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.
The Bass Pro Shop in Independence is conveniently located near the intersection of I-70 and M-291 Hwy. This expansive store houses everything you could want for any and all of your outdoor activities. Whether you are passionate about hunting, fishing, boating, camping, hiking, or bird-watching, Bass Pro Shop has all the supplies you will need. Even if you don't need to shop, there are impressive nature displays that include many different animals and naturally flowing waterways to appeal to your senses. And if that is not enough, check out the massive fish tanks that house some of Missouri's native fish species. If you are feeling more tropical, stop into the restaurant located on the lower level and enjoy a delicious meal while watching the colorful fish in the giant saltwater tank. With everything they have to offer, Bass Pro Shop is a "must stop and enjoy" location.