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Stately Courthouse Surrounded by Commerce on All Sides

The Truman Visitors Center is on Main Street off the Square. Plenty of free parking. Although there... read more

Reviewed August 8, 2018
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Historic Town Square

Independence is full of history, from the western trails to the Civil War to Harry Truman. Plenty... read more

Reviewed July 28, 2018
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Reviewed August 8, 2018 via mobile

The Truman Visitors Center is on Main Street off the Square. Plenty of free parking. Although there is little pedestrian traffic and about half the storefronts are vacated, we chose to walk around. Sad that this area is on the decline. It must have been...More

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Reviewed August 1, 2018

We have been here many times and are always pleased with the walk and views. The court house renovation was complete so we were able to take the tour inside; WOW!

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Reviewed July 28, 2018 via mobile

Independence is full of history, from the western trails to the Civil War to Harry Truman. Plenty of historic sites and informative signs downtown, as well as shops, a soda fountain, a movie theater, and wagon tours.

1  Thank AndyKansasCity
Reviewed July 23, 2018

Quaint town square, with lots to see! Everyone must try some Polly Pops soda or shake from Clinton's!

Thank Dawn M
Reviewed July 22, 2018

Plenty of historic shops surrounding the building; the building is based on the Liberty Square building.

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Reviewed July 21, 2018

The courthouse is very impressive as are the statues. It's an interesting area and I'm sure we'll explore it further.

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Reviewed July 10, 2018

We had coffee, we walked, we shopped, we had a chocolate sunday. I felt like I went back in time. Great morning before we visited the Truman Library.

1  Thank jimvet1826
Reviewed June 29, 2018

I needed to go to the courthouse. My boyfriend suggested that we walk around the square. There are quaint shops but not a lot of variety - about four places to eat (two ice cream/yoghurt places). This is nice for a walk but not a...More

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Reviewed June 25, 2018 via mobile

Went June 16 on a Saturday great place to take a 8 and 12 yr old we walked around learned some history ate some really good food and ice cream

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Reviewed June 25, 2018

If you plan on visiting from out of town, don't expect to find anything to do here on a weekend. Came here on Saturday afternoon to find it empty, shops closed for the weekend. Why? With a town so steeped in American history, why is...More

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Response from Christine G | Reviewed this property |
It really is a square- businesses all around the perimeter. RV parking might present a challenge, depending on what day you are there.