Guided tours of the house leave every
half-hour from the nearby visitors’ center, itself a mini museum with
artifacts and mementos, including family photographs,
James’ last pair of boots, his last cartridge belt and bridle, and
the feather duster he was supposedly holding when he was killed. A
short film offers a quick introduction to the
brothers and their gang.
Each year, about 18,000 people visit
the farm in the suburban Kansas City town, and huge annual festivals
lure James enthusiasts from across the country.
Farm is located at
Farm Road in Kearney,
The James Farm and Museum
21216 James Farm Road
Jesse James Last Home –
Another 25,000 people pass through the
James Home about 35 miles away in
Missouri where fellow
gang member Robert Ford shot
Home is a museum dealing with the life and death of
James. Artifacts from the grave are now on display including
the coffin handles, a small tie pin
James was wearing the day he was killed; a bullet removed from his
right lung area; and a casting of his skull, showing the bullet hole
behind his right ear.
Museum is operated by the Pony Express Historical Association with all
proceeds from admission charges going to help maintain both the James Home
and Patee House Museum.
The premier attraction, however, is the so-called ‘‘bullet hole,’’ which
is now nearly one-foot wide because tourists have chipped away at it. The
museum eventually put a protective frame over it. However, the hole may
not be from the bullet, since some experts believe it never exited Jesse
home where he was killed in