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I wish the flag had been blowing dramatically behind this bronze sculpture, but, no such luck: the wind was dead calm that day!

The famous statue of Harry S. Truman is seemingly standing guard and maintaining a vigil in front of the old historic courthouse in Independence, MO. Some people objected to his lack of a hat in this sculpture, something he was never without on his real walks. Truman returned to his home town after his tenure in office, and continued to live in a family home, now the Truman Home National Historic Site, which is open, free of charge, to visitors, via guided tour. The Presidential Library is even more monumental, however, and is a must-see for anyone in the Kansas City area (a suburb of Independence, to Harry Truman!).

Located in the heart of the old town of Independence, MO, the courthouse and statue are situated on Independence Square at Main and Maple Street. It's also on the US National Register of Historic Places. There are no longer county offices, but some tax services are still offered here. The others have moved to the Annex a few blocks away. This structure is mostly of historical interest now, with a visitor's center and the Jackson County Historical Society occupying space here. The structure was restored recently, both to address structural issues and to renovate President Harry Truman's office and courtroom, which are open to the public with a guided tour.

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