DescriptionSt. Joseph was founded in 1826 by Joseph Robidoux, who established a fur trading post in the Blacksnake Hills. The mass migrations following the discovery of gold in California in 1848 and Colorado in 1858 transformed the frontier town into a major wagon train staging area and supply depot. In 1859 Robidoux drove the last spike on the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad, which made St. Joseph the westernmost railroad terminal.
The Pony Express launched its famous mail service on Apr. 3, 1860, from St. Joseph to Sacramento, Calif. Riders traveled the 10-day route twice a week.
Notorious outlaw Jesse James lived quietly with his family in St. Joseph, where he was known as the mild-mannered, respected Mr. Howard. He was killed in 1882 by fellow gang member Bob Ford, whose brother Charles claimed the $10,000 reward.
The Buchanan County Courthouse, 411 Jules St., originally was constructed at Fifth and Felix streets in 1873. During the Centennial Exhibition of 1876, the classical Renaissance building was called one of the most outstanding buildings in the country. Its exterior is lighted at night; the interior houses county offices.
Visitor InfoSt. Joseph Convention and Visitors Bureau 109 S. 4th St. ST. JOSEPH, MO 64501. Phone:(816)233-6688 or (800)785-0360
Things to SeeThe Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art
GAMBLING ESTABLISHMENTSSt. Jo Frontier Casino