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Liberty, Missouri: Jesse James Bank Museum

Bank restored to how it looked on Feb. 13, 1866, when the Jesse James Gang pulled off its -- and the nation's -- first successful daylight peacetime bank robbery. Historical plaque on outside of building, "Site of the First Daylight Bank Hold-Up in United States."

103 N Water St., Liberty, MO
NE of Kansas City, I-35 exit 16, in downtown Liberty. Corner of N. Water and Franklin Sts.
M-Sa 10-4 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Unidentified member of the Jess James Gang.

Jesse James First Bank Robbery

Small building on the corner has plaque out front declaring "First Bank Robbed by Jesse James." Inside, a colorful guide explains how the robbery occurred, as well as some local history of the area. Small but informative collection of James Gang memorabilia is in a room in the back. Small entrance fee.

[Jennifer, 03/16/2015]
Jesse James Bank Museum

This is a one-room bank with the story of the robbery, including the fact that Jesse James wasn't even there when it was robbed. There is one other room to look through that does contain a lot of history, but Jesse James' name is on this bank for the publicity only.

[Cynthia, 12/09/2005]

The museum opened in 1966 on the 100th anniversary of the robbery -- whoever the robbers were....

First Daylight Bank Robbery

The first daylight bank robbery in the United States -- the deed was done by Jesse James. The old bank is on the town center. Liberty is ten mile south of Kearney, MO -- home of the infamous outlaw.

[beau, 04/23/2004]

It's the Jesse James Bank Museum. We name banks after the people who rob them.

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In the region:
Mule Deer Country Museum, Kansas City, KS - 23 mi.

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