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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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • I love this place because it has so much history! The robbery actually happened here! It's great for history lovers, or someone wanting to learn a little about their city!  more »
  • Interesting tour of the small bank where the James gang did their first bank robbery on Feb 13, 1866. As the tour guide explained, it was most likely Frank James and Arch Clement that came into the ba...  more »
  • Kind of pricey at $6.50 but the tour giver was very informative . was a one room bank and the story behind the robbery is excellent. Original safe still there.  more »
Google
  • You crybaby. You probably make that in hour
  • The admission fee is way to much for what you get, $21.50 for our family of 4 and you get to see 2 rooms. We felt ripped off.