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Address: 21216 James Farm Rd., Kearney, MO 64060
Phone Number: 816-736-8500
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Jesse James, son of a Baptist minister, was born at the family home in...
Jesse James, son of a Baptist minister, was born at the family home in Kearney, Missouri, in 1847. Barely 16, he followed his older brother, Frank, into the Civil War. While Frank was a member of Quantrill’s guerillas, Jesse rode with Bloody Bill Anderson. When the war ended, Jesse returned home and joined other former Confederate guerillas in a life of outlawry. Jesse’s boldness and flamboyance as a bank and train robber, combined with sensational publicity from newspapers and dime novels, soon made his a household name. A tour through the restored home will take visitors back to where the legend began. Before walking the trail to the farmhouse, a twenty minute movie recaps the history of Frank and Jesse James and exploits of the outlaws. The museum displays the world’s largest collection of James family artifacts. Jesse’s boots and Frank’s surrender letter tend to captivate visitors. Guests then follow the paved winding trail to the farmhouse and walk along the creek where, as young boys, Frank and Jesse spent much of their time playing. In the yard of the family home is Jesse’s original burial site, the place where his mother once sold souvenir rocks from his grave for twenty five cents. Upon completion of the tour guests will want to browse the museum's gift shop. A wide variety of books relating to the period are available as well as t-shirts, mugs, and many other souvenir keepsakes. The Jesse James Farm and Museum is owned and operated by the Department of Clay County Parks, Recreation, Historic Sites and Tourism.
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Jesse James

Unless you can walk a long way and stand for a while this is not for you. I have trouble standing and walking any length of time (more than 5 min) with out support or resting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 16, 2015
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Jackson, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Unless you can walk a long way and stand for a while this is not for you. I have trouble standing and walking any length of time (more than 5 min) with out support or resting. There is no place to sit once you start the tour. I enjoyed the displays and the tour guide really seemed to know what... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

The museum has a FEW items allegedly previously owned by the family. I say allegedly because it is well known that his fame was taken advantage of by his mother/family. His grave is not on site. The film that was shown did not accurately portray Jesse James for who he really was; a drunk, drug addicted killer. A $3 to... More 

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West Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Seeing the sign on the side of the highway we decided to stop. The short film at the beginning was very informative. Enjoyed the museum. We love to watch westerns and seeing the saddles, clothes, photos, and their home was great. The staff was so knowledgeable and friendly. I'm slightly handicapped (Cane & walker) and they made accommodations for me... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

interesting, informative, friendly. staff conducts excellent tours of historic hone of jesse and frank james. attractive, informative museum, too.

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Lexington, ky
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I found the guides a little "robotic" while giving tours, and not knowledgeable enough to accurately answer questions that wasn't on their "script". Loved the exhibits in the museum. Tour guides need to work on their presentation.

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Riverton, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

I was traveling for days, and saw this was an actor action not too far out of the way, so I made it a destination before the final destination. It was very cool with lots of relics antiques, and best of all some of Jesse James and friends gun collection. I love guns so I found it very cool. There's... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

If you're a fan you will find this interesting. Small museum, a walk about around the farmhouse. Very little original left. It continues the James family tradition to make a buck on the Jessie James name. Light hearted, take it all in with a grain of salt.

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Stanford le Hope, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Visiting from UK. Nice visit, truly. Good to see somewhere that we only usually see in films and stuff. It's a good day out, kid friendly and pretty informative. The video presentation at the start is well put together as it the layout of the whole place. One little kind of in-joke from [us] visiting Europeans is that the place... More 

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Kathmandu, Nepal
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Jesse lived down the road from my ancestors the magills. So it was doubly interesting for my sister and i. The docent was so knowledgeable. Go and learn about Jesse and his family, particularly his mother. Omg!!!! Interesting day

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Kearney, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Enjoy taking our guests to this attraction. The history gives you insight into the events of the time that caused the acts of violence of the outlaws and the lawmen.

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Address: Address: 21216 James Farm Rd., Kearney, MO 64060
Phone Number: 816-736-8500
Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Kearney

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