Underground Independence: Our 'Hidden' City
Tour the Underground Independence, where we have our own unique 'Hidden' City full of exciting history!
For the third year, the popular Independence 'Underground' Tour will again be held in downtown Independence. The proceeds from this go to The Wapsipinicon Mill Roof Restoration Project.
Come see the 'hidden remains' of the 1873-1874 era of our old 'Main Street' (now it's called 1st Street East).
There have been many changes this year because of the new curb-gutter and sidewalk program. During the construction period, people were able to see (for the very first time) down into the open sidewalk to see the early limestone walls, doors, and windows.
Many of the building owners had a 'vault' put in to preserve our early Independence history. This year, the popular historic 'Underground' Tour of Independence will include the vaults. Plus, you will get to enjoy walking on our new sidewalks!
Only you can pass on the knowledge of Independence local history so plan to attend because not only is it educational, it is also fun! So, mark your calendars for these upcoming dates to go on our self-guided tours of the 'Hidden' City:
Saturday, July 20th
Saturday, August 17th
The tours will be from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Even though they are self-guided, many volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions.
Tickets will be sold at The Mill from 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Please note that the tickets are good for THAT day only. You may spend as much time as you want in each of the designated locations, but remember ... the tour is over at 2:00 p.m. Be sure to wear your walking shoes!
For additional information, please call Leanne Harrison, of the Buchanan County Historyical Society at (319) 334-4616. The Buchanan County Historical Society has had several fund-raisers for The Mill Roof Restoration Project.
Thanks go out to the participating businesses for allowing us to do this historic tour.
''It takes a community to preserve history.''