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1. Fire Station # 1
223 North Main


Designed by architect Hal Wheelock. Built in 1928 by J.E. Dunn, contractor. This city building was renovated for use as a Ticket Center and offices for the Nation Park Service in 1983-84.

2. 1859 Jail and Marshal's Home
217 North Main


Open for tours by the Jackson County Historical Society. The two-story brick house on the street was home for the Marshal and the two-story stone jail is attached to the rear of the house. The early 20th century two-story brick addition is now used for offices and museum exhibit space and the original kitchen is the gift shop.

3. Clinton Drugstore Building
100 West Maple


Constructed by G.W. Clinton as a commercial block after fire destroyed the earlier building in 1906. Clinton Drugstore relocated into the corner building after the fire.

4. Jackson County Courthouse
112 West Lexington


The 1932-33 renovation and expansion plans bear the name of Harry S Truman as presiding judge. This building incorporated parts of all preceding brick courthouses on this site.

5. Truman Barber Shop
417 West Maple (Private)


The original shop was located at 214 North Main Street. This brick shop addition to the Miller Home was made about 1965, and their shop moved here. George was Harry's barber, and Doris was Bess's hairdresser.

6. Memorial Building
416 West Maple


Built as the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building in 1926, with Alonzo H. Gentry as architect and M.T. Colgan as builder. This building served as a community center until it closed in 1996. Harry Truman, a World War I veteran, oversaw its dedication on July 4, 1926. Complete restoration and rehabilitation was completed in 2002 so residents could use the facilities for meetings, dances, performances, and athletic events.

7. First Presbyterian Church
100 North Pleasant


Designed by the firm of Nier, Hogg, and Byram and built by local contractors Christian Yetter and J.W. Adams in 1888. Features three elaborate rose windows in gable ends. The education wing was added in 1924.

8. Bundschu House
601 West Maple (Private)


Built for Anton J. Bundschu around 1890 and remodeled by the family after 1907 to update the home and make it less Victorian. The Bundschu Store was built by this family on the east side of the square in 1928.

9. Ginkgo Tree
611 West Maple


A registered historic tree first marked by the Independence Garden Club in 1931. Truman was fond of this old tree and often told it that it was doing a good job on his walks.

10. Joseph T. Noland House
216 North Delaware


A Queen Anne Cottage constructed over a 25-year period between 1858 and 1880. It was the home for Anthony Slack from 1865 until he built a large Queen Anne house on the ground to the north. In 1900 the Noland family rented the house and then bought it in 1908. It remained in the family name until sale to the National Park Service in 1986.

11. Truman Home
219 North Delaware


Built in several stages. George Potterfield Gates purchased this property with a small one-story house in 1867 and later built a two-story addition. By 1886, the large Queen Anne front addition had been constructed by the Gates. His daughter, Margaret Gates married David Wallace in 1883. Their daughter, Elizabeth (Bess) Virginia Wallace married Harry S Truman in 1919. This house remained the Truman's home until Bess's death in 1982.

12. Leonard/Choplin House
304 North Delaware


Built as a small brick two-room house in 1853. The Italianate two-story brick front was added in 1858. Home to a number of families prior to 1921, it was occupied by the Choplin family for more than 70 years. It was damaged in 1994 when the front wall collapsed because of foundation drainage problems and was successfully rehabilitated through community efforts.

13. Buchanan House
310 North Delaware (Private)


Spanish Colonial Revival House built in 1926 as a duplex for Mrs. Ella W. Buchanan and her daughter and son-and-law, Frances and Ora C. Myers. Purchased by P.D. and Pearle Bush in 1945 who later deeded it to their twin daughters Virginia and Elizabeth Bush. Elizabeth married Carl H. Sapper Jr. in 1955. They lived there until the property sold in 1992 to LaVonne E. Moore.

14. Compton House
318 North Delaware


Built by architect Robert L. McBride in 1913 and occupied by the Sollars family in the 1910s; the Dunn family in the 1920s and 1930s, Polly Compton in the 1960s and 1970s. A good example of Craftsman/Prairie style architecture.

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16. Kelly/Etzenhouser House
426 North Delaware (Private)


The Kelly family moved into this 1910 home built for the Baldwin family. Charles Kelly was a Jackson County deputy sheriff for several years. It is a four square craftsman style home that has a hipped roof with bellcast eaves.

17. Sawyer/Jennings House
510 North Delaware (Private)


Built in 1887 as designed by T. B. Smith for the Aaron Sawyer family. Aaron's son, Lock H. Sawyer, sold the house to the Frank Jennings family in the early 1920s. It was honored by the Jackson County Historical Society in 1976 for their preservation efforts. Rehabilitated in 1995, it is one of the few brick Queen Anne houses remaining in Independence.

18. Bostian House
602 North Delaware (Private)


An 1887 frame Queen Anne that was built by W.T. Cooper and was home to Maria J. Fletcher, a widow who took in boarder. The house was sold to the Bostonian Family in 1905.

19. Bess Truman Home Site
610 North Delaware (Private)


This stately old Burr Oak once stood in the front yard of the Wallace Home before that house was replaced by the present building in 1922. "Bess" Wallace and her parents lived on this site form 1887 to 1903. Bess and her mother moved into the Gates/Wallace House at 219 N. Delaware that year.

20. Thice/Twachman House
618 North Delaware (Private)


This English Cottage house was built before 1916 for the McDavitt family who operated a drug company on the Courthouse Square. The Thice family, both practicing lawyers, lived here for several years.

21. Bullane/Choplin House
702 North Delaware (Private)


A two-story Queen Anne house dating from 1887. Features many stained glass windows, a corner tower, a bay window and a wrap-around porch. Sited on a double corner lot.

22. The "Neck"
Delaware & Bess Truman Pkwy


Refers to the African-American neighborhood that once occupied this valley. It was platted as the Hendrickson Addition, Davis Place and the Atkinson Addition between 1858 and 1888 with small narrow lots that provided space for the domestic help for middle class families of Delaware Street. McCoy Park and Bess Truman Parkway were created after the Truman Library was located to the north.

23. Truman Presidential Musuem & Library
US 24 Hwy and North Delaware


Designed by Gentry, Voscam, Neild and Somdal of Louisiana. Henry J. Massman and Slavatore Patti companies built it in 1956-57. In 1967 a southern wing for offices was added and the courtyard was enclosed in 1972. A major renovation and expansion was completed in 2001.

24. Stewart House
635 North Delaware (Private)


A 1937 frame house that was home to the Stewarts for several decades. Bryon A. Stewart was co-owner of the Stewart Electric Company and an attorney with partner John W. Clements.

25. Sea/Hare House
633 North Delaware (Private)


1937 Tudor Revival house built for Hiram and Julie Sea. He was a lawyer who worked as manager of the John Sea Abstract Company. The George M. Hare family purchased this house in 1951. It was sold out of the Hare family in 2001.

26. Mize Peters House
631 North Delaware (Private)


Built ca. 1905 and home to several families before Mize R. Peters lived here from 1924 to the early 1950s. He ran a drug store on the Courthouse Square.

27. Fullerton House
627 North Delaware (Private)


Frame home for the Abraham Myers family when firs The Boston archi tectural firm of Sturgis and Brigham are credited with the design of the early Gothic Revival Church. Local contractors William M. Randell did the brick work, P. Morgan did the foundation, and J.W. Adams was the carpenter. Harry and Bess were married here on June 28, 1919; Margaret Truman married Clifton Daniel on April 21, 1956; and Mrs. Truman's funeral was held here in 1982.

41. Frank Wallace House
601 West Truman Road (Not open to the Public)


Bungalow built on what had been part of a pasture and garden plot for the Gates/Wallace house. Frank and Natalie Wallace lived here until 1960. This and the adjoining home of his brother have always been considered part if the Wallace/Truman family complex. It is now part of the Truman National Historic Site.

42. George Wallace House
605 West Truman (Not open to the public)


Bungalow built for George and Mary Frances (May) Wallace before their marriage in 1916. He worked for the Jackson County Highway Department for 27 years. The side yard of this house was once also part of the Gates/Wallace house grounds. It is now part of the Truman National Historic Site.

43. Truman Boyhood Home
909 West Waldo (Private)


1886 Queen Anne home to young Harry Truman for six years. The area around this house changed from rural to urban after the Truman family left in 1902. The house was changed with the addition made to the east end and the removal of the wrap around porch. What had been garden and carriage house areas are now other home sites.

44. Harpie Club
101 North Main (Upper floors private)


Independence Harmonicon Society met on the upper floors of this building. The building was remodeled and enlarged around 1921 for the Farmers and Merchants Bank on the first floor. After the bank closed, the building housed a drug store, a confectionary store, and a loan company at street level. Professional offices were located on the upper floors.

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