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    National Military Heritage Museum

    by BruceDunning Updated Aug 2, 2010

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    This is a site of a number of "eclectic" reminders of the military that includes uniforms, medals, 3 helicopters, a trench system, and many scattered things. It is in a disarray, but the owner is proud of what he has, and sells military items. He really is an accommodating person, though, and will show you around the lace. Admission is only $2.50-open 9-4 Mon-Friday and 9-12 Sat.

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    Buchanan County Courthouse

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 26, 2010

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    This site is the place of the original structure from 1873. It also houses the jail and other facility administration. It was renovated in 1989, and the facade upgraded with newer looking brick. The dome had extensive work done on it, and is today silver in painted color

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    Local Architecture

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 26, 2010

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    There are still a number of nice homes that reflect the elegant lifestyle of old times when things were good-back in late 1800's to about early 1920's. A lot have been torn down, or now cut up into low end apartments. Most are the homes that are just on the east edge of town, and those neighborhoods have changed for the worse. There used to be a homes tour, but that all seemed to have closed 4-5 years ago, or more. What a shame.
    Wyeth-Toole home dating back to 1879 is still featured in visitors literature as open for viewing-NOT. A home of Francis Browne from 1879 is also not any longer open, but the owner let me inside for quick view. These are on 10th & 11th Sts and Charles AVe

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    Albrecht Kemper Museum

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 26, 2010

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    This is a nice art gallery of mostly paintings and some sculptures. There are portraits from 1700-1800's, and some modern day scenery, and some bizarre contemporary types. The museum opened in 1966 kin what was the home of the Albrechts. Crosby Kemper, a wealthy banker and wife contributed many paintings, so they also got the fame. Museum takes about 1 1/2 hours to view and the displays are good. Entry is $5 and open Tues-Fri 10-4 and Sat& Sunday 1-4

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    Robidoux Row House Museum

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 26, 2010

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    This is what is left of a string seven units that served as apartments for settlers that came to town to set roots. While they were getting their homes built, they stayed here. The row was built in 1843 and lasted until mid 1880's. The place was closed for a while, and then in 1960's it was renovated and a small museum is inside. Not much to see, and probably not worth the tour and cost of $4.

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    St. Joseph Museum

    by BruceDunning Written Jun 26, 2010

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    This is a nice, but somewhat small display of Indian artifacts, and some history. The best part is the paintings/drawings of the different Indian tribes, and its people. Great works of art on the walls. Entry with the Glore Psychiatric Museum also is $5-open 10-5 Mon-Sat and 1-5 Sunday

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    Glore Psychiactric Museum

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 26, 2010

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    It is to say the least--EEERY. The displays of how mental patients were restrained back in the days dating many centuries ago, is gut wrenching. Not until about early 1900's did the attitude change and they tried to calm patients and guide them to work out of their dispair. They used cold water treatments, wheel treading, and incarceration. It did not usually work, but the sheer crude methods of handling them waned. This facility was used for 130 years and is large; today some is a prison, and rest another museum area for St. Joseph Indian history.
    Open 10-5 Mon-SAt and Sunday 1-5. Cost is $5, and includes entry to St. Joseph museum and black archive people museum

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    Jesse James Home

    by BruceDunning Written Jun 26, 2010

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    This is the place where he was shot in 1882, and the bullet hole is said to be seen in the wall. I did not go inside because of time constraints and $4 admission. Located behind the Patee House museum

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    Patee House Museum

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 26, 2010

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    This hotel was from 1858 and built by John Patee, a wealthy merchant that made money trading and selling goods to settlers heading west. It only was a hotel for the first time until 1865, but during most of that time the Union Civil North troops were stationed inside. It then became a college, and later for 80 years a garment factory. It has been a museum sine 1965, and a large and cavernous area inside. The featured specials are travel and communication displays, and a replicated old time street front of what St. Joe may have looked like. There are a great number of sites in the museum and it is well worth the trip. In addition, their is a carousel merry-go-round that is depicting a vintage 1941 of the animals, all hand carved by Bruce White. It is a very nice site and in the rear of the building. Carousel rides cost is $3, and museum cost is $5, and open 9-6

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    Twin Spires Cathedral

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 26, 2010

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    A church first was built in 1860, but wind destroyed it in 1864, and rebuilt in 1867 of brick. In 1908, it was torn down and built again out of brick. The church thrived until the neighborhood declined. The complex of religious refuge for nuns and priests closed back about 20 years ago. The city had possession since 1992, and in 2002 a local bought it for $200,000. Since then, little has been done, but only used for events and weddings. The icons and alter inside the church all remained, and they are in good condition still. The stairs to the spires are dangerous to take; so not allowed to the top. The shame is that the church and its spires have gone by as a monument of what once was great dignified glory of this religious icon
    The neighborhood is run down and many wonderful old and ornate homes are now low end apartments with unemployed people hanging around looking for nothing to do

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    Pony Express Museum

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 26, 2010

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    This was a nice museum for sites and a reading and interactive depiction of the pony express system when it began in April, 1860. It only lasted until October, 1861, and was closed because not enough money was earned in shipping mail to west coast/California, and the telegraph got completed so some communication took place that way.
    Start up by Russel, Majors & Waddell was $70,000. Russell later went to prison for fraud in the rounding up of funds for the express. They charged $5 (1860 price) for a one half ounce weight postcard, and a rider could carry about 40 pounds in the pouch. There were only 80 riders of 200 total employees for the 2,000 mile stretch. At each 8-10 miles a relay station was to change horses. Riders were paid $50. Indian problems and weather created havoc for riders and delays. The Paiute Indian battles in late 1860 shut down the line for 4 months, and it took $75,000 to rebuild the destruction.
    The museum was a nice chronological staging of events that took you from St. Joe to end point in Sacramento, California, and described the difficulties along the way. It is open 9-6 Mon-Sat and admission is $5; worth the tour.

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    The Pony Express National Museum

    by etfromnc Written Jan 2, 2009

    Almost 150 years ago, at 7:15 on the morning of 3 April 1860, a single young man left The Pony Express Stables in St Joseph on what was probably the most historic horseback ride since Paul Revere galloped through the night in colonial Massachusetts. That young man and dozens like him who would follow his hoofprints in the months to follow carried news, mail, and the hopes for unification of eastern and western United States many varied exhibits2000 miles between St Joseph and Sacramento, California. These young men had to brave the elements, outlaws, wild animals, hostile Indians, and rugged terrain to do their part in uniting our nation.
    Today the stables (and the adjacent city block) from which that first young man took his daring ride house The Pony Express National Museum and if you are ever in west central Misouri, it is well worth a visit.
    There is a wide variety of exhibits in the stable buildings and grounds but within the stable building the organizing focus is a 70-foot diorama which depicts the time, the terrain, the trails, the struggles, and even the termination of the Pony Express.

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    The Pony Express

    by basstbn Updated Mar 26, 2005
    The beginning of the trail in the stable.

    Only the bravest young orphan men were signed on as Pony Express riders due to the extreme dangers of the trail. Riders would gallop at top speed from one station to another, changing horses at each at top speed. They would rest only when they reached their destination and passed the mail bag to the next rider.

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    Pony Express Museum

    by basstbn Updated Mar 26, 2005

    Prior to 1860, it took months to get a piece of mail from the eastern US to California. Beginning in April of 1860, that time was cut dramatically due to the organization of the Pony Express. Fearless young horsemen in relay fashion would carry the mail from the western terminus of the railway at St. Joseph to Sacramento, California, in ten days.

    What were originally the stables of the Pony Express is now a museum dedicated to telling the story of these tumultuous years.

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    Black Archives of St. Joseph

    by basstbn Updated Mar 25, 2005
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    Included in the museum complex is an area devoted to the history of blacks in the St. Joseph vicinity. Notable amongst the displays is this tribute to Coleman Hawkins, one of the greatest tenor sax players in the history of jazz to date. Hawkins was a native of St. Joe.

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