Saint Joseph Travel Guide

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Saint Joseph Highlights

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     Historic district like no other, spires and towers galore 

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     No Jobs 

  • In a nutshell
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     See the primary museums and move on 

Saint Joseph Things to Do

  • National Military Heritage Museum

    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...

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  • Missouri Theater

    Now used for plays and theater activities, this structure has a very unique front and tiles of many colors. It was built in 1927 and lasted for 50 years until it went into decline.

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  • Buchanan County Courthouse

    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

    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...

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  • Albrecht Kemper Museum

    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...

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  • Robidoux Row House Museum

    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,...

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  • St. Joseph Museum

    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

    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...

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  • Jesse James Home

    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

    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...

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  • Twin Spires Cathedral

    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...

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  • Pony Express Museum

    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...

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  • The Pony Express National Museum

    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...

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  • The Pony Express

    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

    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....

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  • Black Archives of St. Joseph

    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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  • Monument Marks the Beginning of the...

    This monument, located in the small park across the street from the Pony Express Stables, marks the beginning of the route to Sacramento.

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  • Stomach Surgery

    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

    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

    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...

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  • Patee House Museum

    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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Saint Joseph Hotels

Saint Joseph Restaurants

  • Nice Dinner Spot

    Usually when I visit a place, I try to eat as much ?local? as possible. However, a friend of mine that is originally from St. Joe highly recommended Whiskey Creek. I believe this is a small chain of about a dozen locations. This was my first visit.First off, they seat you with a bucket of peanuts. Don?t worry about looking for a trash can for the...

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  • We found this cute little...

    We found this cute little place by the Patee House. It looks like you can get hot dogs and ice cream, but it wasn't open when we were there.

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  • There are ample restaurants...

    There are ample restaurants ranging in prices of under $10.00 to over $20.00. There are unique restaurants and the ever present McDonalds. One interesting restaurant is the Ice House Dinner Theatre which offers comedies and musicals with dining and is open throughout the year. Price - over $20.00. Note: reservations are required.

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Saint Joseph Transportation

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    The best way to get to St. Joseph is by car or bus. Once you reach St. Jo, take one of the First Street Trolley cars. These are reproductions of streetcars from earlier times. The trolley stops at many of the most popular and historic sites and is an economical way to experience the full flavor of St. Joseph. The trolley also connects the hotels...

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  • Pony Express riders used...

    Pony Express riders used horses. If you don't have a horse then you might need a car. From Pony Express museum there are a few places close enough to walk to. This picture is of an exhibit inside the Pony Express Museum. That joker in the yellow shirt is not part of the exhibit.

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Saint Joseph Local Customs

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    Corby and 11st Streets (post at left)

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    Most of St Joseph's streets are one-way, so cruising directly to your destination is not always a straightforward matter. As well, the typical street signs often disappear once you leave the historic centers, but streets are generally marked nonetheless by small posts at intersections. If you note the disappearance of the familiar green street signs, watch for white posts at the corners rising no more than three feet.

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Saint Joseph Off The Beaten Path

  • Westminster Presbyterian Church

    Several blocks away from the decidedly more handsome churches in the historic center, the Westminster Presbyterian Church is distinguished among other St Joseph churches in its Tiffany windows. While these may not be spectacular from the inside or from without, they remain rare examples of elegant glassworks through the whole of Missouri.

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  • St Joseph home interiors

    As stated before, many of the Victorian and other mansions in St Joseph are privately owned by businesses or individuals. The Miller-Porter-Lacy House was first confused by this author for a museum (since one sits next door in another mansion). The present owner was gracious enough to show off the historic interior and the embellishments made by...

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  • Miller-Porter-Lacy House

    This great residence actually rose from humble roots in the early 1880s. At first a simple farmhouse with two stories and single shell, the Millers widened the home into a mansion by 1900. With thirteen rooms and nine chimneys spread over 11,000 square feet, this listing on the National Register of Historic Places is one of many Frederick Avenue...

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Saint Joseph Favorites

  • A Wealth of Victorian Commercial Fronts

    As in most communities where the past is considered a treasure, St Joseph has converted most of its historical buildings into thriving businesses without transforming the buildings themselves. Between other (and less impressive) structures on Frederick Avenue, even listings on the National Register of Historic Places, are businesses such as the...

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  • Civic Center Park

    St Joseph possesses what many similarly-sized and larger cities lack, which is a wide open common in the city center. The Civic Center Park is bounded by the Pony Express monument, a hillside with a facsimile of the Statue of Liberty and a pocket of B&Bs (old Victorian homes), a few important churches and the imposing City Hall with its gorgeous...

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  • Before the Transcontinental

    Before the railroad linked the coasts in 1869, one of the few unbroken connections between the Mississippi River and the West Coast came through the Pony Express. Young riders would pitch through relatively unpopulated country where unknown dangers and hostile tribes often overlapped their routes, but in the history of the circuit precious few...

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