Underground City Tour

Independence has a beautiful main street with a fascinating history.  Underneath the current storefronts is the previous main street, dating back to the 1840's-1860's, when the city's founding fathers decided to raise all the business building up because of frequent flooding downtown.  What remains underneath can still be viewed during special underground tours.

View the Hidden Historic Downtown


Many of the building owners have put in a vault in to preserve the early Independence history. This popular historic underground tour will include the vaults.

This is a fundraiser for the Buchanan County Historical Society.
This is a self-guided tour and many volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions. Tickets will be sold that day at the mill and must be used on that day only. Wear your walking shoes.

You may spend as much time as you want in each of the designated locations, but remember the tour does have an ending time. 

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. 

For More Information


Check out the Historical Society website for more information and to view upcoming events. Watch for additional fundraisers throughout the year. For additional information, please call 319 334-4616.