Independence is a small city in Southeastern Kansas with rustic rural charm, a delightfully small downtown, a large WalMart Supercenter and pretty much nothing else.
Take either US75N from Tulsa or Bartlesville or US169N from Tulsa/Coffeyville and then US160W.
Walk or drive – there are a few public cab services. Distances are usually small.
- Downtown. Many small shops with rural American charm
- Ralph Mitchell Zoo. Free entrance, small collection but well kept
- Riverside Park. Adjacent to the Zoo with a waterpark, toy train (tickets are just a quarter), mini-golf and excellent gardens, swings, children play areas and walking areas.
- Neewollah. In October this tiny town hosts what they claim to be the largest annual celebration in Kansas: Neewollah. This 10 day festival includes no less than three parades, a carnival, live music, pumpkin contests, a local Queen Pageant, and a production of a musical. Much of downtown is only accessible by foot during Neewollah.
- Inge Festival. Also of note to the theatrically minded is the William Inge Theatre Festival, held in late April, which annually selects and honors a playwright whose “body of work has had a profound impact on American Theatre.”
- Elk City State Park, 4825 Squaw Creek Rd, Independence, KS 67301, ☎+1 620 331-6295. Offers boating, fishing, bird watching, and swimming as well as a system of hiking trails.