Independence, Missouri - Queen City of the Trails

Trip Start May 13, 2009
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Trip End Aug 02, 2009


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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

This was actually a two-city stop.  The first stop was flying to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to pick up my friend Cynthia.  She and I met nearly ten years ago, and were roommates at one time when I owned my duplex.  She also did part-time advising at Pierce College where I work until she moved to be closer to family members in California six years ago.  She ended up meeting someone, got married, and then moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma.  I've seen her a couple of times since then, but this time was especially fun!

I rented a car in Tulsa and we took a road trip to Independence, Missouri, where I had a presentation and book-signing scheduled at the National Frontier Trails Museum.  One man drove all the way from Topeka, Kansas!  I researched at the museum five years ago for my book and promised to return for a book signing if I ever got it published.  It was great to see the folks that I met there long ago, and who I saw everyday for an entire week while doing research on the California Gold Rush.

Cynthia and I had fun catching up, and with Cynthia's quick wit and great sense of humor, I found myself laughing pretty much the entire trip.  We loved roaming around Courthouse Square in Independence where we had a soda at Clinton's Soda Shop.  It's where former president Harry Truman was first employed.  The Courthouse may look fairly new, but it actually is built over the original one from the 1800s.  On the square around the courthouse are lots of cool shops and restaurants.  We also went to an antique and craft fair that took place across the street from the museum on the day of my presentation. 

I didn't realize it, but Cynthia and her husband Jim live just a few blocks from Route 66!  So, after we returned to Oklahoma, we ate dinner one night at a diner that must have been straight out of the 1950s!  I loved it!!!

Next stop is Washington D.C. for the Society for American Baseball Research convention, where I will make a presentation and have a book-signing there as well.
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