Bob & Elsie's Adventures travel blog

Kansas City, Missouri skyline

Independence Courthouse on Independence Square

Community of Christ Temple

The Peace Fountain and the Community of Christ Auditorium

The "Colonel's" House in Missouri Town 1855

Sheep at Missouri Town 1855

Missouri Town 1855

Typical home-Missouri Town 1855


This last week we stayed at Trailside RV Park in Grain Valley, Missouri. It is a nice enough park near the interstate just east of Kansas City and Independence, Missouri. The weather was really nice, not too hot, and not too cool. We didn’t do a lot of sight seeing this week except for a day trip to Independence, where Harry Truman’s home and Presidential Library are located and another trip to a living history museum called Missouri Town 1855. There is a lot of history in this area. Independence is where thousands of pioneers began their journey west. The three major routes to the west, the Santa Fe, the California and the Oregon Trails all began in Independence and the area around Independence Square is where pioneers obtained the needed supplies for their trips. Not far from Independence Square is the International headquarters of the Community of Christ Church, with a large Temple and Auditorium that are very impressive. Harry Truman announced that the United States would become a signatory to the United Nations at the auditorium and across the street from the auditorium is the United Nations Peace Plaza and Fountain. The only other Plaza in the world dedicated to the United Nations is in New York City.

Missouri Town 1855 is located in Blue Springs, Missouri on 30 acres in a County Park on Lake Jacomo, one of several lakes in the area. There were several volunteers dressed in period costume and portraying towns people. A local school was on a field trip while we were there otherwise since is not officially tourist season the volunteers might not have been there. Like all of the living history museums we have been to, this one was very well done and the town appeared much like one that would have been in existence in Missouri prior to the Civil War.

We spent the rest of the week checking our some antique and shopping malls and one evening we went to a Mexican Restaurant called the Salty Iguana. It was kind of neat, the walls were decorated with large murals of cartoon Iguanas dressed as various characters including the Kansas City Royals baseball team.

Next stop on our journey to South Dakota, Nebraska City, Nebraska.



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