Kearney, Missouri, Kansas City
A place to get used to on a slower pace. It is a smaller town, but growing due to suburban sprawl. It is 30 miles form downtown, but people enjoy the living outside the close in, so commute is slow and lengthy, but home quiet, when you get there. Jesse James has his fame, and came from here. That takes up a lot of the tourists sites to see here. He was a known rebel, but what is not known is he also was revered by many due to his stance against the North during reconstruction period. He tried to get into politics, but was rebuffed, and Crittendon put a bounty out on James once he started robbing/killing. He died with his boots on, but no weapon to defend himself.
Visit the infamous Jesse James Farm & Museum in the suburbs of Kansas City in Liberty, MO. This is a really interesting little place. For a $6.50 donation you can learn all about Jesse James and his family and see authentic memorabilia. Begin your visit with a short movie followed by a self guided tour of the small indoor musuem. Finally a guided tour of Jessie James historic home completes your visit. The folks at the museum are very knowledgable and willing to answer questions and dispell any rumors concerning Jessie James.
Please note they do not allow any photography within the house or museum.
On the way you can enjoy the beautiful, green rolling hills of Missouri! There are many interesting places on the way to stop, including some vineyards where you can get good Missouri wine and other local products.