See where the Pony Express began and where Jesse James ended in St. Joseph. Once the westernmost point accessible by train before the Civil War, St. Joseph offers architecture, unique museums, nature and more.
“When you are ready, we are ready for you,” said Gracia Pinzino, group sales & service manager at the St. Joseph Convention & Visitors Bureau. “With personalized itineraries and hometown hospitality, we will help you every step of the way. And once you are here, you will be greeted like friends we have long awaited.”
St. Joseph not only boasts an exciting American history, but also a world-class art museum; an entertainment district; 48 parks; seasonal festivals; and local, one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants.
St. Joseph Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Pony Express National Museum highlights the history of this service where riders left both St. Joseph and Sacramento, California, simultaneously for a journey that covered 250 miles in one day. Exhibits include interactive dioramas, archaeological excavation sections and more. The Pony Express has been prestigiously awarded “Best Historical Learning Experience” from Lux Life Magazine.
Listed as one of “America’s Top Ten Western Museums” by True West Magazine in 2008, Patee House Museum was once a luxury hotel built in 1858 that served as headquarters to the Pony Express. Also onsite is the home where world-famous outlaw Jesse James was shot and killed. The museum hosts the Wild Things Carousel, the Buffalo Saloon and the Hannibal-St. Joseph Train.
The award-winning Glore Psychiatric Museum tells the 145-year history of mental health treatment. Surgical tools, nurse uniforms and personal notes are among the many things on display. Exhibits include artwork and embroidered words created by patients. The museum is located on the former grounds of the state Lunatic Asylum No. 2.
Remington Nature Center is located in the Missouri River Valley and features a 7,000-gallon native fish aquarium and exhibits on black bears, beehives, fossils and the wooly mammoth. Book a group tour and get the chance to see the surrounding beautiful natural habitats and the indoor exhibits and to learn about Native American history, too.