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“Tour historic jail”

Jail, Marshal's Home & Museum
Ranked #12 of 46 things to do in Independence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Jail built in 1859, and operated as a county jail until 1933. The infamous Frank James was incarcerated here. Learn about the evolution of justice on the Missouri frontier.
Reviewed April 13, 2012

Very interesting histroy mid 1800s. Frank James was held there. Small cells that held as many as 25 prisoners.

Thank Norman R
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Reviewed February 27, 2012

This easily overlooked museum is a must-do in Independence. It has steep stairs and is hard to negotiate at times, but well worth the trouble. The signifigance of this building, and some of the artifacts inside (the paintings for instance) are of real interest to anyone who loves history.

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Reviewed December 20, 2011

We were the only guests when we visited and were treated to a private tour of the Marshall's home and jail. (Make sure you check the Independence Visitor's website -- we found a BOGO coupon.)

It's a very enlightening view of what life was like. You get to view where the Marshall and his family lived while he was in service, in addition to the old jail, which is right next to their living quarters. It's filled with everyday household items from the period, which are very interesting to see. When you make your way to the jail, you can see the small cells, which held the prisoners. Their most notable prisoner, who was treated like a celebrity, was Frank James. His cell is complete with the luxuries he enjoyed while incarcerated. Once you've visited the jailhouse, you will proceed to the information center, which gives a lot of information about Jackson County throughout the years...which saw a lot a drama.

As long as you don't mind a self-guided tour, you'll enjoy your visit. It does give you the ability to walk through at your own pace so you can take your time really taking in all you see!


Special Note: You will need to climb stairs to get to the Marshall's home quarters

1  Thank spenchea
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Reviewed September 20, 2011

We visited based on a recommendation from someone at the visitor's center (right next door) and it was interesting. Aside from information given when you pay, it is a self guided tour through the home and jail. My boys loved it because you could go into the jail cells and explore. Historically it was interesting to see some of the period era pieces they had on display and to see Frank James jail cell. Overall, glad we visited but probably don't need to go again. A bit more of a guided tour would have been nice. If you have kids between 6 and 12, this would be interesting for them and doesn't take all that long to tour.

Thank KatzFamily
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Reviewed June 15, 2011

Didn't quite know what to expect, but this was actually very interesting. The gentlemen collecting the money (I believe $6 adult admission) explaining some things downstairs, but overall this is self-guided with a nice handout explaining each room. What I liked is that you could go in to each room, upstairs included. The two story home was residence for the County Marshall and a cell block. There is a one-room schoolhouse in the rear courtyard. Many of the furnishings are explained in the handout, so it is very helpful to follow along.
The jail was interesting, as was the story of General Orders No. 11 and Frank James' Cell. There were also alot of nice items on display in the museum area.
This stop was a pleasant surprise and they encouraged picture taking!

Thank chs80
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