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Visit the land of outlaws, pioneers,
and the daring riders of the Pony Express!

St. Joseph, Missouri
St. Joseph - From Jesse James and the Pony Express to the explorers of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the charming town of St. Joseph Missouri boasts a colorful and varied past. Set on the peaceful Missouri River, this town, once called Saint Michael's Prairie, has served as an expedition camp, a trading post, and is known as the birthplace of the Pony Express, that overland route that used dashing riders on horseback to carry mail to points west of Missouri. Once considered the Old West, St. Joseph now offers many museum, a junior college and university, symphony, theater, chorus, festivals, and performing arts association.
Pony Express Museum
Pony Express Museum - Founded by William H. Russell, William B. Waddell, and Alexander Majors in April of 1860, the Pony Express was created to spread news of the impending Civil War to areas further west that otherwise had to endure long waits for any news from the east. The express covered 2000 miles of trail with a relay of riders, each covering 250 miles within a 24-hour period. Communication blossomed in both directions with the average trip lasting 10 or 11 days. These valiant riders were paid $50 per day to endure great hardships as they covered our vast country on horseback.
Lewis and Clark State Park
Lewis and Clark State Park - Set in Rushville Missouri, this 180-plus-acre park is set on the serene oxbow waters of Lewis and Clark Lake. The site of an expedition resting point in 1804, the park now hosts a boat ramp, swimming beach, group shelter, and picnic area, plus a nearby playground. This is a fantastic spot for fishing -- cast your line for carp, buffalo and channel catfish -- or for bird watching. The lake draws snowy egrets, geese, great blue herons, and other spectacular water birds to its sandy shores.
Jesse James Museum
Jesse James Home Museum - On an April day in 1882, gunman Bob Ford entered this St. Joseph Missouri home and shot the famous outlaw Jesse James. You can visit this historic site, a place that's filled with fascinating Jesse James artifacts and memorabilia. See photos of Jesse, documents relating to the James family, and the DNA test that confirms that Jesse's remains were buried in St. Joseph. Jesse left behind a wife and two children in addition to his undying legend. See the home's kitchen, bedroom, DNA room, and the living room in which the shooting occurred.
Beacon RV Park
822 South Belt Highway
St. Joseph, MO 64507
Phone: (816) 279-5417
Fax: (816) 279-5417

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