LIBERTY HAS IT ALL
Liberty, the county seat of Clay County, is a quick drive to Kansas City yet has a small-town flavor all its own.
Liberty’s close proximity to Kansas City offers residents quick access to such diverse attractions as –
* Zona Rosa shopping center
* Legends shopping center
* The Country Club Plaza shopping district
* The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
* Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun theme parks
* Science City and Union Station
* Kansas City Zoo
* Kansas City sports teams – Chiefs, Royals, Outlaws, Wizards and T-Bones
* Kansas Speedway
~~The Liberty area is home to five golf courses. Cardinal Hill Golf Course challenges golfers on its 18-hole semi-private course. Liberty Hills Country Club takes golfers along a serene, 18-hole setting. The Staley Farms 18-hole golf course is the newest private golf course in the Northland. This course offers bent grass fairways. Hodge Park Golf Course and Shoal Creek Golf Course, located along Missouri 152 Highway west of Liberty, feature a scenic wooded setting with three lakes and a creek. In nearby Smithville, Paradise Pointe offers two 18-hole championship courses that run along the lake.
Seven community parks dot the Liberty landscape and include such amenities as shelters, ball fields, horseshoe pits, playground equipment, volleyball and basketball courts, and fitness trails. The Liberty Trails System takes users on a stroll through tree-lined, paved walkways.
Shoppers and diners find a wealth of temptations in Liberty. The Liberty Square offers a unique mix of retail shops including antique and gift stores, a book store, an interior decorating shop, and a large furniture gallery. Near the square, the restored Corbin Mill houses quilting and needlework shops, a large gift store, and an exclusive interior decorating store. Deep-dish Chicago-style pizza lures diners from throughout the metropolitan area to Liberty. The Dish serves deep- and thin-crust pizza, as well as a variety of Italian pasta dishes.
Liberty is home to more than 900,000 square feet of retail space. From single-owner shops surrounding the historic square to larger shopping centers along major thoroughfares, Liberty offers convenient one-stop shopping.
A Little History........
What began as a frontier trading post on the Missouri River in 1822 has blossomed into a thriving center of commerce and cultural activity. The city is equally proud of its rich heritage, which dates back to the legendary Jesse James gang riding through the historic downtown square. Liberty's rich history attracts visitors from around the nation.
First settled in the early 1820's, the town square showcases genuine early 19th century architecture and a stately white stone courthouse built in 1935. The square also is home to the Clay County Museum and Historical Society, which was built in 1877 as a drug store with a doctor's office above. A hallmark of Liberty's notorious past, the Jesse James Bank gives visitors a glimpse of what the bank looked like on February 13, 1866 when customers witnessed the first recorded daylight bank robbery, alleged to have been orchestrated by Jesse James.
Now a historic landmark, the building is the oldest on the square and serves as a museum recounting the James Gang's exploits and other period history. Today, the square and surrounding downtown streets feature a variety of stores and restaurants, form bed-and-breakfasts homes to antique shops. The Liberty square offers a unique mix of retail shops, including and antique shops, gift stores, two book stores, and interior decorating shop, and a large furniture gallery. Near the square, the restored Corbin Mill houses quilting and needlework shops, a large gift store, and an exclusive interior decorating store.