Comfort Suites Kansas City-Liberty
8200 N. Church Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64158
Phone: (816) 781-7273
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This historic jail located northwest of Kansas City is held in reverence by the Church of Latter-Day Saints because this is where the religion's founder Joseph Smith was once imprisoned. In the 1830's, many Mormons including Smith arrived from Ohio and tried to establish a settlement around Jackson County. Since they had been expelled from Ohio, the resulting establishments did not sit well with the locals, so in 1838 war broke out and Smith surrendered shortly thereafter. Today, the 'jail' is no longer, however the LDS church still runs the center for religious activities held here and it also has a replica inside of what the old jail looked like.
Worlds of Fun offers the Midwest a tradition of family entertainment and jam-packed fun with over 175 acres of exciting attractions. Thrill seekers and roller coaster lovers can choose from the 'Boomerang', 'Timber Wolf', 'Spinning Dragons' and 'Mamba', one of the world's top 25 roller coasters. Other popular rides include 'Fury of the Nile' and 'The Detonator', a ride that shoots riders towards the sky in 200-foot towers. There are also plenty of rides for kids also, which makes it a great spot for the entire family. Plan on spending the entire day and wear good walking shoes. Since the winter is brutally cold in the Midwest, the park is only open from April until October.
WinterStone Golf Course is a full 18 hole course which is situated above an active limestone mine. Golfers not only have to overcome the regular obstacles of water and sand but also have to concentrate when the explosions and drilling of the mine shakes things up during what is known here as thunder times.
Located in nearby Independence, this library is one of only ten presidential libraries in the country run by the National Archives and Records Administration. It houses 15 million pages of documents and 35,000 objects that are all associated with the life and presidency of Harry Truman. This populist president was born in Independence and he is buried in the courtyard alongside his wife Bess on the grounds of this impressive library.
McCoy Park is the first inclusive park for people with disabilities in the city. The park includes an accessible playground and baseball field.
A Church that vouches for communal harmony with no racial discrimination, Sheffield Family Life Center is more a community center than anything else. A special "church" for kids is an initiative to make visits more interesting for children. Appreciator of art, this church conducts varied forms of art classes, and has its own fine arts ministry. Guiding the youth right from there school days is what this church believes in, and in order to achieve that, a lot of recreational ideas are put to use during services. This center is home to a liberal community that spreads the word of health, peace and self-realization.
Harry S Truman National Historic Site is the site of buildings which were significant in the life of this American president which have now been turned into preserved museums. Some such buildings include the Truman house, the Truman farm, the Noland home where his cousins lived and the Wallace homes.
Situated along the banks of Missouri River, the Riverfront Park is a green community space unlike any others. Managed by the Port Authority of Kansas City. Cyclists and walkers alike traffic the 'joggers' track', one of the many paths that will eventually be integrated into the Heritage Trail. The large open space also doubles up as a venue for outdoor events, with the required infrastructure to accommodate the crowds.
Independence Square is a hub of activity with several attractions, shops, restaurants and cafes located here. On few occasions, this place plays host to several family events including the Truman Days, Flower Show and also sporting events. For more information on the places of interest and the upcoming events of this area, check their website.
Built in 1859, this historic frontier jail located in Independence Square is where Frank James, Jesse's bank-robbing brother, was imprisoned. With bars on the windows, the jail looks like something out of an old western movie. Visitors can tour the Marshall's home, the jail cells, a schoolhouse and the surrounding grounds. An exhibit of handmade weapons is also on display.
The Elmwood Cemetery is a cemetery that's non profitable. Consisting of a no paid staff, the cemetery is rich in revealing the history that reflects through it. Maintaining a serene atmosphere where the burials takes place, this cemetery is a quiet place to mourn over lost loved ones.
This log structure in nearby Independence has bore witness to a long and somewhat notorious history in this Midwestern town. It was initially constructed with slave labor to be used as a courthouse, then Joseph Smith from the Mormon church used it as a mercantile store and in the 1930's, former President Harry Truman was a presiding judge when it was re-converted back into a courthouse. Admission is free and private tours can be arranged in advance.