Independence Blast

On August 30, 1904, the Great Olympic Marathon debacle unfolds at the Summer Olympic Games in St. Louis, Mo.


July 6, 1957

On this date in 1957, the Harry S. Truman Library opened in Independence. 


Covered wagon stopped under a sunny, blue sky.

December 13, 1798

This is the birthday of Joseph Rutherford Walker, one of the greatest of all the westward explorers and a Missourian from Independence.


October 28, 1884

Near Independence, Mrs. John Oliver walked into a closet where her husband stored blasting powder.  A spark from her pipe ... you can guess the rest.