Introduction to Excelsior Springs, Missouri
Excelsior Springs, Missouri, in Clay county, is located 19 miles NE of Independence, Missouri (center to center) and is 25 miles NE of Kansas City, Missouri. The city is part of the Kansas City metropolitan statistical area (MSA).
Excelsior Springs History
Excelsior Springs got its name because of the existence of the natural springs in the city. The city was discovered by a farmer called Travis Mellion in the year 1880. The medicinal values of the natural springs brought many people in the city including Rev. John Van Buren Flack, who formed the community of Excelsior in partnership with a spring owner called Anthony W. Wyman. The city name was changed to Excelsior Springs in the year 1882. The city was incorporated in the year 1881.
Excelsior Springs and nearby Attractions
- Fort Osage
- Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
- Kansas City Museum
- Watkins Mill State Park
- Walt Disney House and Garage
- Harry S. Truman National Historic Site
Things To Do In Excelsior Springs
While in Excelsior Springs one can enjoy a number of recreational facilities. The city has several recreational parks like the Watkins Mill State Park which offers facilities for camping, fishing and swimming. The historic sites which include Harry S. Truman National Historic Site and the Walt Disney House and Garage are some of the major tourist attractions.
Excelsior Springs Transportation
Lambert - Saint Louis International Airport provides facilities for air transportation.
Excelsior Springs Higher Education
Missouri Western State College, Ottawa University, Penn Valley Community College, University of Missouri, and University of Saint Mary are some of the educational centers that impart higher education.