Independence is a place where the history of the Oregon Trail coexists with a vibrant downtown core. One moment, you’re taking a glimpse into more than a century of Oregon’s history. Next, you’re sipping world-class Oregon wines or enjoying a local craft beer while watching the sunset over the Willamette River. You can walk to locally made pastries and coffee and then grab a lunch to go before heading out to explore the beauty of Polk County for the afternoon. In Independence, you can have the best of all worlds – all while experiencing a welcoming small town community.