Jesse James Liberty Missouri Bank

Jesse James Robs a Bank in Liberty: February 13, 1866

Jesse James pulled off one of his first known bank robberies on this date in Missouri History.

Bob Ford, The Dirty Little Coward

Bob Ford was the man who killed Jesse James, who is considered one of America’s most famous bandits. The killing of Jesse James was considered a cowardly act and Bob Ford’s actions followed him for the rest of his days.

Missouri History Today September 5, 1847: From Missouri Roots to Infamy: Jesse James Is Born

Missouri History Today September 5, 1847: From Missouri Roots to Infamy: Jesse James Is Born

Missouri’s Most Infamous Outlaws

In the mid-to-late 1800s, Missouri was known as the Outlaw State, with considerable justification. Missouri contributed far more than its share of bushwhackers, stock thieves, band and train robbers, and killers. Here’s a roll call of some of the most infamous outlaws.

February 21, 1915

The only crematorium west of the Mississippi was located in St. Louis. On this day the body of Frank James was cremated there so it could be kept in a bank vault until the eventual burial with his wife in Independence.  

Painting done by local missouri artist George Caleb Bingham, features people on riverboat having a good time.

Melodies of Missouri

You will be surprised by some of the songs about Missouri and some of the celebrities who sang them. Our state, its people, and their stories are reflected in these six songs from our past.

December 24, 1881

Jolly old Jesse James dressed as Santa Claus for his two children, Jesse Jr., age 6, and Mary, age 2. It was to be Jesse's last Christmas.

Life on the Run: Riding With the Younger Brothers

In the stories told about them during their careers the Youngers were often cast in the classic Robin Hood mold. It was an image they worked hard to cultivate, but it was only half true. They did steal from the rich but, as biographer T.J. Stiles wrote, “There is no evidence that they did anything with their loot except spend it on themselves.”