Harry S Truman House

Well, I had intended to go to the Kansas City Museum today, but alas found out that it is closed for remodeling.  😦  So instead I spent the afternoon in nearby Independence MO at the Harry S Truman House.

This is the house that Bess Truman lived in as a teenager, and Harry and Bess moved in after they got married. After Truman left the White House, he retired to this house and stayed there till he died. And after Bess died ten years later, she willed it to the US Government as a National Historic Site.

Most of downtown Independence is actually a Historic District. It’s like being in a time warp back to the 1950s.

Here are some photos from my visit.

The Truman House. Alas, you can only get inside with a Ranger-guided tour, and there is no photography allowed inside. It is a modest typical-50s house, not much different than my grandmom’s when i was a little kid. Not at all what one would expect from a former President, but that’s the way Truman was. He was an unpretentious “common man”.

Truman statue downtown

The county courthouse where Truman was a judge

The ice cream parlor where Truman had his first job as a kid

Independence is a time warp from the 50s. Small woodframe houses, a church on every corner, no chain stores–and lily-white.

Another reminder–probably inadvertent–of the 50s.



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