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

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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 City of Independence has a wonderful set of self-guided walking tours. You can find them by clicking here. (Takes you to the City's website.)

Last updated: July 20, 2021

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