Independence in Missouri

1 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon voyage Reading Time:  5 minutes

Harry S. Truman's Independence home, now part of the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site © Nationalparks/cc-by-sa-2.5

Harry S. Truman’s Independence home, now part of the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site
© Nationalparks/cc-by-sa-2.5

Independence is the 5th most populous city in Missouri and the county seat of Jackson County. Independence is a satellite city of Kansas City, Missouri, and is the largest suburb on the Missouri side of the Kansas City metropolitan area. In 2020, it had a total population of 123,011.   read more…

The Santa Fe National Historic Trail

7 July 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon voyage, Museums, Exhibitions, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks Reading Time:  8 minutes

Map of Santa Fe Trail © US National Park Service

Map of Santa Fe Trail © US National Park Service

The Santa Fe Trail was a 19th-century transportation route through central North America that connected Franklin, Missouri with Santa Fe, New Mexico. Pioneered in 1821 by William Becknell, it served as a vital commercial and military highway until the introduction of the railroad to Santa Fe in 1880. At first an international trade route between the United States and Mexico, it was the 1846 U.S. invasion route of New Mexico during the Mexican-American War.   read more…

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