Independence 'Underground' Tour
History Beneath Our Feet
This photo was taken during the sidewalk restoration project of our downtown area and was provided by the Buchanan County Historical Society
For the 5th year the popular Independence “Underground” tour will again be held in downtown Independence. See the ‘hidden remains’ of the 1873-74 era of “Main Street” (now 1st St. E). there were many changes during 2012 because of the new curb-gutter and sidewalk program.
During that construction period people were able for the first time to ‘look down’ into the open sidewalk to see the early limestone walls, doors & windows. Many of the building owners had a ‘vault’ put in to preserve the early Independence history.
Enjoy walking on the new sidewalks - they’re great. This popular historic ‘undergroound tour’ will include the ‘vaults’.
Mark your 2014 calendar for Saturday July 19 and Saturday August 16. The self-guided tour will be from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm and many volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions.
Tickets will be sold THAT DAY ONLY at the mill from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm and must be used on that day only. Wear your walking shoes!!! This is a fund raiser for the Buchanan Co. Historical Society. For additional information call 319 334-4616.
You may spend as much time as you want in each of the designated locations, but remember the tour is OVER AT 2:00 pm.
Thanks go to the participating businesses for allowing this historic tour. Only YOU can pass on the knowledge of Independence local history, so plan to attend.
Check out the web-site for the historical society, http://www.BuchananCountyHistory.com and the event/calendar section.
IT TAKES A COMMUNITY TO PRESERVE HISTORY. Watch for additional fund raisers throughout the year.