Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of The First Civil War Battle of Independence, MO, Saturday, August 11, 2012 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Marker Dedication: Independence and the Westward Trails The historic McCoy Neighborhood greets special guests from the National Park Service for the unveiling of five panels that interpret the pioneer trails history related to McCoy Park and the City of Independence. The panels (These panels, you guys, feature three of my paintings. How cool is that? One is pictured here, of Hiram Young's yoke & wagon manufactory c. 1850. Mr. Young was a real-life success story hereabouts. Started his life 200 yrs ago, enslaved in Tennessee. Became a businessman & craftsman, a respected employer, prosperous & free. provide educational opportunities for neighbors, citizens, and visitors to the Park, located south of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum. This event is free and open to the public. With limited parking, please walk to the Park, or ride a shuttle bus from the large parking lot at Truman & Main Streets. 10 a.m. to Noon Civil War living history re-enactment and book signings
1859 Jail, Marshal’s Home and Museum
217 N Main Street
Museum admission applies
Civil War-era fashion show, lecture series, and book signings
National Frontier Trails Museum
318 W Pacific
Museum admission applies
9 and 11 a.m. (starting times)
1 and 3 p.m. (starting times)
Mule-drawn wagon rides and battlefield tours
4:45 p.m. (starting time)
Chuck Wagon Tour
Admission includes a tour of the route taken by troops during the battle in a mule-drawn, covered wagon; see houses still marked with bullet holes from the battle; pass by the McCoy House where fleeing soldiers sought refuge (and broke out all the windows for a place to sharpshoot); and, a tour the 1859 Jackson County Jail (today the 1859 Jail, Marshal’s Home and Museum) (where the Union Provost Marshal was stationed during the battle). The last tour of the day, a chuck wagon tour, includes all of the above PLUS a barbecue meal provided by Independence’s own Elena’s Fine Catering, and a concert of Civil War-era music by Pick & Hammer. Battlefield tours are $30/adult and $15/children; Chuck Wagon tour is $40/adult; $20/children. For more information, or to secure your seat in the wagon, visit their website or call 816.254.2466.
Enjoy trolley rides, including through the historic McCoy neighborhood, around town running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Step on and step off all day long…all for $1. Trolley departs every 25 to 35 minutes from 217 N Main (across from the 1859 Jail Museum).