Nestled in Northeast Iowa, Independence was home to some of the first settlers west of the Mississippi. Known for its Midwestern hospitality and strong-dedicated work ethic, Independence residents have been proud people promoting progress since being founded in 1847.
Independence was a center for horse-racing with two of the fastest race horses and a kite-shaped race track bringing thousands of people to the area for races in the late 1800s. The Wapsipinicon Mill, long an icon of Independence, is still home to tours and special events like the Farmers’ Market during the warmer months. A few other special historical sites you can still see today are the Mental Health Institute and the train depot, which houses Buchanan County Tourism. Independence is a dynamic, growing community in scenic Northeast Iowa. It has small town appeal with many conveniences of a larger city. Independence is a progressive community offering great opportunities and amenities for people of all ages while preserving a fascinating history.