Independence, Kansas
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 37° 13.443 W 095° 42.304
15S E 259997 N 4123156
Quick Description: Miss Able, a rhesus monkey, was born at Ralph Mitchell Zoo. Miss Able along with Miss Baker, a squirrel monkey, became the first monkeys to fly in space; they returned alive on May 28, 1959.
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 2/19/2017 7:26:59 AM
Waymark Code: WMV3XK
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Dorcadion Team
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Long Description:

County of city: Montgomery County
Location of city: slightly NE of center in county; crossroads of US-160 & US-75
County is in the SE corner and southern border of the state
Elevation: 804 ft (245 m)
Population: 9,230 (2013)

"In 1869, a band of men set out to find a favorable spot to live and become the founders of a new city. They eventually reached the banks of the Verdigris River to a place now known as Independence, Kansas. As they explored along the banks of the Verdigris, through the magnificent valley which skirts it on either side, they realized that here was the foundation for a rich and prosperous agriculture, the basis and support for a thriving city.

"By 1872, a branch of the railroad was completed to the town and while Independence suffered disappointment in the first instance of railroad building, it was not to be left without the advantages of an institution of this kind, cost what it should. As early as March 20,1872, Independence had grown to a population of 2382.

"Land rich with agriculture and oil brought many to Independence, along with the added benefit of the railroad. Legend has it that in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Independence had more millionaires per capita than any place in the United States.

"You can find Independence to the north and east of the exact geographical center of Montgomery County, on the west bank of the Verdigris River sitting at the intersection of Highways 75 and 160 in Southeast Kansas." ~ Astra Arts Festival

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