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Jesse James Bank Museum, Liberty

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History Museum · Historic Site

It was a cold and snowy February afternoon when a group of horsemen rode into Liberty, Missouri. After a short time, gunshots broke the winter silence as the men rode off with their loot leaving one young college student dead and the town in shock.

The Jesse James Bank, located on the historic square in Liberty, Missouri, was the site of the nation’s first successful daylight peacetime bank robbery. While the robbers were never caught, the crime as attributed to the infamous James Gang.

Visitors see bank as it was in 1866. Period furnishings fill the room and one become immersed in the story of the robbery as told by the bank teller. As you peer into the original green vault you can imagine the fear felt by the two bank tellers. Among the furnishings, a rare Seth Thomas clock, set for the exact time and date of the robbery, February 13, 1866. Many photographs and other documents are on display for the public to view.
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  • We stopped in Liberty for some antique shopping and decided to check out the museum. It was a great museum. It's hard to think of Missouri as part of the wild west, but here you got the sense of a...  more »
  • im cousins with Jesse James, and Bonnie of Bonnie and Clyde, i was in Liberty Missouri when i hitchiked through, thanks for preserving history
  • Never open to go inside . . . what is the point of a museum if it is never open.

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