Independence, Colorized

Independence, Colorized

Independence, Colorized

Which sounds longest? 73,000 days, 2,400 months, or 200 years?

No matter how you look at it, Missouri officially reached its bicentennial on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, and we’re happy to celebrate this milestone in our state’s history. 🎉

Several chapters of the history of Missouri, and even our nation, have played out in Independence. First, it was traders and trappers, then it was the pioneers. Later, it was a president.

It’s a colorful history but one that was mostly captured in black and white.

As part of our celebration of Missouri’s 200th birthday, we used artificial intelligence to colorize a handful of historic photos of Independence Square, provided by the Jackson County Historical Society and the Missouri State Historical Society.

The photos really bring our history back to life, don’t you think?

Before After

The Truman Courthouse

The Truman Courthouse anchors the Independence Square. It’s gone through many iterations over the years, but looks much like it does today in this photo.

Before After

Liberty and Maple Streets

This photo was taken looking southwest. The photographed block of stores is now home to Up Dog and Gilbert Whitney & Co.

Before After

Valentine's Day

The Square was piled up with snow on Valentine’s Day in 1894.

Before After

Courthouse Exchange

The Courthouse Exchange has been in business on the Square since 1899.

Before After

Parade Float

A parade float for local realtor G.W. Clinton. First Baptist Church is in the background.

Before After Quantrill Raiders Reunion Black and WhiteQuantrill Raiders Reunion Colorized

Quantrill Raiders Reunion

Photograph of survivors of Quantrill’s Raiders taken in Independence, Missouri, on south side of the square.

Before After Harry Truman Outside the Truman Home Black and WhiteHarry Truman Outside the Truman Home Colorized

Harry at the Truman Home

Harry S. Truman in front of his home, standing at front gate talking to man, complete front of house in view

Before After Pleasant Street Black and WhitePleasant Street Colored

Pleasant Street

A 1904 photograph showing view of Pleasant Street looking north.

Technology is amazing, but you don’t have to rely on these photos to see Independence in full color.

Independence is the perfect place for a day trip. Explore museums, peruse unique, local shops, enjoy drinks, dinner and dessert.

Join us Saturday, Aug. 14 at the National Frontier Trails Museum for a celebration of the Missouri Bicentennial.

14aug10:00 am4:00 pmMissouri Bicentennial Celebration10:00 am – 4:00 pm 318 W. Pacific Ave.

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