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Address: 217 North Main Street, Independence, MO 64050
Phone Number: 816-252-1892
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Description: Site where Jackson County Historical Society researches, preserves and...
Site where Jackson County Historical Society researches, preserves and exhibits law enforcement papers and objects from 1859 to 1882.
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Interesting and Unique Museum

Just decided to visit this place since we were in Independence. It was actually pretty interesting. This jail was built in 1859 and operational in 1860. Cellblocks are made out... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
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Leavenworth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Fun place to take kids for a visit. Took my grandchildren ages 9 through 11 and they all loved it! Took lots of pictures inside the jail cells and the kids enjoyed the museum in the back, too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Self-guided tour. Love James brother history. Seeing Frank's cell was a highlight of my trip to this city. You are not allowed to enter Frank's cell. My pre-teen daughter learned a lot and even became interested in the topic. The lady working here was a gem! We recommend.

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Leavenworth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Just decided to visit this place since we were in Independence. It was actually pretty interesting. This jail was built in 1859 and operational in 1860. Cellblocks are made out of limestone. The most notorious prisoner held in this location was Alexander Franklin (Frank) James. Also of interest is the dining room, sleeping chambers (for the Jailor and his wife),... More 

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Wescosville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

While you're in Independence, this place is worth a visit. It is located next door to the Truman Visitor's Center. It has some real nice period pieces in it and the self guided tour of the jailor's house and quarters and the jail cells is a nice tour. You get to see the cell where Frank James was held and... More 

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Monroe
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

I was not interested in the topic and could not get into the topic, but the folks I was with were very interested in seeing and reading the information. Give it a look and see what you think.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This museum is located right next to the NPS building for the Truman site on the Old Courthouse square. From the outside, it doesn't look like much. When you get inside, you get to take a self guided tour of the Marshal's home as well as the jail itself. Inside the jail you can see the cell where Jesse James... More 

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Webster, South Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

It is a small museum, but a great little piece of history. The jail cells are awesome to stand in and imagine.

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Gladstone, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

The Jail is amazing! The historical factor is very captivating. There was a shoot out and someone even tried to burn it down at one point. There is the whole haunted aspect as well that makes it feel creepy too. Its in Independence Square and you would never know there was a jail there if you didn't look or research... More 

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York, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 via mobile

Beside the jail is a visitor center. And in front of the visitor center. Is a town tour in a covered wagon that is outstanding. Take the hour and a half tour and it will the begs money you'll spend in Independence other than the Truman library. There is a fascinating civil war history in Independence and this tour tells... More 

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New Braunfels, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We visited the jail as part of our recent visit to Independence. I found the price to be a bit high for what you see, and it is a self-guided tour. It was neat to see the jail and marshal's home preserved, as well as the famed jail cell of Frank James when his trial was moved to Independence. However,... More 

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