Jail, Marshal's Home & Museum, Independence

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In between the jail's construction in 1859 and the final decommissioning in 1933 a lot happened in the limestone cells--we call it history. Guerilla raider, William Quantrill, met an angry mob upon his release from the facility. Scores of Women and Children were detained behind bars during Order Number 11. The infamous Frank James roamed the halls of the jail and read many a classic book in his cell. In the 1900s inmates were chained together and put to work building new roads for a rapidly developing county.

After the last jailer hung up his keys, the county found a use for the jail and home when it housed several offices, work training programs and government bureaus during the Great Depression.
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  • This is a fun visit for local history. Takes under an hour to see it all. There’s much to learn here. You walk through the jail and the home. Family friendly. Our guide was great. 
    This is a fun visit for local history. Takes under an hour to see it all. There’s much to learn here. You walk through the jail and the home. Family friendly. Our guide was great.  more »
  • Neat little piece of history tucked away in Independence MO. Admission is $3 a person and it's a self guided tour of the marshals home as well as the jail and a small museum along with a courtyard... 
    Neat little piece of history tucked away in Independence MO. Admission is $3 a person and it's a self guided tour of the marshals home as well as the jail and a small museum along with a courtyard...  more »
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  • The people that were working there where extremely nice and the man who walked us through the jail told us the history behind it. He was very knowledgeable and I’d recommend anyone to check it out!!! It’s absolutely amazing
  • A great little nugget of local and county history. Worth the small entry fee.

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