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Jesse James Farm and Museum

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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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Such a cool legendary piece of History

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 7, 2015
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Riverton, Utah
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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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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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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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Paola, Kansas, Usa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Went into the farm house on our walk we did not know you had to be with a tour to enter it was sternly told this after we went inside it was not posted in the visitor center about this only to check up front before going out the door

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All tours through the house are led by an historic interpreter as part of the tour which consists of the 20 minute film and three galleries of artifacts. More 

Northfield
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

I really enjoyed this place. They have a brief but informative movie to familiarize you with Jesse James life. Then we were taken on a walking tour of the property. The tour guide was friendly and fun. The house was full of furniture and things owned by the James family. They also had a small museum of James family memorabilia.... More 

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Fairland, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014 via mobile

I love history and my husband's And I visit outlaws graves all over. I knew his grave was not here but went anyways. Don't know why people complain about no pictures allowed in tje house there's nothing worth taking a picture but very intetesting. I will bring kids back.

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White Lake, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Still wondering why we all love the outlaws, but i suppose that is just hollywood. Working locally at a nearby auto plant and had the weekend off. Musuem has many very interesting artifacts, all well represented . Introductory video was very good. 8 dollars for adults, includes guided tour of the James homes.

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