Jesse James Bank Museum, Liberty

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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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  • Visited this museum on the way back from a Kansas City trip with my husband and 19 year old nephew. My nephew noticed the signs for it on the way down and made sure we stopped coming home. I’m glad we...  more »
  • This is not the site of the first bank robbery in the USA. It was the first daylight, peacetime bank robbery. Previously banks had been robbed at night or as acts of war. Our guide was knowledgeable 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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