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Where the Pony Express began and Jesse James ended, St. Joseph, Missouri recalls a time when the West was truly wild.

Born of the fur trade and one of the last stops before pioneers hit the roughest stretches of their journey, St. Joseph has a storied history full of outlaws including Jesse James, who finally met his demise here. It’s also been home to many heroes, like the first riders of the Pony Express.

Today, St. Joseph retains its links to the past while looking toward the future. The city is home to 13 distinctive museums and over 50 listings on the National Register of Historic Places consisting of over 2000 amazing properties. You’ll also find great outdoor recreation throughout 48 parks, one-of-a-kind festivals and an arts culture unlike any other.

City Population: 73,990
County Population: 110,000

Key Attractions: National Pony Express Museum, Jesse James House Museum, Albrecht Art Museum, Military Heritage Museum, Patee House Museum, Historic Downtown Dining & Shopping