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.Plan to see Jail, Marshal's Home & Museum and other attractions that appeal to you using our Independence trip itinerary planning website.
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.
Being from Missouri l am a history buff . The tour was interesting and informative. Learned a few new things which is always good. Not many know this but Frank James is buried in a city park just... more »
We stopped by on a Saturday afternoon. One of the only things opened in this scared little town. Didn’t expect much but for $6/person we really enjoyed ourselves. A lot of history here. They even... more »
Definitely worth checking out. We really enjoyed it. The gentleman there really knew his history.
My 10 year son was willing to "be incarcerated" in history! Less interested in the display of wedding dresses. Sigh.
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