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One of the best places in the Northland to raise a family, Kearney has a lot to offer visitors interested in history.

This is Jesse James country, so it's the perfect place for history buffs. Tour the Jesse James Museum & Birthplace, which houses the world's largest collection of James family artifacts. Explore the nearby cemetery where James is buried. For live entertainment, take in a concert at Kearney Amphitheater, or attend annual events like the Jesse James Festival and Jesse James Outlaw Airshow.

Quick facts about Kearney, MO:
  • Kearney was built in 1869 when the railroad came to the area. At one time there were roughly sixty trains going through Kearney each day.
  • Kearney was once renowned for its cattle (Black Angus and Hereford) and sold more cattle per square mile of population than anywhere else in the US.
  • Visit the birthplace of outlaw Jesse James in Kearney.
  • Kearney likes to celebrate its most infamous son with the Jesse James Festival.
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