U.S. Arsenal Liberty Missouri

April 20, 1861

Southern sympathizers captured the U.S. Arsenal at Liberty, MO. This created more tension at the arsenal at St. Louis and therefore was a contributing factor leading to the St. Louis Massacre.

Jesse James wanted poster

February 13, 1866

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

February 8, 1915

Frank James, the brother of Jesse James, died at his boyhood home near Liberty. Read more about him in Tales From Missouri and the Heartland.

World State Fair in Missouri

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