Taylorcraft Daze

The history, diary, thoughts, and opinions of an Iowa Taylocraft pilot. The postings will be heavy in the areas of flying Taylorcraft Aircraft, Formation Flying, Flights throughout the Great United States, and other flying activities.

Sunday, January 15, 2006




Independence is located in Buchanan County on the Wapsipinicon River. It has a population of 6,000 with North / South highway # 150 passing through town and easy access to the East / West four-lane highway # 20. Three highway bridges and one Illinois Central bridge aid in the transportation flow. Independence is the County Seat and has a beautiful Court House. Politically the city is divided into five wards with a city park in each. The city government consists of a Mayor, city council, and a City Manager. Independence is within easy driving distance from: Waterloo, 26 miles; Cedar Rapids, 41 miles; Iowa City, 68 miles; and Dubuque, 68 miles.

Independence is also located in the heart of the “Tall Corn Country.” Most of the surrounding rural community and town are dependent upon the agricultural activities as is most of Iowa. The annual Whitetail Deer hunting season and Duck hunting on the Independence Impoundment of the Wapsipinicon River are favorite sports.

The very progressive full service Independence Municipal Airport (IIB) is located three miles southwest of town. The airport is one of the finest and most progressive in northeast Iowa serving the United States including flights originating to Canada. Activities include: instruction in a fully instrument rated four-place Cessna 172 with “Casey” as your very qualified instructor, a facility which is able to handle a variety of jets for business and industry such as “Net Jets” and Fractional Ownership Jets, a base for corporate and many private aircraft, a point of origin for flights to all parts of the United States, a full service facility by ”Jim” & “John” with complete engine overhauls, agricultural spraying operations, national guard training, service for life guard and news helicopters, ultralights, and radio controlled aircraft. A real plus is round the clock service that is available for refueling, computer weather service, and a lounge for necessary creature comforts. Please see the Blog, “Welcome to the Independence, Iowa Municipal Airport (IIB).”

It boast approximately 16 restaurants, four financial institutions, three automobile dealerships, two golf courses, two funeral homes, many specialty shops, and a great deal of general retail services.

Independence has numerous historical sites. Among them are the Frank Lloyd Wright House southeast of town on the east bank of the river, the Fuhrman House, Gateway to the Past Museum, The Illinois Central Depot, a favorite spot at Christmas time, the Lee Mansion, the Munson Building, the Purdy House, the Shellito House, and the Wapsipinicon Mill, a five-story stone structure on the west bank down town.

Independence is well known for its Buchanan County Fair and 4-H Exhibits. A special seasonal Friday night attraction is the Stock Car Races on a dirt track at the Fair Grounds on the north edge of town. Usually the Carnival comes to town as well.

A thriving Amish Community is located to the north of town with many residing on Amish Boulevard between Independence and Oelwein. The Amish welcome customers to their many stores. The stores include candy, baskets, cabinet and furniture, harness, clock repair, pillows, and much more.


At Sat May 13, 01:49:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Gus Skarlis said...

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