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Saint Joseph in Buchanan County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Saint Joseph

 
 
SAINT JOSEPH Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 1997
1. SAINT JOSEPH Marker
Inscription. (Front): Renowned city of the Pony Express, St. Joseph was first settled as a trading post for the American Fur Company by Joseph Robidoux, 1826. Later he acquired the site and laid out a town in 1843. St. Joseph became an outfitting point for settlers in northwest Missouri and travelers on the Oregon-California trail. It was also a supply base for army posts and western gold mining camps. Here was the terminus of the first railroad to cross Missouri, the Hannibal and St. Joseph in 1859. The railway postal car, developed by W. A. Davis of St. Joseph, was first used on this line in 1862. April 3, 1860 the Pony Express was put into operation between here and Sacramento, California, by the freighting firm of Russell, Majors and Waddell. Operated as a relay it met the need for speedy mail service to the West and popularized the central overland route. About 1982 miles were covered regularly in 10 days and 190 relay stations, 420 horses, and 80 riders were used. The record run was 7 days, 17 hours. The Pony Express discontinued in October 1861. The telegraph then reached the coast.

(Reverse): St. Joseph, industrial center of northwest Missouri, lies in the glacial plains region of the Missouri Valley, in a richly fertile area of grain, fruit, and livestock farming. Early impressed with the beauty of the site
SAINT JOSEPH Marker side 2 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 1997
2. SAINT JOSEPH Marker side 2
were geographer Maximilian, Prince of Wied, 1833; missionary priest Father De Smet, 1838; and ornithologist Audubon, 1843. The city is now noted for its food processing plants, grain and livestock markets, transportation facilities, and varied factories. Two bridges cross the Missouri River here. The city lies on land acquired from the Iowa, Sauk, and Fox Indians by the Platte Purchase, 1836. Since 1846 it has been the seat of Buchanan Co., one of 6 formed out of the Purchase, organized 1838, named for James Buchanan, U.S. President, 1857-61. Among points of interest are St. Joseph Museum; Patee House; Pony Express Stables; house were Jesse James was killed; locale Eugene Field's courtship poem "Lover's Lane, St. Jo"; Beavais House; Krug Park; and 20 miles southwest, Lewis and Clark State Park. Here lived Mo. Govs. R.M. Stewart, 1857-61; W.P. Hall 1864-65;Silas Woodson, 1873-75.
 
Erected 1953 by State Historical Society of Missouri and State Highway Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Trail, the Missouri, State Historical Society of, and the Pony Express National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 45.378′ N, 94° 50.939′ W. Marker is in Saint Joseph, Missouri, in Buchanan County. Marker is on Penn Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map
Pony Express, Starts here in St. Joseph, Missouri image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 1997
3. Pony Express, Starts here in St. Joseph, Missouri
. Between South 9th and South 10th Streets, at the Pony Express Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 914 Penn Street, Saint Joseph MO 64502, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Civil War in St. Joseph (within shouting distance of this marker); The First Pony Express (within shouting distance of this marker); C. B. & Q. 5614 Steam Locomotive (within shouting distance of this marker); Patee Town (within shouting distance of this marker); Patee Park Baptist Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Patee House - 1858 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Patee House (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Patee House In The Civil War (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Saint Joseph.
 
Also see . . .
1. St. Joseph, Wikipedia entry. Saint Joseph was one of the two endpoints of the Pony Express. In 1882, also on April 3, the notorious Jesse James was killed. (Submitted on January 27, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Pony Express National Museum. California relied upon news from the Pony Express during the early days of the Civil War (Submitted on January 27, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

3. St Joe History ~ Jesse James. Living
Pony Express image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 1997
4. Pony Express
Saint Joseph was one of the two endpoints of the Pony Express
under the assumed name of Tom Howard, Jesse rented the house from a city councilman for $14 a month. He attended church, but did not work for a living. (Submitted on January 27, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
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Jesse James House image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 1997
5. Jesse James House
Today Jesse and Frank James are among the best-known Americans in the world
"Jesse James Home" image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 1997
6. "Jesse James Home"
"Outlaw Jesse James was shot and killed in this house April 3,1882. It was then at 1318 Lafayette on the hill above Patee house. It was moved here 1977"
Sacramento , California Statue dedicated to the Pony Express image. Click for more information.
By Mike Stroud, circa June 1995
7. Sacramento , California Statue dedicated to the Pony Express
The statue is located in Old Sacramento on 2nd Street.
Click for more information.
Saint Joseph Marker and Pony Express Stables image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Onions, August 23, 2009
8. Saint Joseph Marker and Pony Express Stables
The Pony Express Stables mentioned on the marker are directly across Penn Street.
Jesse James Headstone image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Onions, February 9, 2008
9. Jesse James Headstone
Jesse James is buried in the Mt. Olive Cemetery in Kearney, Missouri.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 27, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 3,033 times since then and 79 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on January 27, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   8, 9. submitted on August 23, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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