Historic Map - Independence, MO - 1868
Bird's eye view of the city of Independence, Jackson Co., Missouri 1868. Drawn by A. Ruger.
Reproduction map of the city known as Independence, MO, drawn by Prussian born Albert Ruger. Independence had originally been inhabited by Osage and Missouri Indians. Later it became part of the Louisiana Purchase. Lewis and Clark reportedly picked plums and wild apples there. Members of the Latter Day Saints then settled in, determined to make the area its new Jerusalem. This map, portrayed 35 years after the Latter Day Saints were ousted, closely followed two destructive battles during the American Civil War. Independence was beginning to rebuild. It had always been an important frontier town as it was the farthest point westward along the Missouri River where vessels could dock, accommodating merchants and travelers to merge westward along the Santa Fe Trail. Following the Civil War Independence was slow to recover. Although the growth of nearby Kansas City overshadowed Independence's, it remained the county seat of Jackson County, as it does today. We know it as the home of Harry Truman and Ginger Rogers, but at the time of this map Independence's Jail was probably home to the likes of Frank James and William Clarke Quantrill.
The map features clearly labeled street names with lively scenes of railroad, carriage and pedestrian traffic. It features inset illustrations of Public School and Court House.
Complete reference list below.
Features numbered references to the following locations:
- Court House
- County Jail
- Public School
- Catholic School
- Market House
- Engine House
- W. P. R. W. Depot
- Baptist Church
- H. S. Baptist Church
- Colored Baptist Church
- Christian Church
- Catholic Church
- Methodist E. Church
- Methodist S. Church
- Colored Methodist
- Cumberland Presbyterian Church
- O. S. Presbyterian Church
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