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President Truman walking aside his home
President Truman walking aside of his home in Independence, Missouri

National Archives

While in Independence, Missouri, walk in the same footsteps as Harry S Truman. President Truman was known for his vigorous walks that he believed helped him physically and mentally. As a soldier, Harry Truman was taught to walk at an impressive 120 steps per minute, a habit he maintained as long as he could. Of course, as he got older, he slowed down a bit.

Walking through downtown Independence, you can see many buildings and homes that have a special connection to the Truman story and legacy.

Of course, you need not do the 120 steps per minute, but you can challenge yourself. President Truman used a walking stick to count his steps. Do you have one?

The map is courtesy the City of Independence, Office of Tourism. The file is in a .pdf file.

It can be downloaded here.

Last updated: November 29, 2018

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