Welcome to Historic Independence, named for Independence, Missouri where the wagon trains started on their long journey west. If you're a die-hard history buff or just a casual admirer of "old things" we have something for everyone. Download our Historic District Walking Tour, listed below, for a pleasant stroll through our historic neighborhoods. Want to dig deeper into Independence's history and architecture? Take a look at our interactive Google map which has photos and historical information about every property in the district. Note down the properties you're interested in and then go see them in person! If you still want to get more detailed, make sure to stop by the Independence Heritage Museum. In addition to their exhibits and artifacts from the city's early history, the museum has a large collection of old newspapers, photographs and other information about the community. Take a look and explore our community's past and present.