Things to Do

Old Cooper County Jail and Hanging Barn

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Exterior of the Old Cooper County Jail
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Come and take a tour of the longest operating county jail in the State of Missouri. It was built in 1846 and operated until 1978. Famous prisoners have been held here, including Frank James, brother to infamous Missouri outlaw Jesse James.

Included in the tour is the Cooper County Hanging Barn, where men were put to death by hanging. The last public hanging in Missouri took place in this barn in 1930.

Office Hours are Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

To schedule a tour, or for any other questions, you may contact us by phone at 660/882-7977 or on-line at www.friendsofhistoricboonville…


614 E. Morgan St.
Boonville, MO 65233

Additional Information

Travelers With Disabilities Information
Not Wheelchair Accessible
Smoking Policy
No Smoking
Activities On-site
Historic District
Activities Within 10 Miles
Biking / Walking Trails
Casino Gaming
Historic District
Cost Of Admission
Less Than $10
General Interest Info
Open Year-round
This Facility Is In The National Register Of Historic Places
Suitable For These Age Groups
All Ages
Types Of Payment Accepted
American Express Card