See the cell where Frank James lived for six months and find out the true meaning of "Frontier Justice" within these walls.


April-Oct: Mon-Sat 10 am-4 pm; Sun 1-4 pm

"Spirit of Christmas Past": Nov 25- Dec 30

Closed Easter, Mother's Day, and Dec 23-25; also closed Dec 31-March 31 for maintenance and refurbishment.

Adult $6
Age 55+ $5
Age 6-16 $3
Under age 5 - free

Contact Information

217 N Main Street
Independence, MO 64050
Phone: 816-252-1892

Location Type

Historic Home

Site Info


To truly unlock the history of criminals and everyday folk in the home and cells, we recommend a walk through the old lock down and a stroll through the big house. You can see the cell where Frank James lived for six months, the home where the Marshal's family lived and touch the mighty limestone and tremendous iron doors guarding each cell. Find out the true meaning of "Frontier Justice" within these walls.

JCHS partners with Dusk 2 Dawn Paranormal Investigations for Paranormal experiences at our 1859 Jail. If you are interested, you can contact them through their website. They schedule paranormal events at least once a month.

We reopen for the holiday season with "Spirit of Christmas Past," November 27 through December 30. The site is closed December 31 through March 31 for maintenance and refurbishment.


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