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Tyler and I both took extra time off around Christmas. It’s really the only time we take a week or so off work without going somewhere (I guess “going somewhere” is relative since we end up going to Wichita for Christmas).
We’ve lived in Kansas City for more than five years now and have slowly tried to visit the touristy things in this area. One place we had on our list was the Jesse James Home Museum in St. Joseph, Missouri. The city of St. Joseph is about an hour north of Overland Park, Kansas. On one of our days off, we made the hour drive up to St. Joseph.
The Jesse James Home Museum is the house in St. Joseph, Missouri where outlaw Jesse James was living and gunned down on April 3, 1882, by Robert Ford, who wanted to claim a bounty even though he was a fellow gang member.
At the time of the murder of Jesse James, the home was located at 1318 Lafayette Street in St. Joseph. In 1939, it was moved to a busier Belt Highway location near a gas station. In 1977, the Jesse James home was moved to a location directly behind Patee House at 12th and Mitchell in St. Joseph, only two blocks away from its original location, which restored more of its historic context.
You can see where the bullet hole hit (below the crooked picture), but the gun below the bullet hole is a replica from that era. The hole was actually much smaller but over the years, souvenir hunters carved shavings from the hole and enlarged it.
The blood naturally soaked through and made two large stains on the wooden floor. From these spots unknown persons, who have gained access to the house by breaking into the windows, have cut chips the size of a match or a tooth-pick, and carried them away, jubilant in conviction of possessing even so paltry a curiosity commemorative of the taking-off of the dreaded Jesse James.
Here is a portrait of Jesse James. You can learn more about Jesse James here.