Patee House Museum, Saint Joseph

The Patee House, also known as Patee House Museum, was completed in 1858 as a 140-room luxury hotel at 12th Street and Penn in St. Joseph, Missouri. It was one of the best-known hotels west of the Mississippi River.
The Patee House was built by John Patée as part of his Patee Town development around the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad station. Office space included the headquarters and eastern terminus of the Pony Express, founded in 1860 to provide fast overland mail service to the West Coast. During the American Civil War, the Union Army Provost Marshal's office was located in Patee House. The Army conducted war trials in the second floor ballroom.
After the war, the Patee Female College operated in the building from 1865-1868. Its space was taken over 1875-1880 by the St. Joseph Female College, founded in affiliation with the Baptist Church. These private schools were part of the postwar expansion of educational facilities for young women across the country.
After outlaw Jesse James was murdered in 1882 at his nearby home, his surviving family stayed at the hotel during the investigation of his death. It was then called World's Hotel. Also resident at the hotel within two weeks of James' death was Oscar Wilde who lectured in St. Joseph on April 18, 1882. Later the building was adapted to house the R.L. McDonald shirt factory and other light industrial uses for 80 years.
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  • There is so much history packed in the museum. All of it was very interesting and a must-see in St. Joseph. My favorite part were all of the restored areas from earlier days of the hotel.  more »
  • This museum tells the story of the Pony Express and life in that era. Numerous splendid exhibits in amazing condition.  more »
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  • So many interesting things to see there! Fun activities, I will come see these museums every time I'm in town. Grab a sarsaparilla at the saloon and enjoy the still working Nickelodeon tunes! Take a ride on the merry go round a find yourself hoping on a real train! Bring the kiddos for an awesome experience full of interesting educational but fun memories to be had kind of place
  • SO MUCH TO SEE! And they have a working antique carousel! Admission includes access to the Jesse James House. If you like to look at everything, plan at least 2 hours to see everything. If you you want to just walk through it will still take about an hour!

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