Historic Jesse James
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Historic Jesse James


One of Clay’s biggest history draws is Jesse James. Infamous outlaw that he is, Jesse James has quite the pull with history buffs, particularly those interested in tales of the Wild West. Home to the birthplace of Jesse James and the bank where the James Gang committed the first successful daytime bank robbery in the United States, there is plenty of history to explore here.

Check out the James history tour we’ve laid out for you. And, if you’re interested in bonus tour content, see our recommended stop that is a short 45 minute drive away from Clay—the home where Jesse James was shot and killed.

Located in St. Joseph, the Jesse James home is a Museum that lets you tour where Jesse James was killed.


  • Visit the Jesse James Bank Museum to tour the scene of the nation's first successful daylight peacetime bank robbery committed by the James Gang.

  • Dine at a restaurant of your choice; Ginger Sue's & Huey's offer tasty breakfast and brunch options!

  • Explore the Jesse James Birthplace, where the infamous outlaws Jesse and Frank James grew up.

  • Visit Mount Olivet Cemetery, where Jesse was buried after he was moved from his original grave-site at the home. Bring a paper and a black crayon with you if you want to do a headstone rubbing during your visit!

  • See where Jesse James was assassinated at Jesse James Home in St. Joseph, MO

We suggest...

  • We recommend you give yourself 45 minutes for this portion of your trip

  • We recommend you give yourself 2 hours for the Jesse James Birthplace tour.

  • Mount Olivet Cemetery in Kearney, MO is located an 8 minute drive away from the Jesse James Birthplace.

  • The Jesse James Home Museum is located 58 minutes away from Mount Olivet Cemetery. We recommend you give yourself an hour to tour the Jesse James Home Museum.
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