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    Stomach Surgery

    by basstbn Updated Mar 24, 2005

    One patient hospitalized in the St. Joseph hospital was operated on to remove objects which he had swallowed. When the surgeons had finished, they had removed 1,446 items, now creatively assembled on display. Items include buttons, thimbles, pins, nails, etc. The patient died in surgery, not from the ingestion of the thousand plus articles.

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    Glore Psychiatric Museum

    by basstbn Updated Mar 24, 2005

    Some of the treatments from older times shown in the museum include a giant "gerbil-like treadmill", cold water dunking, various types of electrical shock treatments, brain surgery, and more. Some of the methods of confinement, such as the coffin-like pen seen in this picture, seem barbaric to us now.

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    Glore Psychiatric Museum

    by basstbn Updated Mar 24, 2005

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    Typical patient care room in the mid 1900s

    It's interesting how people react to this museum - some see it as fascinating and fun; others as really depressing. I guess Nancy and I fell somewhere in the middle of these two extremes after our visit to the Glore Psychiatric Museum. Located in a wing of the old state lunatic asylum, this educational museum outlines care and treatment of the mentally ill over the last four centuries or so. One can only hope that those who come after us will not think us to be as unenlightened as those depicted in the exhibits here.

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    Patee House Museum

    by basstbn Updated Mar 23, 2005

    This landmark was built in 1858 as a luxurious four-story hotel. In 1860, it served as the headquarters for the Pony Express, housing the office and the riders as well. It was closed on the day we visited - a weekday during the school year.

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    Jesse James House

    by basstbn Updated Mar 23, 2005

    The Jesse Jame home was closed on this particular visit to Saint Joseph. During the summer, it is open seven days a week, but other times is open only on weekends. Years ago I did visit the home and saw where Bob Ford shot Jesse James in the back of the head in 1882. Ford was a member of James' gang and shot his leader to collect reward money. There is a hole in the wall where it is said the bullet entered after going through the outlaw's head.

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    Christ Episcopal Church

    by mrclay2000 Updated Nov 9, 2003
    Christ Episcopal Church

    Already standing for five years when Jesse James was assassinated a few blocks away to the southeast, the Christ Episcopal Church is like the First Baptist in that it retains its rugged, original looks. Slightly more ornate than First Baptist and raising a more conspicuous spire, the Christ Episcopal also enjoys a better location toward the center of historic downtown. Together with First Presbyterian on the next block eastward, the two spires form a commanding dual presence.

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    Carnegie Free Library

    by mrclay2000 Updated Nov 8, 2003

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    Carnegie Free Library, Coffeyville

    Built by the Eckel firm in the first quarter of the 20th century, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Carnegie Free Library on Massachusetts features the Classical Revival. Among other Carnegie Libraries throughout the country, many of which appear on the outside no prettier than a thoughtless box, the specimen in St Joseph is likewise rich on the interior but outwardly enjoys an imposing entrance in grand columns and a flat dome to crown its holdings.

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    American National Bank Building

    by mrclay2000 Written Nov 8, 2003
    American National Bank Building

    Built in the last quarter of the 19th century, this highrise (also known as the German-American Bank Building) has Romanesque features in its upper stories, an interesting style in its outer windows as seen from the streets below. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building has since become the recluse in St Joseph affairs, becoming of late only a partly-filled hive of minor businesses.

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    Patee Town Historic District

    by mrclay2000 Updated Nov 8, 2003
    Patee Market in Patee Town

    Bounded by Penn, South 11th, Lafayette and South 15th Streets, the Patee Town Historic District represents the classic and prototypical 19th-century commercial district in the United States. Dating from the same period as the Patee House (see above), the entire area still retains many of its frontier markets and hotels, while being bounded by the Patee House and the Jesse James House, two excellent examples of different kinds of frontier housing structures. The district is one of many on the National Register of Historic Places.

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    New Life Full Gospel Church

    by mrclay2000 Written Nov 8, 2003
    sanctuary, New Life Full Gospel Church

    Directly adjacent to the Zion United Church of Christ is a lesser copy on the same model, but had the better building been removed to some distance block, the New Life Full Gospel Church might be said to have its own merits. Prominent among these is the tall Romanesque belltower, but within its square sanctuary is an arguably better set of stained glass windows than its better-designed and more classic neighbor.

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    Christian Scientist Church/Francis Street Library

    by mrclay2000 Written Nov 8, 2003
    former Christian Scientist Church

    After the white dome of the county courthouse, the most prominent dome in St Joseph is the silver dome of the former Christian Scientist Church. Built on a square plan with classic features and a silver entablature, the building's stone exterior is a beautiful anchor of the Civic Center Park. No longer held by Christian Scientists, the property now houses the public library controlled by the Francis Street First United Methodist across the street.

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    Medieval Facades?

    by mrclay2000 Written Nov 8, 2003
    Zion United Church of Christ

    Though its sanctuary is nothing much to behold nor its stained glass likely to convert the community, the outward architecture of Zion United Church of Christ is gorgeous and varied depending on the perspective. Whether you gaze at the tall gables, the Romanesque belltower, the central spire or the medieval portico (the grand original entrance), there is almost as much detail on the exterior as that boasted by the Twin Spires.

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    Zion United Church of Christ

    by mrclay2000 Written Nov 8, 2003
    Zion United Church of Christ

    Disputing with Francis Street First United as the nobler church of stone, the Zion United Church of Christ has grand pretensions and a wonderful location. Built in 1924 as the Zion Evangelical Church, this house of worship has the splendid belltower, a square sanctuary, and on its northeast flank a gabled portico that looks positively medieval. Sitting among so many other churches with varying styles, the Zion United is a treat for the eyes.

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    Robidoux Hill Historic District

    by mrclay2000 Written Nov 8, 2003
    one of many three-story mansions on Robidoux Hill

    Just east of the county courthouse is one of St Joseph's most exclusive and oldest neighborhoods, the Robidoux Hill Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As with Cathedral Hill and its posh residences nearby, the Robidoux area is surfeit with Victorian mansions as well as the former home of designer and architect Edmund Eckel, likewise listed on the National Register. This district is bounded by Franklin, Robidoux, and 4th & 5th Streets, and features homes in the Italianate, Queen Anne and Second Empire styles.

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    First Lutheran Church

    by mrclay2000 Written Nov 8, 2003
    First Lutheran Church

    In a city where all buildings pale in the shadow of Twin Spires, the First Lutheran Church is modest by comparison but still a beautiful structure with an excellent showing of stained glass windows. Located in the environs of Museum Hill, the First Lutheran stands out in an area where other public buildings tend to thin out.

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