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Jail, Marshal's Home & Museum

217 North Main Street, Independence, MO 64050
816-252-1892
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Ranked #10 of 24 Attractions in Independence
Type: Historic Sites, Specialty Museums
Description: Site where Jackson County Historical Society researches, preserves and exhibits law enforcement papers and objects from 1859 to 1882.
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Gladstone, Missouri
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

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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77 reviews 77 reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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576 reviews 576 reviews
260 attraction reviews
428 helpful votes 428 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We stopped at the 1859 Jail, Marshal's Home & Museum unexpectedly as we had parked across the street for the Visitor's Center for the Truman Home. The jail is located next to the Visitor's Center so is easy to find. There is a small charge which we gladly paid. The jail is not that large but provides a good history... More

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colorado springs
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

We didn't know about this place when we set out for Independence but stumbled along it as we exited the Visitor's Center for Truman's Home(which you have to get timed tickets to see). Glad we returned the next day to see inside. The most helpful of all hosts we visited. They support many of the towns offerings and are quite... More

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Independence, Missouri
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

The old jail is a really fun place to take friends and out of town visitors. The self guided tour gives a real sense of some of the local history. Walking through the cells made chills go up my spine! After the tour I recommend taking the wagon tour of the town. It's very interesting and the tour guide is... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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95 reviews 95 reviews
22 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Frank James spent a few months in this jail and that is interesting enough to warrant a trip! There is much history to partake in this little gem and worth the visit. **tip: Two for one tickets are available on the website visitindependence.com.

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Southern California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
12 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

This is a small Museum, but loaded with fun facts, and artifacts from that period. It is a self guided tour but you can take your time as you go through out it. Frank James was in jail here. It will only take you about an hour to see all of it, but it was very interesting. The staff was... More

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Collierville, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Cannot believe how well maintained this place is. A genuine mid 19th century jail where Frank James was a prisoner. A lot of memorabilia from the time.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

A small but well preserved part of u.s. history- the trip was made special by the ladies on the front desk who were very knowledgeable and made us most welcome. However if you are not into history there is no more than 10 minutes of content so best avoid. We found it fascinating.

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