11 Most Endangered Historic Places
Harry S. Truman Historic District
Year Listed: 1996
Threat: Deterioration, Neglect, Poor Public Policy
The Independence, MO neighborhood where Harry S. Truman spent his boyhood, began his political career, settled with his family and retired after the White House -- the neighborhood that tells the story of America's 33rd President -- has dramatically changed. Despite designation as a National Historic Landmark, the Harry S. Truman Historic District was rapidly losing its historic character, in part because of inadequate protection of its historic resources. Within sight of the Truman house, several historic buildings were replaced by parking lots and nondescript new construction.