Preserving History 

One Building At A Time

Welcome to Historic Independence, Oregon, named for Independence, Missouri where the wagon trains on the Oregon Trail 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.

About the Historic District

The properties within the Historic District were classified as contributing or non-contributing buildings based on considerations including: the building style, the type and number of alterations, the building materials, the setbacks and the number of stories.

Local History

The City of Independence formed the Independence Historic District in 1989 to celebrate the community’s heritage.

M-I History Project

Two compilations that make it easier for people to learn about the history of Monmouth and Independence were recently prepared and are now available on the websites of the cities.

Construction in Historic District

Actions altering, removing, or demolishing a historic resource, or constructing a new building within the historic district.

Restoration Resources

Resources are available for historic property owners to thoughtfully and properly repair and maintain a historic property.

Helpful Links

There are several resources related to history and historic preservation available.

Cairn’s Weaver Award Winners

Since 2021, the Independence Historic Preservation Commission has awarded the Cairn’s Weaver award to exceptional preservation projects

Interactive Map

Includes photos and historical information for every property in the district.

Historic Walking Tour

Offers historic details about properties for individuals that would like to take a pleasant stroll through our historic neighborhoods.

Heritage Museum

Exhibits and artifacts from the city’s early history.