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Independence, MO Liberty Bell Replica

Liberty Bell Replica – Independence, MO

My first replica Liberty Bell in the 2018 Melting Pot Grand Tour is the one located in Independence, MO at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum. The facility is located at 500 W. U.S. Highway 24  Independence, Missouri 64050-1798 and the bell sits on the north side of the building.

This is my second stop on the 2018 Grand Tour. With this Liberty Bell Replica I have accumulated 100 toward a completion total of 200 points. As I’ve shared with my friends, completing a Grand Tour doesn’t mean I’ll stop going to the cities, bells, and bonus locations; it just means I get a completion pin. I’ll keep riding because I love to ride and because I’ve not been to any of the places on the destination list.

Oh, and I’m having fun too!

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Growing up in the area learning about Harry S. Truman in school was a given, but I don’t remember learning about the Presidential Library & Museum, nor do I remember learning about the replica Liberty Bell. This could be an indictment of the local public school system but I suspect it has more to do with me being young when I heard about it and not recognizing the importance of this President, let alone the building or the replica Liberty Bell on the grounds. Regardless, bagging this bell was a lot of fun as was the follow-up lunch at The Courthouse Exchange.

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Finding Tonga in the Midwest

Finding Tonga in the Midwest

My first country recorded in the 2018 Melting Pot Grand Tour is Tonga via the city of Tonganoxie, KS. Even though this was a short trip, it took the better part of the day, primarily to find a good place to get the required photographic evidence. We travel U.S. Route 40 frequently as we have family in St. George, KS so I was very familiar with a colorful city limit sign on 40. I had originally thought that taking the picture there would be the best way to do it but the photographer wanted to get a better background so we started scouting for a better location.

We were fortunate to find two good locations – one that was really obvious and a second location that was very colorful. The photographic evidence that meets the Ground Tour requirements is shown below.

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While the official rules state that I don’t need to be in the photo I thought it would be fun to be in the first picture of this tour. I’m not sure the photographer will want to follow me around as I collect other locations so I’ll revert to Smartphone pictures soon enough.

In any case, I’ve bagged the nearest US city containing a foreign country name! Now, on to other cities, some Liberty Bell replicas, and (hopefully) some bonus point locations around the country!

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