Jail, Marshal's Home & Museum, Independence

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Historic Site · Specialty Museum
In between the jail's construction in 1859 and the final decommissioning in 1933 a lot happened in the limestone cells--we call it history. Guerilla raider, William Quantrill, met an angry mob upon his release from the facility. Scores of Women and Children were detained behind bars during Order Number 11. The infamous Frank James roamed the halls of the jail and read many a classic book in his cell. In the 1900s inmates were chained together and put to work building new roads for a rapidly developing county.

After the last jailer hung up his keys, the county found a use for the jail and home when it housed several offices, work training programs and government bureaus during the Great Depression.
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  • Loved the tour of this old jail. You are able to go inside the jail cells...even Frank James "fancy" cell. Lots of interesting stories and artifacts.  more »
  • Being from Missouri l am a history buff . The tour was interesting and informative. Learned a few new things which is always good. Not many know this but Frank James is buried in a city park just...  more »
  • Definitely worth checking out. We really enjoyed it. The gentleman there really knew his history.
  • My 10 year son was willing to "be incarcerated" in history! Less interested in the display of wedding dresses. Sigh.

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