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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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  • First off, Jesse has no verified connection to this bank robbery. However, it is still significant as the first daylight robbery of a bank in US history. It has merit, but it is misleading. There is....  more
    First off, Jesse has no verified connection to this bank robbery. However, it is still significant as the first daylight robbery of a bank in US history. It has merit, but it is misleading. There is....  more »
  • 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... 
    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 »
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  • Very nicely detailed. Informative and well thought out. We spent maybe 45-minutes here. Some interesting items to look at. The bulletin board was neat to read! The cursive handwriting on the bank ledger from 1858 was so beautiful. A spittoon right at the teller line... how times have changed.
  • Not much to see It's just one Room Definitely overpriced when down the street you can see other museums for free with a lot more to see You're better off just taking your pictures outside

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