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Pioneer Trails Adventures & Wagon Tours

Climb aboard an old west mule-drawn, covered wagon for an easy tour of the Independence Square, home of three historic "westward ho" trails.

Several historical itineraries are offered. They might include: two Civil War battle sites; the 1859 Jail that held Frank James; the slave-built 1827 courthouse; the home where Bess Truman was born; and Clinton's Soda Fountain, where Harry Truman had his first job.

Crisscross two overlapping battlefields, where your driver points out what happened there; circle the Bingham-Waggoner estate, where the artist George Caleb Bingham destroyed a general with a paint brush; pass the 1879 train depot where Frank James stepped off of the train on his way to jail; roll through the wagon swales left in the ground by pioneer wagons going west.

Other possibilities include school field trips, group tours, and a chuck wagon feast may be included for groups of 15 or more (must plan in advance).

Live an adventure with every turn of the corner on our museum on wheels!

Note: address is the 1859 Jail and is the pick-up point for the historical tour.


Open Seasonally
March — December
Weekdays   09:00AM — 04:00PM
Saturday   09:00AM — 04:00PM
217 N. Main St.
Independence, MO 64050

Additional Information

Open Seasonally Only
Not Wheelchair Accessible
Smoking Unrestricted
All Ages
Historic District
Service Animals Welcome
Pets Welcome / No Fee
Pets On Leash Allowed
American Express Card
Military Discount
Reservations Required
Advance Contact Required
Historic District

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