world dedicated to the UN is located in New York.

MORMON VISITORS’ CENTER Free guided tours daily

9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

See how the early Latter-Day Saints pioneers came from the east to the frontier lands to establish their communities. Recreations of an 1830s cabin and the first printing press east of the Mississippi River are presented.

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Center for the Study of the Korean War 1401 W. Truman on the Graceland Campus • 816.833.0524 ext. 4303 Hours: By appointment Mon–Fri 8am–noon

JACKSON COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY RESEARCH LIBRARY 1111 W. Pacific in the Historic Truman Depot • 816.252.8128 Hours: Tue, Thurs and Sat 10am–4pm Other times by appointment


112 W. Lexington, Room 103 Independence Square Courthouse • 816.252.7454 • Hours: Mon–Fri by advance appointment, starting summer 2013


318 W. Pacific at the National Frontier Trails Museum • 816.325.7575 Hours: By appointment during regular hours at the Trails Museum


3440 S. Lee’s Summit Rd. • 816.252.7228 • This is the largest free-standing public genealogy library in the United States and features resources for genealogical and historical research. Free WiFi. Hours: Mon–Thur 9am–9pm, Fri 9am–6pm, Sat 9am–5pm, Sun 1–5pm, Closed holidays

GINGER ROGERS The birthplace home of Virginia Katherine McMath, better known as Ginger Rogers, is in Independence. When Ms. Rogers met President Harry Truman at the White House, she said, “Mr. President, you and I are from the same city in Missouri, and I’m here to register a complaint. No one realizes I’m from Independence, and everyone knows you are. I’m jealous.” 15

HISTORIC SITES & ATTRACTIONS 1. Harry S Truman National Historic Site Visitor Center 2. 1859 Jail & Marshal’s Home Museum 3. Pioneer Trails Adventures 4. Clinton’s Soda Fountain and Gifts 5. Historic Truman Courthouse/Visitor Experience Center 6. 1827 Log Courthouse 7. Bingham-Waggoner Estate 8. National Frontier Trails Museum 9. 1879 Chicago & Alton Depot 10. Truman Depot 11. Puppetry Arts Institute 12. Mormon Visitors Center 13. Community of Christ Auditorium 14. Church of Christ Temple Lot (Temple Lot Historic Marker) 15. Community of Christ Temple 16. Truman Home (buy tickets at site #1) 17. Noland Home 18. Harry S Truman Library & Museum 19. Vaile Mansion 20. Pioneer Spring Cabin 21. Leila’s Hair Museum 22. To I-70, Independence Center Shops, Hartman Heritage Conference Center and Independence Events Center 23. Midwest Genealogy Center 24. Englewood Arts District 25. Truman Memorial Building





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REAL PEOPLE. REAL PROGRESS. Tom and Sue Waters, lifelong residents of Independence, met in kindergarten. They could not have foreseen a successful family printing business in their future. They began dating while at Fort Osage High School, got married in 1980, and had two daughters. Today they own a 115-year-old building on the Historic Independence Square and operate Corporate Copy Print (CCP) now in its’ 20th year of business. “I remember day one,” commented Tom Waters. After working 15 years in the printing industry he was ready to start his own enterprise. “We were thrilled to be able to open our doors here in Independence,” Sue added. She had spent 18 years in the insurance business but when the insurance company was sold and Tom and Susan Waters she was without a job, she planned to help Tom at the print shop for just a couple of months. That was 19 years ago and she’s been hands-on ever since. Then in 2004 their daughter Amy was hired as a temporary graphics designer. She recently celebrated her tenth year as a very talented graphic artist at CCP. Within a couple of years they needed more space for the business. One day after leaving a Chamber meeting he drove through the Independence Square. He saw a ‘for sale’ sign. The Square had been neglected and going downhill for a couple of decades, but a second drive around the block did the trick. “I knew that Ken and Cindy McClain had bought a couple of buildings and had just recently completed the renovation of the old Katz building into the beautiful Ophelia’s. In addition, there were a couple of other buildings that had been remodeled.” The Waters ended up buying the building on Main Street in 2003. Since then they have purchased two nearby buildings and recently modernized, adding sixty solar panels to the print shop building. “Independence has a tremendous heritage and the Square is still the center of that history,” explained Tom. “The synergy and momentum of renovation here in the uptown area doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.” In 2011 CCP was awarded Small Business of the Year at the Independence Economic Development annual meeting. In 2012 the Waters were honored by the Salvation Army with a Doing the Most Good award. In 2013 they were again recognized, this time as Business Persons of the Year by the Independence Chamber of Commerce. Visit for products and services. 20


SHOPPING & MERCHANTS HISTORIC INDEPENDENCE SQUARE Main, Lexington, Maple and Liberty 816.461.0065

Twelve restaurants, more than 20 gift and specialty stores and antique shops.


18801 E. 39th located at I-70 and M-291 816.795.0770 • Features 150 stores, restaurants, & contemporary shopping in a climate-controlled mall.


Winner Rd. and Sterling Ave. • 816.254.9044 The Englewood Arts District is home to locallyowned art galleries, shops and dining. The Puppetry Arts Institute is also here. Every 3rd Friday at the Englewood Art Walk, dozens of shops open their doors throughout the evening, displaying visual and performing arts.


40 Hwy. and Shrank Rd. • 816.373.0410


39th St. and Crackerneck Rd.


40 Hwy. and Selsa Rd. • 913.648.6900

EASTLAND CENTER M-291 and 40 Hwy.

HARTMAN HERITAGE CENTER Jackson Dr. and Little Blue Pkwy.

NOLAND FASHION SQUARE Noland Rd. and 40 Hwy.




Unique. Locally-Owned.

Eat. Shop. Play.


SQUARE 816.461.0065


REAL PEOPLE. REAL PROGRESS. Ken and Cindy McClain along their five children and thousands of

others, stood at the Historic Truman Courthouse on Labor Day 1992,to see Presidential candidate Bill Clinton. They anxiously awaited the evening news and what they saw was something quite different. Images of a tired rundown Independence Square were a far cry from the song that echoed through the Square that day. “I heard the crowd singing ‘Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow’ and I looked around and didn’t see much of a tomorrow,” Ken McClain said. And so it began. “Don’t Stop” by Fleetwood Mac was their inspiration and remains their theme today. Ken and Cindy McClain moved to Independence in 1984 and were excited to hear talk of the renovation of the Square. After almost a decade, no progress had been made and they realized they needed to do something. In 1992 they began buying buildings around the Square and in 1996 they purchased what is now Ophelia’s. “Our idea for the building was to open a large restaurant with banquet space as well as an inn. We wanted it to be a place for people from all over the metro area to enjoy, as well as a place for visitors to come stay.” The hope was also to attract others to open businesses on the Square. Unfortunately, the opposite happened and many began going out of business. That caused Ken and Cindy to purchase more buildings and add more businesses to their group including Courthouse Exchange, Wild About Harry and Clinton’s Drugstore. After almost 20 years, lots of resources and an immense amount of time and hard work, the McClains have built more than 16 businesses including eight restaurants, four retail shops, a movie theater, bowling alley, art gallery and a yoga and pilates studio. It’s safe to say that Ken and Cindy McClain have definitely given the Square a tomorrow in which the community can have pride. They are the real people and the real progress that make Independence the city it is.

Ken and Cindy McClain

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EAT SHOP PLAY McClain Companies on the Independence Square

Ophelia’s American cuisine with a twist Cafe Verona Classic Italian cuisine Courthouse Exchange Local, casual pub Square Pizza Delicious pizzas one square at a time Clinton’s Soda Fountain Sundaes & phosphates Main Street Coffee House Coffee & sandwiches UpDog Gourmet hot dogs El Pico Mexican cuisine Yogurtini Self serve frozen yogurt Gilbert, Whitney & Co. Specialty groceries & kitchenware BeHereNow Home decor & design center Wild About Harry Men’s gifts & furnishings Primary Colors Gallery Classes, local art, art gifts Studio on Main Pilates & yoga The Inn at Ophelia’s Hospitality & accommodations Diamond Bowl Bowling alley Pharaoh Theatre Newly released films



Hub Drive North of 23rd St. • 816.325.7843 • Features a lazy river, three water slides, interactive family pool, climbing wall and lap pool. Summer Hours: Monday – Friday noon – 8 p.m. Saturday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Holidays 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Cost: $9 adult, $7 youth/senior, under 2 free with paid adult


1601 S. Speck • 816.325.7115 • 86 acres of forest, lakes, hiking trails, campground, family picnic area, rain gardens, pavilion and wildlife. Seasonal exhibits in nature center. Hours: Operational hours change seasonally. Call for more information.


19100 E. Valley View Pkwy • 816.442.6100 • More fun for your money! Whether it’s a hockey game, soccer game, concert or ice skating outing, there’s no better place for sports, entertainment and recreation than Independence Events Center. Located just off of Interstate 70, Highway 40 and MO 291, Independence Events Center always delivers fast-action excitement, firstclass amenities in a family-affordable environment. Additional information about upcoming events or to purchase tickets visit the Silverstein Eye Centers Box Office at Independence Events Center, call 800.745.3000 or visit For tickets to Missouri Mavericks, call 816.252.7825 or visit For tickets to Missouri Comets, call 816.478.2255 or visit For concert tickets, call 800.745.3000 or visit See ad on page 27.


201 N. Dodgion St. • 816.325.7370 • 41 parks and facilities with sports, classes, programs and activities for young and old.


JULY 2014 - Amazing Women in Puppetry: 1920’s-1950’s SEPT. 2014 -July 2015 - Punch & Judy




Little Blue Trace Walking Trail is accessible from Hartman Heritage Center, Eastland Center and Little Blue Parkway (I-70 and Little Blue Parkway) and extends north to Blue Mills Road (just north of 24 Highway). The pedestrian and bike trails are approximately 14 miles long.


1001 W. Walnut • 816.521.3033 • The Children’s Peace Pavilion is a unique non-sectarian “DO TOUCH” children’s museum designed to empower children of all ages to incorporate peacemaking skills into their everyday lives through creative, hands-on, child-centered activities. Allow 1-2 hours. Hours: Call for reservations and available hours. Open admission Wed and Fri, 1pm-4pm for groups of 5 or less; Other days—Reservations by appt. for groups, scout troops, and families. Generally closed Sundays and most U.S. holidays. Cost: Free (donations are accepted and are tax deductible)


11025 E. Winner Road • 816.833.9777 • Located in the Englewood Arts District, Puppetry Arts Institute is the home of marionettes created by the renowned puppet manufacturer Hazelle Rollins. Featured in the Smithsonian Magazine and AAA publications. Puppet shows presented once a month by guest and in-house puppeteers. Hours: Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm Cost: $5 per person Museum Tour Only: $3 for adults; $1.50 for children under 16

Open Daily May 24 thru August 10 Adventure Oasis Water Park 2100 S. Hub Dr. Independence, MO 64050 (816) 325-SWIM parksandrec/AdvenOasis.aspx

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Over 22,000 acres of land and water recreation including hiking, boating, beaches and historical sites.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2014 Information is subject to change. For current dates and event information, go to

MARCH 14 • Snack, Shop & Stroll on the Square

Independence Square • 116 W. Lexington 816.461.0065 • Hours: 11am-9pm

APRIL 12 • Girls Day Out on the Square

Independence Square • 116 W. Lexington 816.461.0065 • Hours: 11am-6pm Cost: Advance tickets $15, $20 at the door

MAY 3 • Truman Trunk Sale

Independence Square • 116 W. Lexington 816.461.0065 • Hours: 11am-6pm

3 • Buck Days

Truman Library • 500 W. U.S. Highway 24 816.268.8200 In celebration of President Truman’s birthday, admission all day is only $1. Hours: 9am-5pm Cost: $1 for everyone over 6; free for 5 & under.

3 • National Train Day Celebration

Chicago Alton Dept • 318 W. Pacific 816.325.7955 • Operating model trains on display in the Depot all day, and cake and punch from 2-4 p.m. on the lawn. Cost: FreeMAY

8 • Truman's 130th Birthday

Truman Library • 500 W. U.S. Highway 24 816.268.8200 Open at 8:30am, wreath-laying at 9am, birthday cake from 1:30pm ‘til gone and “President Truman” from 1:30–3:30pm Cost: Free from 8:30-10am for wreath laying ceremony; after 10am, $7 seniors, 65+; $8 adults, 16-64; $3 youth, 6-15; free for 5 & under.



JUNE EVERY THURSDAY IN JUNE & JULY Moonlight Movies Pharaoh Theater Parking Lot Hours: 9pm Cost: Free

6 • Sip & Shop Art & Wine Walk Fundraiser

Independence Square • 116 W. Lexington 816.461.0065 • 3rd Annual Art & Wine Walk fundraising event for the preservation and beautification of the historic Independence Square. Hours: 6pm-9pm Cost: Advance tickets $20, $25 at the door

7 • Strawberry Festival

Vaile Mansion • 1500 North Liberty 816.325.7430 100 booths of antiques, crafts, flowering plants, with treats made from more than 600 pounds of strawberries; live music and carriage rides. Hours: 9am-4pm Cost: Free admission to grounds of the mansion. Tours are $6 (Seniors are $5, Students $3) and begin at 10am.

7 • 18th Annual Breakfast on the Trails Bingham-Waggoner Estate • 313 W. Pacific 816.461.3491 • Come! Enjoy a hearty breakfast while supporting one of the historic gems in Independence. Hours: 7am-10am Cost: $8 adults, $5 children 8 and under.

JULY EVERY THURSDAY IN JUNE & JULY Moonlight Movies Pharaoh Theater Parking Lot Hours: 9pm Cost: Free

12 • 27th Annual Antique & Craft Fair

Bingham-Waggoner Estate • 816.461.3491 27th Annual Bingham-Waggoner Antique & Craft Fair. Over 100 antique & craft vendors! Hours: 9am-4pm

CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2014 17 • Up Dog Hot Dog Eating Contest

Pharaoh Theatre parking lot (Corner of Maple & Liberty) Benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs. Cash Prizes & fun for the whole family! Hours: 7pm

AUGUST 8/29 - 9/1 Santa-Cali-Gon® Days Festival

The Independence Square • 816.525.4745 • 800.748.7323 500 craft and 50 food booths, music and carnival. Cost: Free

SEPTEMBER 13 • 2nd Annual "Independence Uncorked" Wine Festival

Bingham-Waggoner Estate 313 W. Pacific • 816.461.3491 Over 1,200 attendees filled the grounds last year of the Bingham-Waggoner Estate in Independence with the premiere of the “Independence Uncorked” Wine Festival. Fifteen wineries, 20 artists, music, and food. Hours: 1pm-6pm Cost: $20 per person

20 • 33rd Annual Pig Pickin'Chicken Lickin' Feast

Bingham-Waggoner Estate • 313 W. Pacific 816.461.3491 • Hours: 4pm-7pm Cost: $15 adults, $6 children 8 and under

OCTOBER 2 • Girls Night Out on the Square

Independence Square • 116 W. Lexington 816.461.0065 • Socializing, spending quality time with friends, prizes, raffles and plenty of great promotional discounts. Hours: 4pm-9pm Cost: Advance tickets $15, $20 at the door

4 • Fireball Run

Independence Square • 116 W. Lexington 816.461.0065 • Forty driving teams compete for bragging rights and a greater cause. This America-sized game is played live routing through Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri ending with the finale in INDEPENDENCE, MO!

10,17,24,31 • Ghost Tours

Independence Square • 116 W. Lexington 816.461.0065 • Tour the 1859 Jail plus a covered wagon tour sharing ghost stories of haunted places. Hours: 8pm-9pm Cost: $18 for adults, $12 for children 7-12

18-20 • 20th Annual Peace Colloquy

Community of Christ Temple • 201 S. River Weekend of workshops, keynotes, worship, youth retreat and children’s activities, including presentation of the Community of Christ International Peace Award to a wellknown peacemaker.

23 • Witch Walk on the Square

Independence Square • 116 W. Lexington 816.461.0065 • Put on your best witchy wear and come join us for a spell! Adult witches only! Prizes to the best hat, best broom & best witch! Visit with a Psychic, go on a scavenger hunt, or taste some “witches brew” (wine tasting). Hours: 5pm-9pm

25 • Halloween Parade & Trick or Treat

Independence Square • 816.461.0065 Hours: Trick or treating from 10am-2pm and parade steps off at 3 p.m.

NOVEMBER 7-8 • Holiday Open House

Independence Square • 116 W. Lexington 816.461.0065 • Hours: 10am-6pm

22 • Independence Square Christmas Tree Lighting

Independence Square • 116 W. Lexington 816.461.0065 • From Noon until 6pm, you can catch a ride on a muledrawn sleigh. The popular Kid’s Winter Wonderland area returns, (from 3pm-5pm), offering free children’s Christmas activities such as letters to Santa, face painting and dancing. Santa from 3:30pm-5pm. Hot kettle corn, hot cocoa and more will be sold. Strolling carolers will entertain the crowd from 4pm-5pm. Program at 5pm with Tree Lighting following.


CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2014 11/28-12/30 • Christmas All Wrapped Up Bingham-Waggoner Estate Hours: Closed December 23-25

11/28-12/30 • Looking Back to a Frontier Christmas

1859 Jail & Marshal’s Home Museum 217 N. Main • 816.461.1897 • Hours: Closed December 23-25

11/28-12/30 • Victorian Winter Christmas Vaile Mansion • 1500 N. Liberty • 816.325.7430 Hours: Closed December 23-25

DECEMBER 7 • Spirit of Christmas Past Twilight Tour 816.325.7111 Bingham-Waggoner Estate, “Christmas All Wrapped Up” and 1859 Jail & Marshal’s Home Museum "Looking Back to a Frontier Christmas"

Hours: 4pm-7pm Cost: Adults $6, Children $3 (16 and under). Tickets to both venues for holiday touring: $15

8 • Advent Worship

Community of Christ Temple • 201 S. River Hours: 7pm

11 • Ugly Sweater Shopping Party

Independence Square • 116 W. Lexington 816.461.0065 • Take a photo of yourself wearing your ugliest Christmas sweater at a notable landmark or business on the Square and post your it on our Facebook page to win a Square gift certificate. Hours: 11am-6pm


ONGOING EVENTS Information is subject to change. For current dates and event information, go to

Every 3rd Friday • Englewood Art Walk Englewood Arts District 10900 E. Winner Rd. • 816.252.3372 Seven galleries. Hours: 5pm-9pm

Every 2nd Saturday Talkin' Truman Programs

Truman Library • 500 W. U.S. Highway 24 Explore the life and times of President Truman. Hours: 11am

Temporary Exhibits at Truman Library Truman Library • 500 W. U.S. Highway 24 “Spies, Lies, and Paranoia: Americans in Fear” March 15 - October 26, 2014; “Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection” November 30 - February 22, 2015. See for more info or call 800.833.1225 or 816.268.8000. Cost: $7 seniors 65+, $8 adults 16 – 64, $3 youth 6 – 15, free for 5 and under.

January-December • Puppet Shows

Puppetry Arts Institute • 11025 E. Winner Rd. 816.833.9777 Puppet shows presented once a month by guest and in-house puppeteers. Show times 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $5 per person regardless of age. For show dates, visit

January-December • Pioneer Programs

National Frontier Trails Museum 318 W. Pacific • 816.325.7575 Learn about different aspects of western history through gallery walks, films, lectures and workshops. Special programs held each month.

The Beverly Hillbillies began in Independence? Yes, Producer Paul William Henning grew up here. All those times Granny mentioned Petey in the show, it was a Shout Out to Petey’s Drugstore, and to Henning’s own Grandma. Despite advice to become a lawyer from Harry Truman, whom he met while working in a drugstore, Henning went on to write for such series as Fibber McGee & Molly, Burns and Allen, The Real McCoys, and The Andy Griffith Show.


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