Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Independence was the big small town in which Harry Truman grew up, went to school, fell in love, launched his political career, centered his private life for most of his life, and, finally, grew old and, after dying in a Kansas City hospital, was buried. By the time Truman died in 1972, Independence had over 100,000 people and spread over almost 50 square miles. The Square was in decline and many of the old neighborhoods has lost their former prominence. There is no evidence that any of this ever bothered Harry Truman. "The Independence that I knew in 1890," Truman wrote a friend in 1950, "long since disappeared in every particular; the Independence I knew in 1928...has also disappeared; and I suppose the one of the present day will be a thing of the past in another twenty years and that is as it should be."

619 South Crysler Avenue Home909 West Waldo Avenue219 North Delaware StreetColumbian SchoolNoland SchoolOtt School / Independence Public LibraryIndependence High School / Independence Public Library216 North Delaware Street318 North Liberty Street608 North Delaware StreetThe Harpie ClubStreets of IndependenceMemorial BuildingCrown BarbershopGeorge Miller BarbershopClinton's DrugstoreRural Jackson County Democratic ClubRural Jackson County Democratic Club1827 Jackson County Log CourthouseJackson County CourthouseCommunity Savings and LoanHarry S. Truman Library First Presbyterian Church Trinity Episcopal Church Missouri Pacific Railroad StationTruman RoadWoodlawn Cemetary

1. 619 South Crysler Avenue Home 15. Memorial Building
2. 909 West Waldo Avenue Home 16. Crown Barbershop
3. 902 North Liberty Street Home 17. George Miller Barbershop
4. 219 North Delaware Street Home 18. Clinton's Drugstore
5. Noland School 19. & 20. Rural Jackson County Democratic Club
6. Columbian School 21. & 22. Jackson County Courthouse
7. Ott School 23. 1827 Jackson County Log Courthouse
8. Independence High School 24. Community Savings and Loan
9. Independence Public Library 25. Harry S. Truman Library
10. 216 North Delaware Street Noland Home 26. First Presbyterian Church
11. 318 North Liberty Street Noland Home 27. Trinity Episcopal Church
12. 608 North Delaware Street Wallace Home 28. Missouri Pacific Railroad Station
13. The Harpie Club 29. Truman Road
14. Streets of Independence 30. Woodlawn Cemetery

 

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