Things to Do

Pioneer Trails Adventures & Wagon Tours

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Ride on the Oregon Trail out of Independence, Missouri!
Ralph Goldsmith, Owner/Operator
Truman Courthouse, Independence Missouri

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. Check website for details.
217 N. Main St.
Independence, MO 64050

Additional Information

Travelers With Disabilities Information
Not Wheelchair Accessible
Smoking Policy
Smoking Unrestricted
Activities On-site
Historic District
Activities Within 10 Miles
Historic District
Cost Of Admission
Discounts Offered
Military Discount
General Interest Info
Open Seasonally Only
Group Policy
Advance Contact Required
Guest Reservations Needed?
Reservations Required
Pet Policy
Pets On Leash Allowed
Pets Welcome / No Fee
Service Animals Welcome
Suitable For These Age Groups
All Ages
Types Of Payment Accepted
American Express Card