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Jail, Marshal's Home & Museum

217 North Main Street, Independence, MO 64050
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Ranked #9 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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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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548 reviews 548 reviews
254 attraction reviews
411 helpful votes 411 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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26 reviews 26 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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85 reviews 85 reviews
18 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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
33 helpful votes 33 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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49 reviews 49 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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Lincoln, Nebraska
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93 reviews 93 reviews
57 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

We had an admission coupon from the Independence visitors website, so my 12 year old son and I decided to check it out. The lady from the historical society was very friendly and knowledgable. She described everything that we were going to see and told us stories about the James brothers and the Civil War. She even let me use... More

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Kansas City, Missouri, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

I tagged along on a tour during the December holidays. WOW. The marshall and his wife gave the tour and it is such an interesting place. One of a kind. Must see.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

I loved the jail & Marshal's home. It was quite fascinating thinking of raising your children in the same building you kept hardened criminals. The jail cells were certainly a stark reminder of why you don't want to break the law. I thought the building was well maintained, I enjoyed the exhibits, lots of information. However, I did not understand... More

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