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Jul 28, 2018 - Independence, MO - Harry Truman's Home

We had a 3 ½ hour drive today from Des Moines, IA to Independence, MO, which is a suburb of Kansas City. We are pretty much driving south on I-35, which is interesting, as this is the freeway that goes through our town in Texas. Definitely heading home, but we still have 3 weeks on the road. It was pretty cloudy when we left and the farther south we went the darker it got. When we got to the “Welcome to Missouri” sign, the picture I took was through a rainy windshield. But the good news is that the cloud cover and rain are keeping the...

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Aug 28, 2017 - The Truman Library

. Leaving Branson, Missouri, we headed north on highway 65 for about 220 miles, and arrived at the Walmart in Independence late on Saturday afternoon. Finding a good spot at the far east end of the parking lot, right across the street from a Perkins restaurant, our satellite dome was pointed straight to the southern sky, ideal for catching all three Dish Network satellites. . The Harry S Truman Presidential Library was about 10 miles away, it opened at noon on Sunday, and we were there in line when the man with the keys opened the door....

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Aug 25, 2017 - The Trails Await

In the 1840s few Europeans lived west of the Mississippi River. The Louisiana Purchase in 1803 had roughly doubled the size of the United States, but the great plains were covered with Indian nations. Spain controlled the South-west, and England had claims to the North-west. But in the 1840s nearly half a million Americans moved into the disputed territories and they changed the history of the continent. The National Frontier Trails Museum tells the story and prepared us for our journey. The city of Independence on the Missouri River was a...

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Aug 24, 2017 - Middle America

Today took us across the traditional heartland of America. We crossed the state of Missouri via I-70, from St Louis to Kansas City. We passed through vast fields of corn and other crops, traversed the rambling Missouri River twice, and went up and down wooded hills. There are not many cities along this route. Towns are simple and filled with hard working folk. One such hard working man was Harry Truman. Raised on a farm outside Kansas City, the farm failed and he found work in the city. He also found a wife, Bess Wallace of Independence....

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Jun 25, 2016 - Wrapping up our stay in Missouri

We’ve been traveling through Missouri for almost a month now and we’ll soon be heading west. The latest city we visited was Independence which is about 10 miles east of Kansas City. With its brick houses, narrow streets, trees, grass, and humidity, it felt like a city on the east coast. Watching the fireflies or “lightning bugs” as we called them when we were kids, I had flashbacks of growing up in New Jersey and trying to capture them. Independence is chock full of history. It was the point of departure for the California, Oregon and Santa...

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Jul 7, 2015 - But wait, there is more!

Just when we didn't think it was possible to squeeze in one more location on Laurapalooza, sak outdoes himself and finds there actually is something in the Independence location where Carrie was born. And stuff doesn't change so much around these parts that some socialogist/anthropologist/lauralogist drilled into the county papers and found the property between Dr Tann (a black doctor who saved the Ingalls bacon from malaria through an unrequested housecall when all were on death's door) and Mr Edwards' property. And they even located the...

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May 9, 2015 - Independence, Missouri

From McKinney, we drove to Thackerville, OK and spent 3 days, then drove to Tahlequah, OK. We continued our bad ways and didn't take any pictures. In Thackerville we went to the Winstar Casino and had our free senior breakfast. It just isn't as good as it used to be. When in Tahlequah we visited with Wes and Tonia, ate most meals out and spent some time seeing their new fifthwheel and the improvements to their property in the country. We even watched a couple of movies with them in thier house. I guess we forget to take pictures because we...

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Apr 19, 2015 - Independence Missouri

It did rain most of the night but now it has quit for a while, the weather people are saying it will rain most of the day, but we know how that goes. We waited around until so we could visit the Harry S Truman Presidential Library because it is only open today from noon to five. The library was another great stop for us on this trip. We will probably try and get to all the Presidential Libraries around the country during our travels. This will make the third on this trip plus we did visit the Lyndon B Johnson Ranch, The Texas White House...

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2015 Westward Ho

Apr 18, 2015 - Independence Missouri

Our day started out hearing the rain pitter patting on the roof of the motorhome. The weather this weekend is not predicted to be very good with rain each day. We were planning on going downtown Kansas City today but not with the weather the way it is. We did visit the Harry S Truman Visitor Center downtown Independence. The Truman home was open today so we went the few blocks to the home that Harry Truman lived in before he was President and after he was President. It was a simple house but back in those times simple was good. Toured the...

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2015 Westward Ho

Apr 17, 2015 - Independence Missouri

Our short trip today will only be about 140 miles, which is what we like to travel for the day. Of course it takes us a while to cover that distance. Our first stop was Butler Missouri at the Osage Pecan Company to buy some chocolate covered pecans and just some plain ones, they are both so good. Next we stopped at Nevada Missouri to wash the motorhome, we must have collected all the bugs yesterday on our trip to Carthage. Our next stop was the Costco store in Independence Missouri before we got to the campground. Had to buy Bill O’Reilly’s...

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Nov 6, 2014 - Independence, MO and the Harry S Truman Library

11-6-14 A visit to the Harry Truman Library, Independence, MO Been enjoying getting up slow and not having to drive all day. Also enjoying the nice weather. It’s cool at nights (in the mid to low 40s) but sunny and mild during the day (60s). There is wind (this is the Midwest, afterall), but that keeps things from seeming too hot. Today Julie, Joann, and I had breakfast at the same place (First Watch), why change if you have a good place. Then it was over the river into Independence, MO to visit the Harry S Truman Library which is also a...

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Sep 8, 2014 - Independence, MO

We arrived at Independence, Missouri(MO) about 1:00 pm were here for 3 nights. Good drive from Abilene,Kansas. We took Hwy 70 so we made good time. Still not much traffic for a main hwy. We came to low rolling hills and could see forever. Lots of freeway construction like at home. As we approached Kansas City, Kansas it is a BIG city lots of traffic and then we crossed the Kansas River(looks big) and then were in Kansas City, Missouri (no signs saying welcome to Missouri)but it is still a large city sharing and lot space. I figured we were...

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