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.
Jesse James, son of a Baptist minister, was born at the family home in Kearney, in 1847. Barely 16, he followed his older brother, Frank, into the Civil War. When the war ended, Jesse returned home and began an outlaw life that ended at the hands of a fellow gang member.
21216 James Farm Road, Kearney MO 64060, 816-736-8500
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (May-Sep.); Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., noon-4 p.m. (Oct.-April)
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
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.
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.
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
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.
The majestic Shakespeare Chateau was built in 1885 by Nathan Ogden when St. Joseph Missouri was known as The Queen of the River Cities.High atop a bluff looking down across the city toward the Missouri River, 809 Hall Street is one of several mansions in the Hall Street Historic District known locally as Millionaires' Row.
809 Hall St., St. Joseph MO 64501, 816-232-2667
Hours: Daily, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.