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Independence is a city of approximately 10,000, located in Montgomery County in southeast Kansas. It is situated along the Verdigris River just south of its confluence with the Elk River. Independence is a bustling city, proud of its rich heritage and full of attractions. For historic and literary buffs, Independence is the site of the childhood home of author Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family. Located just 13 miles southwest of Independence at 2507 CR 3000, Little House on the Prairie includes an authentic log cabin located near the original site where Laura Ingalls Wilder lived. The site also includes an 1872 schoolhouse, a post office and gift shop. Little House on the Prairie is open March 22 through October 31. Other attractions include the Independence Historic Museum, the Willian Inge Theater Festival and a self-guided tour of the historic homes of Independence. The Elk City Reservoir is located 5 miles northwest of Independence and offers swimming, fishing, boating, camping and birdwatching. The area also has some of the best hiking trails in the state of Kansas. The city of Independence is host to the annual Prairie Days Festival on the second Saturday in June. It is held at the Little House on the Prairie and celebrates the time of Laura Ingalls Wilder with re-enactments, a character contest, wagon rides, crafts, lots of food and much more.

Surrounding areas: Fall River, Kansas (11.7 mi), Sedan, Kansas (27.1 mi), Elk Falls, Kansas (28.2 mi)

Independence Vacation Rentals




Independence Hotels and Resorts

 
Hotels & Motels
Appletree Inn201 N EighthIndependence, KS (620) 331-5500
Knights Inn-Independence KS3222 W Main StIndependence, KS (620) 331-7300
Microtel Inn & Suites2917 W Main StIndependence, KS (620) 331-0088
Super 8 Motel2800 W MainIndependence, KS (620) 331-8288
Super 8 Motel2800 West MainIndependence, KS (800) 800-8000
Best Western Bricktown Lodge605 NE St Hwy 166 & 169Coffeyville, KS13.9 mi.(620) 251-3700
Townsman Inn600 Ne StCoffeyville, KS13.9 mi.(620) 251-2010
Super 8104 W 11THCoffeyville, KS14.2 mi.(620) 251-2250
Appletree Inn820 E EleventhCoffeyville, KS14.4 mi.(620) 251-0002
Guest House International Canterbury Inn400 E Main StParsons, KS27.1 mi.(620) 421-5000
Super 8 Motel Parsons229 E MainParsons, KS27.1 mi.(620) 421-8000

Independence Weather & Climate

Southeast Kansas  is classified as humid subtropical, with hot summers and mild winters. The southeast region has more precipitation than the rest of the state. The state of Kansas lies across the path of alternate masses of warm moist air moving north from the Gulf of Mexico and currents of cold, comparatively dry, air moving from the polar regions. Consequently, the weather is subject to frequent and often sharp changes, usually of short duration. The overall annual precipitation for the area averages 27 inches, although years of drought have not been uncommon. The annual snowfall is less than 11 inches in the far southeast. Tornadoes are a fact of life in the state of Kansas, with an average of 50 per year.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 42°F 20°F 1.47 in. -
February 48°F 25°F 1.88 in. -
March 59°F 34°F 3.75 in. -
April 69°F 44°F 3.89 in. -
May 76°F 55°F 5.86 in. -
June 85°F 64°F 5.45 in. -
July 91°F 69°F 3.54 in. -
August 91°F 67°F 3.65 in. -
September 82°F 59°F 4.48 in. -
October 72°F 46°F 4.09 in. -
November 57°F 34°F 3.26 in. -
December 46°F 24°F 2.14 in. -

Independence Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Independence Municipal airport (IDP) located about 5 miles southwest of Independence, the Coffeyville Municipal airport (CFV) located approximately 11 miles southeast of Independence in Coffeyville, Kansas, the Tri City airport (PPF) located roughly 13 miles northeast of Independence in Parsons, Kansas, the Bartlesville Municipal airport (BVO) located around 36 miles southwest of Independence in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, the Atkinson Municipal airport (PTS) located about 55 miles east of Independence in Pittsburg, Kansas, the Joplin Regional airport (JLN) located approximately 66 miles east of Independence in Joplin, Missouri, the Tulsa International airport (TUL) located roughly 71 miles south of Independence in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Strother Field (WLD) located around 73 miles west of Independence in Winfield - Arkansas City, Kansas, and finally the Coffey County airport (UKL) located about 74 miles north of Independence in Burlington, Kansas.

Independence Attractions

 
Amusement and Theme Parks
Kiddie ParkBartlesvilleOK36.2 mi.
Route 66 Carousel ParkJoplinMO66.5 mi.
Bell's Amusement ParkTulsaOK75.6 mi.
 
Golf Courses
Sycamore Valley Golf CourseIndependenceKS 
Hillcrest Golf CourseCoffeyvilleKS14.5 mi.
Caney Golf ClubCaneyKS19.2 mi.
Fredonia Country ClubFredoniaKS20.9 mi.
ParsonsKaty Golf ClubParsonsKS25.9 mi.
Sedan Country ClubSedanKS27.0 mi.
 
State Parks
Elk City State ParkKS3.9 mi. 
Montgomery County State ParkKS4.5 mi. 
Wilson County State ParkKS32.3 mi. 
Fall River State ParkKS36.1 mi. 
Toronto State ParkKS39.0 mi. 
Woodson County State ParkKS39.8 mi. 
 
Museums
Martin and Osa Johnson Safari MuseumChanuteKS34.3 mi.(History)
 
Zoos and Aquariums
Tulsa Zoo and Living MuseumTulsaOK75.6 mi.
Emporia ZooEmporiaKS85.5 mi.
Sedgwick County ZooWichitaKS95.0 mi.


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