Today we visited the National Frontier Trails Museum. When the western part of the USA opened up after the Louisiana Purchase, Independence, Missouri was the starting point for the Santa Fe Trail, the Oregon Trail, and the California Trail. Later on, the Mormons started there too, but they chose a slightly different route due to persecution.
Just so you know I was there, I had Cliff take a picture of me in front of a mural.
This cracks me up. People familiar with Kansas City will have to laugh when they read that last paragraph: Westport hasn't changed a bit! Click on any of these shots to make them bigger.
Cliff's in this picture, standing up against the old depot. This was closed, probably for the winter. We peeked in the windows, though.
People not familiar with this area might find this spot of interest: It's the headquarters for the Community of Christ. I still think of them as RLDS. You can take a virtual tour HERE if you like.