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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Monroe
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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122 reviews 122 reviews
48 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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665 reviews 665 reviews
289 attraction reviews
554 helpful votes 554 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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113 reviews 113 reviews
26 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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