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.
Bingham-Waggoner Estate is located on the great Santa Fe Trail. The estate got its name from two past owners. One was the local politician and Civil War artist, George Caleb Bingham. The estate was later moved into by a family owning a nearby flour mill, the Waggoner family. In 1979 the City of Independence began its journey to preserve the 19.5-acre estate, and convert it into both a museum and park. Not only is the property historically beautiful, but interestingly enough if you look closely you can still see the deep tracks left by wagons that once passed by the property. Bingham-Waggoner Estate hosts not only regular tours, but holiday based tours, wedding, and other public events.