Wayne City Landing event celebrates Missouri River landing

The history of Wayne City River Landing will be celebrated with a new community festival in Sugar Creek in August.

The festival -  August 7-9th, 2014 -  will commemorate one of the first riverboat landings west of the Mississippi. Wayne City Landing, also known as the Upper Independence Landing.

Wayne City Landing 1842 by John Stobart.

Wayne City Landing 1842 by John Stobart.

Map illustration from Merchants of Independence by William Patrick O'Brien.

Map illustration from Merchants of Independence by William Patrick O'Brien.

The location is where four National Historical trails - Lewis and Clark, Santa Fe, Oregon and California trails - all overlap.

Wayne City Landing was established on the Missouri River and connected to the Independence Square where many overland travelers obtained provisions before heading west.

Wayne City Landing is also the subject of a painting by well known artist John Stobart, who visited the site to prepare this painting.

Learn more about the festival on FaceBook.