Independence Travel Guide

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Independence Travel Guide

Independence Local History

In 1869, a band of men, headed by R.W. Wright, left the city of Oswego, Kansas with hopes of finding a favorable spot in the newer regions of the state, and become the founders of a city. Their first attempt to settle was made in Montgomery City, in Drum Creek Township, although they failed to obtain satisfactory arrangements with the town that was already formed there. They decided, at that time, to depend upon their own unaided powers, and to found a city of opposition, that should bear its name and the spirit that prompted its establishment, namely Independence.

Soon, the town was founded and the first building was erected and the first paper called the Independence Pioneer was published. In October of that same year a party of eighteen families of emigrants from Indiana, headed by Samuel Parkhurst, took up quarters in the town. The progress continued and in 1970 the first post office was established. In a short time, the place had outgrown village proportions, offering its people, schools, churches and social and mutual benefit fraternities. In 1872, Independence had grown to a population of 2382 and was officially declared a city of the second class.

Independence Attractions

Independence Parks & Gardens

Elk City State Park Located at 4825 Squaw Creek Rd this park offers hiking trails and mountain bike trails. You will also find playground and many facilities such as, restroom and shower facilities. And if you are seeking for some adventure, the area also has a primitive and modern campsite where you can enjoy nature in its whole splendour. Camping and trail permits are required and available at the State Park office, gate house and self-day station. For more information, visit: or phone: (620) 331-6295.

Elk City Wildlife Area This 12,000 acres area is ideal for wildlife viewing as the region is very abundant. For those who love hunting and fishing, they can practice their favorite sport here but under certain regulations. There also is a camping zone which offers beautiful sunsets, although the area is very limited. For more information on hours, location and permits, phone: (620) 331-6820.

Elk River Hiking Trail At only 7 miles northwest of Independence, Elk River Hiking Trail offers 15 miles of trail starting at west edge of the dam to the Hwy.160 bridge on the Elk River. The area can be quiet relaxing for those who want to enjoy nature, practice some hiking and later on have a picnic at the nearby dam. There is no admission fee but hours vary by season, for more information, phone: (620) 336-2741.

Independence Restaurants and Bars

Independence Restaurants

Brothers Railroad Inn The first Railroad Inn was establish in 1950 and has expanded through the year but has always maintained its family conception. Many generations have preserved the favorite family recipes and offer to their clients delicious homemade pizza and Italian cuisine with signature sauces. With a casual and comfortable atmosphere ideal for the whole family, this restaurant is definitely a must while visiting the city. Brothers Railroad Inn is located at 113 S. Penn, Independence, Kansas 67301. Telephone: (620) 331-3335.

Big Cheese Pizza If you are a pizza lover come and discover this restaurant that also offers a great selection of pastas, garden fresh salad bar and submarine sandwiches. The area is also ideal for birthday parties and there are 2 private rooms available for meetings and conferences. Big Cheese Pizza is located at 103 E. Main in downtown Independence. For reservations please phone: (620) 331-2330.

John's Kitchen & Pub Located in 119 W. Main, this pub offers a casual dining with a comfortable atmosphere. The cuisine is mainly American style with excellent steaks, smoked meats and catfish. Definitely a great place where you can also enjoy cocktails and beverages, although not until late night because the pub closes at 10pm during the weekends.

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