Photograph of a group of people standing in front of the Independence Hotel in Independence, ca.1900. The two-story clapboard hotel is at center. It has a covered balcony and porch and a sign above the simple doorway bears the name of the hotel. A group of about a dozen men is standing on the porch at center. One man is holding the lead rope of a large, dark horse at right. Two more men are seated in a horse-drawn buggy at left. A building attached to the main hotel at left has a sign that reads "Independence Hotel H. Levy Prop.". A line of leafless trees is in front of the hotel. The Independence Hotel was built in 1899 (1897?) and later burned down. After the fire, it became the Levy Hotel.