Due to its proximity to Kansas City, Independence has all of the amenities of a large metropolitan area while still maintaining a great hometown atmosphere. Although it still has a small-town feel, Independence is the fourth-largest city in the Missouri. Independence is also the county seat of Jackson County, although a small portion of the city also falls within Clay County.Like many cities in the Kansas City metro are, Independence is rich in historical significance. Independence was founded on March 29, 1827, and quickly became a vital frontier town. Known as the "Queen City of the Trails," Independence was an important stop on the California, Oregon and Santa Fe Trails. Independence is also the hometown of President Harry S. Truman and where he began his political career. There are several historical landmarks in Independence, including the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site, the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library, and the National Frontier Trails Center. There are also many modern day amenities and attractions including the Adventure Oasis Water Park, the new Independence Event Center, nearby Arrowhead Stadium, and over 21,000 acres of outdoor fun made possible by Jackson County Parks and Recreation. If you still have time on your hands with all of these amazing activities, spend some time shopping at either the brand-name stores at Independence Mall or at the myriad of local shops that line Independence Square.
Independence Animal Hospital is located at 300 S Noland Rd in Independence. This is the veterinarian that I have taken many pets to. I have used a ton of vets in my life but this one is the fastest, cheapest, and the best one I have ever gone to. As long as I live around the area, I will never go to a different one. The staff is super nice and they all make you feel like they really care about your pet. Right now they have curbside appointments that make it really easy to get in and out of there as they come out to your car to get your animal. In my mind, it's a lot less stress on your pet. Besides the great staff and caring people, they have very reasonable rates. In fact, the cheapest I've ever found.