Independence, Missouri: 1859 Jail Museum

In use until 1933. Its most famous prisoner was Jesse James' brother.
217 N. Main St., Independence, MO
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.
W-Sa 10-4, Su 1-4 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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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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