At night when the sounds of a busy suburb have finally been quieted, you can hear the occasional blast of a train whistle in the distance. Staying in a 112 year-old house means memories of long-ago are around every corner, so when the train comes through the neighborhood our guests aren’t annoyed, they’re “transported.” They comment that it reminds them of a time when life was lived at a slower pace, or of a special vacation they took, or of a historical event.
Independence, Missouri is rich with American history stretching from the early 1800’s through the dynamic presidency of Harry S Truman. Many of our guests are here because they wish to revisit that history.
The trains coming through Independence rumble by the Missouri Pacific/Truman Depot which was built in 1912 – one hundred years ago! According to the Independence Missouri Historic Landmarks Walking Tour the depot “is significant as an example of model depot construction, and for its rich associations with President Truman. Truman, a frequent passenger on the Missouri Pacific Railroad, became famous for his 1948 “Whistle Stop” campaign against presidential candidate Thomas E. Dewey.” Still in use today, the depot was restored by the City of Independence in the 1990s and houses the Amtrak station and genealogy library. The Truman Depot is just one of the many historic attractions drawing visitors to Independence every day.
When you’re planning your trip to visit the sights and sounds of historic Independence, Missouri, make your lodging arrangements with us through our online reservation system. We’d love to share some Hawthorn Bed & Breakfast history with you, too.
Jim and Wendy Allen
Innkeepers at Hawthorn Bed and Breakfast, our
Bed and Breakfast in Independence MO