Independence, Missouri: 1859 Jail Museum

In use until 1933. Its most famous prisoner was Jesse James' brother.
Address:
217 N. Main St., Independence, MO
Directions:
Downtown, on the east side of Main St., just south of its intersection with E. Truman Rd. It doesn't look like a jail from the outside.
Hours:
W-Sa 10-4, Su 1-4 (Call to verify)
Phone:
816-461-1897
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1859 Jail Museum

During the 19th century penitentiaries were used to reform prisoners, but the 1859 Jail was different. It was a county jail -- in use until 1933 -- and not made to reform prisoners, who were held for only a short time. Nevertheless, this jail housed Frank James for 112 days during 1882, at a cost to the taxpayers of $47.90. He received special treatment such as visitors, gifts, and donated food. His cell was furnished unlike all the others.

[Jon Morgan, 11/25/2019]

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