John S. Johnson - bicylist 1892 at Rush Park "Kite Shaped Track" Independence, Iowa
February 28, 2014 at 06:00:00 pm:

John S. Johnson - inductee in 2003 for Veteran Road & track competitor (pre - 1945) Long before bicyclist Lance Armstrong was winning races and setti... (read more)

The PAST has never seemed more PRESENT!
April 26, 2012 at 06:00:00 pm:

quote from 1914 Buchanan Co. History Vol. 1 p. 224 "Independence in the Early Sixties" (1860's) The streets in Independence in the early days were a... (read more)



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The seed of a dream sprouted in 1991 when Silos & Smokestacks was formed. In 1996 the dream bloomed as a National Heritage Area. Countless devoted people have nursed that dream into a welcoming reality.

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