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.  


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.”


Jesse James wanted poster

July 28, 1881

Governor Crittenden offered a $5,000 reward for anyone who could help in the arrest and conviction of the James Gang. 


Frank James

October 5, 1882

Frank James surrendered on the steps of the state capitol. He made a short speech and turned his gun over to the Governor. Read more about this in Tales From Missouri and the Heartland. 


April 3, 1882

Jesse James was shot dead by Robert Ford, who was secretly working with Missouri Governor Thomas T. Crittenden. The assassination took place in St. Joseph, Missouri.


Jesse James wanted poster

February 13, 1866

Jesse James pulled off his first bank robbery. (Liberty, MO)


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

Melodies of Missouri

Our state, its people, and their stories are reflected in these half-dozen songs from the past.


Jesse James Train Robbery Missouri

January 31, 1874

The first Missouri train robbery by the James Gang took place on this date.