Introduction to Independence, Iowa
Independence was established on July 4, 1847. Hence, the city was so named. In the same year, it became the county seat of Buchanan County, which was formed on December 21, 1837 and was incorporated in 1864. The first grist mill of the area was established in 1867 and the first court house was constructed in 1857. The city was nationally renowned as a horse - racing center in the late 1880s. The city was also nicknamed as the "Lexington of the North".
Independence and nearby Attractions
- DeSoto Lake
- Wapsipinicon Mill
- Cedar Rock State Park
- Perrys Wilderness Ranch and Zoo
- Buffalo Creek County Park
- Hickory Hills Park
Things To Do In Independence
While in Independence tourists can visit the River Walk Park. Boating and fishing can be enjoyed on the Wapsipinicon River. The Independence Motor Speedway is also a major attraction, especially for the racers. You can also take a look around the Independence Public Library. The city is also home to numerous houses of worship. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Assembly of God Church, and Independence United Methodist Church are a few to name.
Waterloo Municipal Airport provides facilities for air transportation.
Independence Higher Education
Kirkwood Community College, Upper Iowa University, and University of Northern Iowa are some of the nearest colleges and universities.