Located a quick and easy drive from all that Kansas City has to offer, Liberty (population 32,000) is a combination of old and new. Settled in 1822, the city was named for the American concept of “liberty.” What began as a frontier trading post on the Missouri River, Liberty has flourished with commerce and cultural activity.
In 2007, Liberty was designated a Preserve America community. The Preserve America program is a White House effort to encourage and support communities that preserve and promote America’s cultural and natural heritage. In 2011, Liberty was ranked by Family Circle Magazine as one of the “10 Best Towns for Families”, and named one of the “Best Places to Live” by CNN/Money Magazine.
The Clay County Savings Bank in Liberty was the site of the first successful daylight bank robbery in 1866 by the James-Younger Gang. The site is now the Jesse James Bank Museum which tells the tale of this notorious outlaw.
Ginger Sue’s is a “Bruncheonette” which opened in March of 2007 on the Historic Square in Liberty, Missouri. The husband and wife team wanted to bring their love of food and hospitality to the people of Liberty. Breakfast and lunch are served in a quaint and casual atmosphere offering specialty pancakes, omelets, wraps, sandwiches, and salads.
For a leisurely afternoon, visit Belvoir Winery. It is home to eight wines and the tasting room is open daily. The winery is housed in a building originally constructed as a children’s home in 1900. On their calendar you will also find murder mystery dinners and paranormal investigations.
For live music, great food, and a warm and inviting atmosphere, try Johnnie’s Jazz Bar and Grille. The restaurant is dedicated to Johnnie Genevieve Bills who was a piano player for silent movies at B&B Theatres. Her original piano is sitting on the state.
Hammerhand Coffee offers single-origin and blended coffee fresh-roasted twice a week at their cafe in Historic Downtown Liberty, MO. Other specialties you may find are house-made chai and honey orange lavender latte.
Locally owned and operated 3Halves Brewing Company and Jousting Pigs BBQ on the Square in downtown Liberty is a one-of-a-kind craft beer and craft barbeque experience.
The Liberty School District district was recognized as a high performing school district for all 12 years the State of Missouri presented the Distinction in Performance Award, making it one of only 6% of Missouri districts to be placed in this category.
The Fountain Bluff Sports Complex opened in 2002. This multi-million-dollar facility features various sporting events on its 146-acre site including softball, baseball, soccer, and football. The complex offers amenities not seen in most facilities. The site has eight ponds that are used to irrigate the fields as well as provide aesthetic beauty to the park in the form of lighted fountains. The complex also has more than two miles of walking and jogging trails.
The Jesse James Bank Museum, located on the historic square in Liberty, Missouri, was the site of the nation's first successful daylight peacetime bank robbery. While the robbers were never caught, the crime was attributed to the infamous James Gang. Visitors will see the bank as it was in 1866.
To unwind, 12 community parks dot the Liberty landscape and include such amenities as shelters, spraygrounds, playgrounds, soccer fields, tennis courts, skate park, and a dog park. The Liberty Trails System takes users on a stroll through tree-lined, paved walkways. The Liberty area is home to four golf courses.
Liberty is home to William Jewell College, a private, four-year liberal arts college of more than 900 undergraduate students that was founded in 1849. U.S. News & World Report named Jewell’s programs for first-year students among the top ten among U.S. colleges and universities. The college was honored by TIME magazine in 2001 as its Liberal Arts College of the Year.
Residents have long known that the City of Liberty, Missouri is a great place to live. The combination of the booming business community with quiet neighborhoods makes Liberty an excellent place to raise a family.