Well before Harry Truman moved to town, Independence was playing a pivotal role in our nation’s history. The city was seen as a “jumping off” point for several westward trails, including the Oregon, California and Santa Fe, and two Civil War battles were fought in the city, where an 1859 jail once housed outlaw Frank James.
Located in the historic Independence Fire Station No. 1, this is the place to obtain tickets for touring the Truman home in Independence.
The visitor center contains an audio/visual program about Harry Truman's home life, exhibits of objects from the Truman home, a bookstore and restrooms.
Closed New Year's, Thanksgiving, Christmas days.
The dungeon-like cells of the jail housed thousands of prisoners during the bloodiest time in Jackson County's history, including Frank James and William Quantrill. An 1870s schoohouse completes the site. Closed November and January-March.
A Kansas City barbecue tradition since 1946. Gates Bar-B-Q will satisfy your craving for a truly unique and satisfying barbecue experience. A major reason for the success of Gates Bar-B-Q is their barbecue sauce: sauces and seasonings are sold in the restaurant, and in many grocery stores.
Award-winning barbecue is served cafeteria style.