3-Trails Corridor

McCoy Park

McCoy Park is named in honor of William McCoy, the first Mayor of Independence, Missouri. McCoy’s home— still standing as a private residence—has been visible on the southern bluff of the Mill Creek valley since the 1840s. Santa Fe Trail travelers passed by the McCoy home on their southwesterly trek from Wayne City River Landing, and many overland travelers likely enjoyed the first family’s hospitality.
Thanks to: David W. Jackson

McCoy Park

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History

As time went on and the trail traffic subsided and migrated further west, people settled in Mill Creek valley. The area today known as McCoy Park had for several generations been home to a predominantly African American community whose neighborhood was called, ‘The Neck.’ They were segregated to this area of town until the Equal Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Then, too, Urban Renewal forced residents out of The Neck, which was re-developed into McCoy Park, in view of the then newly constructed Harry S Truman Presidential Library and Museum. Today, historic signage interpreting this area as an avenue once carrying westward travelers, is under the blue-topped shelter house at the south end of the park . . . within sight of McCoy’s historic home at 408 West Farmer.
Thanks to: David W. Jackson

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Interpretive panels are under the blue shelter house canopy.
Thanks to: David W. Jackson