Prior to 1803, what is now Jackson County, Missouri was mostly the territory of Osage Indians--that is until one fateful day in 1803 when French Fur Trappers on the Missouri River made contact with the Natives. The rest is (recorded) history.


Historic Truman Courthouse: year-round, Mon-Sat 10 am-5 pm; tours at 11 am and 2 pm. 1859 Jail and Marshal's Home: April-Oct, Mon-Sat 10 am-4 pm; Sun 1-4 pm. Closed Jan-March, and part of Nov. Re-opens day after Thanksgiving till Dec 30 with same hours as above.

Contact Information

112 W Lexington Avenue
Independence, MO 64050
Phone: 816-252-7454

Location Type

Historic Home
Interpretive Signs

Site Info

AC / Heating
Bus / RV Parking
Group Meeting Room
Group Tours
Research Library
Water Fountain
Wheel Chair Accessible

The Jackson County Historical Society is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the written, oral, and physical legacy of this county. We do this by maintaining physical collections and promoting the study, appreciation, and interpretation of local and regional history.

Our roots can be traced to 1909 when a group of citizens interested in history first started meeting. In 1940 the group formally organized and in 1958 officially incorporated as The Jackson County Historical Society to celebrate our rich, unique story.

Our physical archives, research library, and bookstore are located in the Truman Courthouse on the Independence Square. The Jackson County Historical Society also maintains the 1859 Jail and Marshal's Home Museum where Frank James was incarcerated.

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