Jesse James Home Museum, Saint Joseph

The Jesse James Home Museum is the house in St. Joseph, Missouri where outlaw Jesse James was living and was gunned down on April 3, 1882, by Robert Ford. It is a one-story, Greek Revival style frame dwelling measuring 24 feet, 2 inches, wide and 30 feet, 4 inches, deep.
At the time, the house was located at 1318 Lafayette Street in St. Joseph. In 1939, it was moved to a busier Belt Highway location. In 1977, it was moved to a location directly behind Patee House at 12th and Mitchell in St. Joseph, only two blocks away from its original location, which restored more of its historic context.
The investigation into the shooting death of James was conducted at Patee House Hotel (formerly the World's Hotel). Mrs. James, her two children, and Jesse's mother stayed in Patee House for two nights after Jesse James was killed.
The house has a large bullet hole on the north interior wall. The hole was actually much smaller but over the years, souvenir hunters carved shavings from the hole and enlarged it.
The Jesse James Home contains a number of items owned by Jesse James and his family. In 1995, top forensic scientist Professor James E. Starrs, of George Washington University, conducted an exhumation of the grave of Jesse James to settle persistent controversy about the remains. In February 1996, he announced that DNA tests performed on the remains and compared to the DNA of existing known relatives proved a 99.7% reliability that the body in the grave was that of Jesse James. The museum includes new exhibits based on the 1995 exhumation, including artifacts such as coffin handles, bits of wood, and a pin Jesse James wore in his death photo, as well as numerous photos taken during the exhumation.
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  • Explore the home where Robert Ford killed Jesse James. Many original artifacts. Stop at the Patee House Museum, too, which is adjacent.  more »
  • This house, moved from its original location a block and a half from here, is the house outlaw Jesse James was renting when he was gunned down by Bob Ford. A visit here spells it all out for you. You ...  more »
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  • Jesse James Home Museum is loaded with Jesse James Memorabilia. Basically every space of the small home is dedicated to the Famous Jesse James & his immediate family. The Displayed are well organized & of much interest. Great place for those you are interested in any Jesse James, lots of articles and photos.
  • I came to the Jesse James Home Museum when I was a boy and again as an adult. I am a passive fan of Jesse James and have been to many James related places. I found the Jesse James Home Museum to be both enchanting and provocative. The staff member was very talkative and knowledgeable and told some great stories. The skull fragment and trajectory illustration was a surprise and although "over the top" was tastefully done. I came away with a solemn perspective that in the end Jesse James, a legend, hero, thief, and killer was human after all. I recommend stopping here.

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