Independence MO is located just east of Kansas City MO and is the location of the Harry S Truman Museum and Library. We had reservations at the Campus RV Park, a small campground right in the middle of town. We stayed here for 3 nights. The web site instructions for coming from I-435 useTruman Rd, (Hwy 12), which has some low clearances of 12’ 9” west of the RV park The instructions for access from I-70 take you through a downtown like area, which although tedious with stop signs every block, get you there without any low obstructions or difficult turns. I would recommend always approaching from I-70. The sites are almost all back-ins, but the roadway is very wide giving you an easy approach and set-up to back in. The sites are 45’ long concrete pads, although nice, but was a slight problem with our 41’ 5th wheel, having to park our tow vehicle across the front of the rig on the roadway. The staff were very helpful, our site had a bad electrical breaker on the 50 amp circuit which they fixed right away. The RV park is right beside a city sports park with baseball and soccer fields, which make for a nice walking area. The web site lists a dog run, but it is really nothing but a large dog pen, with no room for anything other than a miniature dog to exercise. The internet was unreliable. Major problems connecting and no guarantee of staying connected. When you are connected, it is pitifully slow. There are several train tracks running through town,with trains blowing their horns with great abandon, although none of the tracks are close by
Walking around downtown Independence is almost like walking back in time, with a few exceptions. It has such a small town middle america ambiance. There are many buildings/homes around town that are related to the Truman family, that have been preserved as historic sites
The museum again, was an awe inspiring experience, getting a better understanding of the era and what the man accomplished as president. It struck me at this point after visiting both the Truman and Eisenhower museums, how great these presidents were and what they managed to accomplish, unlike these modern times were presidents spend 95% of their energy fighting either the House of Representative or the Senate and as a result, not managing to get much done.
You can see all of our 2012 Independence MO pictures on Smugmug
Our next destination was going to be Springfield Illinois to see Honest Abe, but we really did not want to go through St. Louis on the way. So we decided to go cross country (so to speak), getting off of the interstates and head towards Bowling Green.
The Cozy C RV Campground is nestled among the hills close to the Mississippi River. It is located between Bowling Green and Louisiana, MO. immediately off of US Highway 54. Hannibal is 25 miles to the north and St. Louis is 90 miles to the south. Clarksville, which is a "crafty” town is located 14 miles away. This is a very pleasant campground. The pull thru’s are very long as there are two sets of hookups so that 2 smaller campers could use the site. The campground is run by a very friendly couple who make you feel welcome. The campground is located right off US 54 but traffic noise isn’t a problem. There is a good dog walking area that runs along the front of the park, by the highway, lots of grass. The town of Bowling Green is very small. There is a Walmart that does not show up on Google Maps, not that I am recommending Walmart, but it is right beside a fuel stop that has better priced diesel. There is also a new family style buffet on the other side of the traffic circle from the Walmart, which isn’t on Google Maps or Yahoo either, but serves really good home style food. You just have to find a place to park amongst the Amish carriages.
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