Independence, Missouri

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The city of Independence is located in the western portion of the US state of Missouri.  Prior to American entanglements, the area was inhabited by Missouri and Osage Native American peoples.  The area was then occupied by Spain and France before it was sold to the United States as a part of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803.  In fact, during the Lewis and Clark Expedition the following year, both explorers “recorded in their journals [they stopped in the area which would become Independence in order to] pick plums, raspberries, and wild apples.”  The city was founded on March 29th, 1827 and was named after the Declaration of Independence.

Today, Independence, Missouri has a total population of 117,255 people, according to a 2015 estimate by the US Census Bureau.  This makes it the fifth-largest city in the state of Missouri.  Independence, Missouri is a satellite city of Kansas City, Missouri and is considered a part of the Kansas City metropolitan area.  According to that same 2015 estimate, the Kansas City metropolitan area has a total population of 2,159,159.  This makes it the 30th most populous metropolitan area in the United States.

Independence, Missouri is perhaps most famous as being the hometown of President Harry S. Truman, the 33rd person to carry the title.  He served as President of the United States from 1945-1953.  In fact, his 10-and-a-half-acre home in Independence is now considered a National Historic Site, run by the National Park Service.  Independence, Missouri is also home to the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum.  The Truman Presidential Library, dedicated on July 6th, 1957, was the first presidential library to be created under the provisions of the 1955 Presidential Libraries Act.  The Truman Presidential Library is also one of thirteen presidential libraries “administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.”

Independence, Missouri also has a long history as one of the central hubs for the Latter Day Saint movement.  In fact, Temple Lot, located within the city, constituted the first site dedicated specifically for the construction of a temple for that movement.  Temple Lot was consecrated in 1831 by the founder (and prophet) of the movement, Joseph Smith, Jr.

In tandem, Independence, Missouri also serves as the home of the Midwest Genealogy Center, which is part of the Mid-Continent Public Library.  The Midwest Genealogy Center, which was inaugurated on June 21st, 2008, “is the largest stand-alone public genealogy research facility in America.”  It is housed in a 52,000-square-foot (4,800 meters squared) building and contains “80,000 family history books, 100,000 local history items, 565,000 rolls of microfilm, and 7,000 maps.”

Independence, Missouri is also home to two sports franchises, one of which play their home games at the Independence Events Center.  Central Hockey League’s Missouri Mavericks were founded in 2009 and have two regular season titles to their names.  Major Arena Soccer League, the top level of professional indoor soccer, also has a team in the area, the Missouri Comets.  The Missouri Comets play their home matches in Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.

Do you own a small business in the Independence, Missouri area?  Are you by any chance thinking about it?  These resources could prove useful to you:

Apply for a Business License in Independence, Missouri

Ennovation Center: Independence, Missouri

Independence, Missouri Chamber of Commerce

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