The Independence Square is the heart and soul of Independence, Missouri. With roots that date back to the early 1800s. It has transformed from a frontier town, a jumping-off point of the three westward-bound trails, a center of Civil War action, a religious hub, the home of the 33rd President of the United States, to a renovated and renewed business district with great shopping, dining, services, and entertainment choices. Today, the Square and its closely-situated landmarks and tourist attractions serve as the hub for the city and the area’s major source of tourism.
Though the Square stands on its own heritage, it still requires a concerted effort to market this unique area and organize its stakeholders. That’s where the Independence Square Association (ISA) comes in.
For many years, the ISA has created, executed, supported, and been the leader in a variety of events, concerns and activities. The ISA Board of Directors remains focused on marketing the Square to patrons of all types and also to strategically maintain the organization’s position of strength in the community. The mission of the ISA is to support its members and promote the overall welfare of the Independence Square. One of the ISA’s main activities is coordinating historical preservation efforts between property owners, the City of Independence, Jackson County, the National Parks Service, and other entities. The ISA works diligently every day to keep loyal patrons coming back, while constantly attracting new visitors to our area. We encourage you to discover the dining, shopping, history, and vitality that our downtown has to offer!