St. Joseph: More than just a stop on the Pony Express

St. Joseph is home to iconic places, including Jesse James’s home, the Pony Express birthplace, and the Kansas City Chiefs’ training camp. History flows through this town where museums tell the stories of this westward jumping-off point and where new stories are beginning.


Everyday Life on the Way of the American Genius

A bike ride across Highway 36 reveals wonder in the minutiae of Missouri.


Outdoor Wonders: 19 Conservation Areas

Explore these 19 conservation areas across the state.


Cheers to 200 Years: 21 Bicentennial Events

Celebrate Missouri's bicentennial all year long.


Pony Express Stamp

April 3, 1860

The Pony Express started its first run from St. Joseph. Read more about this in Tales From Missouri and the Heartland.


Events Worth The Drive

Our top picks from around the state.


Walter Cronkite Birthday St. Joseph Missouri

November 4, 1916

News anchorman Walter Cronkite was born in  St. Joseph. He grew up in Kansas City until he was ten until he moved to Texas. You can learn more about his life here or by visiting the Walter Cronkite Memorial in St. Joseph. 


June 7, 1836

The Platte Purchase added St. Joseph and the northwestern corner of Missouri to the original state which had a straight line for its western border. The bill to approve the purchase was introduced by Missouri Senator Thomas Hart Benton.


Person riding a horse in the sunset with old western garb

The Fastest Rider in the West

Neither rain nor snow nor Comanche war parties could stop Francois Aubry, the Missouri speed demon, from delivering the mail in record time. His exploits were the stuff of legend, and the inspiration for the Pony Express.