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“What Fun”

Jail, Marshal's Home & Museum
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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.
Pleasant Hill, Missouri
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26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“What Fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2012

This was really a fun experience on a day when we were looking for something a little different. The sheriff was a lot of fun and we really enjoyed ourselves. The horse and buggy ride was also fun.

Visited October 2011
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Independence, Missouri, United States
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13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Tour historic jail”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2012

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

Visited December 2011
Thank Norman R
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Independence, MO
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44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Really Neat History”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited September 2011
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United States
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71 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Self-guided tour through an original piece of history.”
3 of 5 bubbles 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

Visited May 2011
1 Thank spenchea
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Bentonville, Arkansas
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86 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited August 2011
Thank KatzFamily
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