Trip Ideas: Heroes to Outlaws in St. Joseph
Home to heroes, such as the first riders of the Pony Express, and outlaws, including Jesse James, you’ll come to appreciate the unique history of St. Joseph.
Morning
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the two-story courthouse, built in 1873, houses the courtroom where the Ford brothers were tried for the murder of Jesse James.
411 Jules St., St. Joseph MO 64501, 816-271-1412
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
This museum tells the stories of how the brave riders, carrying saddlebags filled with our nation's hopes and dreams; the riders traveled more than 2,000 miles west to Caifornia. A 60-foot diorama depicts the diverse terrain of the route.
914 Penn St., St. Joseph MO 64503, 800-530-5930
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; hours change seasonally
Afternoon
Enjoy a taste of the south, Cajun style, with this unique restaurant ni the heart of downtown St. Joseph.
224 N. 4th St., St. Joseph MO 64501, 816-387-9911
Hours: Mon.-Thur., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
You've seen where Jesse's life ended, now learn more about his early days. See an extensive collection of James family artifacts, plus the family home and Jesse's original grave site. It's about a one-hour drive from St. Joseph to Kearney.
21216 James Farm Road, Kearney MO 64060, 816-736-8500
Hours: May-September: Open daily, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; October-April: Open, Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., noon-4 p.m.
Come see the bullet hole from the fatal shot that killed outlaw Jesse James. The home features period décor and items from the exhumation of Jesse's grave.
1202 Penn St., St. Joseph MO 64503, 816-232-8206
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m.-4 p.m.; hours may change seasonally
Evening
Features prime rib and custom cut steaks. Enjoy the salad bar and homemade rolls and cinnamon rolls.
1627 Frederick Ave., St. Joseph MO 64501, 816-364-5151
Hours: Mon.-Thur., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., 4 p.m.-10 p.m.