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St Joseph's landmarks tell the story of how the West was won: westernmost stop on the Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad; eastern terminus of the Pony Express; temporary home of settlers heading to Kansas and beyond. The 1858 Patee House was one of the grandest hotels west of the Mississippi and headquarters of the Pony Express. Now it's a museum with recreated Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad and Pony Express offices among its exhibits. The Robidoux Row Museum consists of several connected houses built by city founder Joseph Robidoux as temporary housing for settlers. A bullet hole in the wall at the Jesse James House graphically describes the ...

St Joseph's landmarks tell the story of how the West was won: westernmost stop on the Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad; eastern terminus of the Pony Express; temporary home of settlers heading to Kansas and beyond. The 1858 Patee House was one of the grandest hotels west of the Mississippi and headquarters of the Pony Express. Now it's a museum with recreated Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad and Pony Express offices among its exhibits. The Robidoux Row Museum consists of several connected houses built by city founder Joseph Robidoux as temporary housing for settlers. A bullet hole in the wall at the Jesse James House graphically describes the day James was killed by a fellow gang member, while markers on the street show where "Wild Bill" Hickock and his adversaries each stood during the infamous shootout in St. Joe. Memorabilia from the town's early days is displayed in the Albrecht-Kemper Museum and the Doll Museum, which is housed in a former Missouri farmhouse. The Glore Psychiatric Museum focuses on such equipment as lobotomy instruments, a restraining cage and a tranquilizing chair.

Connie Emerson
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Connie Emerson is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Cheapskate's Guide to Branson, Missouri and Eyewitness Top Ten Travel Guide – Las Vegas.

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Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Spring, fall. Winter can be chilly; summer days and nights are often humid.