Visit The Jesse James Home Museum!

Jesse James Home MuseumJesse James may have been laid to rest over 130 years ago but the legend of his exploits lives on. If you're a history buff, you'll definitely want to visit the Jesse James Home Museum in Saint Joseph, MO.

A lot of time has passed since Jesse James terrorized the midwest with his brother, Frank, and the other members of the James–Younger Gang. Despite this, his legend and name continues to retain fame. So much so, that the simple Missouri home he lived and was killed in has been turned into a museum.

The house, itself, is reasonably nondescript: a small, one-story, wood-frame home. You'd never pick it out from a group of others as interesting; until you found out it was the last home of Jesse James, that is!

Jesse James was a notorious outlaw, most known for his railroad and bank-robbing exploits that occurred after the Civil War. In 1881, hoping to settle down some, Jesse James bought a house for his family in Saint Joseph, MO. Though he used an assumed name and was seldom home, this couldn't protect him from the greed of his own former gang members.

On April 3, 1882, in response to a $10,000 reward for James’ capture, a former associate named Robert Ford ambushed the outlaw in his own home. According to legend, Jesse was shot in the head from behind as he stood on a chair to straighten a picture.

Now you can visit the home Jesse bought, lived, and died in. In fact, you can even see a hole in the wall where the bullet that killed him passed through. Before you get too excited about that, however it's best to warn you that, for many, many years, the hole went unprotected. Consequently, what was once a small, round bullet hole is now ragged and fist-sized. Don't let that discourage your visit, however!

Jesse James Home Museum contains a number of fascinating artifacts from Jesse James’ life and death. Visitors will see the famous outlaw's home, restored to how it looked when he lived here. Family portraits are on the walls, and even some of James' old guns. Artifacts from James' grave can be seen, too, including a casting of his skull, showing where the bullet went in.

The Jesse James house was moved from its original location at 1318 Lafayette Street to directly behind the Patee House Museum in the 1970s. Ironically, the Patee House served as the base of operations during the investigation of James' death. It was also where his family stayed directly after his murder.

More than that, the Patee House has its own fascinating history. It was here, in 1860, that three business men established the headquarters for the Pony Express. Then known as The World's Hotel, its luxuries served as the last bit of civilization for travelers headed into the wild western territories.

Jesse James Home Museum

Monday to Saturday, 9am to 4pm - Sundays 12pm to 4pm
Patee House Museum - 1202 Penn St., St. Joseph, MO 64503
Learn more with a visit to teh PAtee House Museum site online at: ponyexpressjessejames.com.

Northwest Missouri Lodging
Visiting Jesse James Home is a great idea - but you can't sleep there! If you're looking for the best in Missouri lodging, look no further than the many friendly Missouri Bed and Breakfasts! Missouri B&Bs offer the kind of personal service and deep-dish amenities you'll find nowhere else. Book your stay at a Missouri inn today!

SubTropolis - World’s Largest Underground Business Complex

SubTropolis Kansas City, MoDeep beneath Kansas City, carved out of a layer of 270-million-year-old limestone, there is another world. A busting, productive world some 100 or more feet underground. A sprawling, subterranean complex the size of 140 football fields. SubTropolis.

Almost all cities offer more than meets the eye but this is particularly true of Kansas City, MO.

Kansas City sits upon a particularly rich deposit of limestone that was mined over the years for building materials. Parking lots, malls, and miles and miles of freeways had their start here.

The limestone was easy to get at because access was horizontal, not vertical. Vast, openings were carved in the base of the bluffs above the Missouri River. Level, wide entries that both people and vehicles can easily enter, not deep shafts.

SubTropolis was mined using the room and pillar method. "Rooms" are dug out around 25-foot square "pillars" of limestone on 65-foot centers spaced 40 feet apart.

This space left behind - over 55,000,000 square feet of it - was dry and stayed a perpetual 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Using it as cold storage was a no-brainer. Converting for tenants? Genius. Concrete flooring, 17-foot high, smooth ceilings, and electricity transformed the space. SubTropolis was now brightly lit, with miles of wide, paved streets accessed at street level.

The first tenants moved in in the 1960's and the amount of leasable space continues to grow. Today, SubTropilis offers more than 6,000,000 square feet of leasable space. Another 8,000,000 square feet of space remain available for expansion.

In fact, because of SubTropolis, about 10 percent of Kansas City's commercial real estate is underground. More than 1,700 people work here - and that's not all. The world’s first and only underground paintball arena, Jaegers Subsurface Paintball, is here. There's also an exotic flower garden loaded with orchids, Bird's Botanicals.

Server Farms, retail production, food distribution, even a Wednesday flea market call SubTropolis home. Hollywood stores it's fragile film here. Ben Hur, Gone With The Wind, Looney Tunes, every episode of Seinfeld.

More SubTropolis Facts

  • more than 10,000 limestone pillars
  • 8.2 miles of roads
  • 2.1 miles of railroad track
  • More than 500 truck docks
  • Over 55 companies renting space
  • More than 1,600 parking spaces

SubTropolis

8300 NE Underground Dr, Kansas City, MO 64161
SubTropolis is located just 10 minutes from Kansas City’s central business district and 20 minutes from Kansas City International Airport. Learn more online at huntmidwest.com or Facebook.

Missouri Lodging One thing SubTropolis doesn't offer (at least not yet, anyway) is decent Kansas City accommodations. No matter where your Missouri getaway takes you, a warm and friendly Missouri B&B is somewhere nearby. Missouri Bed and Breakfasts are locally owned and operated, offering the kind of service and amenities you can find nowhere else. Book your stay at a Missouri inn today for the best in Missouri lodging!

Discover Central Missouri's Ha Ha Tonka State Park

Castle ruins at Ha Ha Tonka State ParkHa Ha Tonka State Park is a public recreation area in Central Missouri, five miles south of Camdenton on the Niangua arm of the Lake of the Ozarks. The park features trails, caves, sinkholes, a spring ... and a the ruins of a massive, abandoned stone mansion.

Ha Ha Tonka State Park is one of Missouri's many must-visit attractions. Its winning combination of intriguing history, outstanding geologic features, lake, and trails make it the perfect park for anyone and everyone!

The park is a geological wonderland of sinkholes, caves, sheer bluffs, and a huge, natural stone bridge. 70-acres of the park were designated as the Ha Ha Tonka Karst Natural Area in 1981.

Ha Ha Tonka Park is also home to Missouri’s 12th largest spring. Many believe this is the source of the park's odd name. “Ha Ha Tonka,” is supposedly the Osage phrase for “Laughing Spirit." Many think this is in reference to the park's gushing springs.

The natural spring and fascinating geology are not Ha Ha Tonka State Park's biggest claim to fame, however. That would be reserved for the impressive stone ruins of Ha Ha Tonka Mansion.

Ha Ha Tonka Mansion is frequently referred to as a castle, which is the very effect its builder was going after. Robert Snyder was a wealthy Kansas City businessman with dreams of building his own, European-style castle, right here in Missouri.

Snyder made his fortune in St. Louis and Kansas City during the late 1800's. By 1905, he'd amassed enough wealth to follow his dreams. Stonemasons from Scotland, a European supervisor, and Kansas City architect Adrian Van Brunt were hired to bring Snyder's three-and-a-half story tall vision to life.

Ha Ha Tonka Mansion was designed with an iconic center atrium that rose three and a-half stories to a skylight. The plans included nine greenhouses, a carriage house, and an 80-foot private water tower. Local stone was quarried and local timber cut for the construction.

Snyder never saw his dream completed, however. Instead, in 1906 he had the ignoble honor of becoming one of Missouri's first automobile accident victims. The incomplete mansion languished until 1922 when the family was finally able to complete construction. Ha Ha Tonka Mansion was leased out in 1937 and run as a hotel until a fire gutted the structure in 1942. The estate lay abandoned for decades before the State of Missouri purchased it in 1978.

Visitors to Ha Ha Tonka State Park will enjoy the ruins of Snyder's turn-of-the-century stone castle. The ruins are currently off limits but they provide impressive views of the Lake of the Ozarks and Ha Ha Tonka Spring. A series of well-maintained trails and boardwalks provide easy access to the park's many attractions. Swimming, boating, hiking, fishing, picnicking, and more are all available.

Ha Ha Tonka State Park

1491 State Road D, Camdenton, MO 65020
April through October - 7am to sunset
November through March - 8am to sunset
Learn more about Ha Ha Tonka Park online at mostateparks.com.

Central Missouri Lodging
No matter where your Missouri adventures take you, you're going to need somewhere to call your home base. Luckily, there are locally owned Missouri inns and B&B's all across the state, offering the very best in Missouri lodging. Missouri B&B's offer uncommonly comfortable amenities, nutritious breakfasts, and an insider’s knowledge of the area. Choose your Missouri accommodations now!

It's February--Need a Couple's Getaway...

Consider a professionally run Missouri bed and breakfast. It's still winter but what a great time for a little snuggling and reconnecting with your sweetie and we've got just the place. Check out the BBIM website for an inn near you or take a drive to some place new. Our B&Bs are smart buys with complimentary breakfasts, comfortable and romantic amenities, and ideas for fun. Search inns by specials for even more savings and add-ons to your stay. If you have a BBIM gift certificate, use it ANY time. Our member bed and breakfasts have informative websites with online availability and booking and/or an option to call and talk to someone who knows. So, once you've found your getaway destination, it's easy to make it happen!

Missouri Inns for Spring and Summer Travel

It's Spring--Is there travel in your future?  Consider a stay at a fine Missouri bed and breakfast. Missouri is the Show Me State.  Let BBIM show you:  

  • 19 inns near the Katy Trail
  • 22 Country inns
  • 9 inns that host weddings
  • 19 inns near Amtrak Stations
  • 35 inns near rivers or lakes
  • 32 inns in wine country
  • 39 Historic Inns
  • 22 inns along the Lewis and Clark Trail
  • 9 inns along Route 66
  • 25 inns near Civil War Sites

All our B&Bs offer a complimentary breakfast, have required licensing, safety equipment and insurance, accept BBIM gift certificates, and provide comfortable accommodations and welcoming hospitality.  Don't take our word for it--check BBIM members great reviews on Trip Advisor, Google+, and Facebook.

Want to be an innkeeper? or have a Missouri BnB? We're always looking for other Mo inns to join our professional organization.  Check out the tab on our website. 

Ask an Innkeeper at the Missouri State Fair

On Thursday, August 18, 2016, the Missouri Travel Council is hosting a trade show at the State Fair and the Bed and Breakfast Inns of Missouri has a booth.  So drop by the Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall and visit with a MO bed and breakfast owner about staying at one of our unique BnBs while enjoying different areas and attractions in Missouri.

If you have a bed and breakfast in MO or are interested in becoming an innkeeper, stop by for information on our professional organization and find out how BBIM can give you MOre...Missouri is a great state to visit, live in, and own a small business.

BBIM also offers online gift certificates for sale that are gladly accepted at our 60+ fine B&Bs around the state and while you're there, register for a free $50 gift certificate.  For more information on the Missouri Travel Council's Throwback Thursday at the State Fair visit this link .

Tis the Season ...

Our member inns are located in festive, travel-worthy locations all over the state, So why not wake-up in one of our member inn's well-appointed guest rooms, with a deliciously prepared complimentary breakfast, and happy, hospitable hosts that strive to help "make your day". Holiday shopping, entertainment, dining, and relaxation in picture perfect settings. BBIM also offers online gift certificates that don't cost you to purchase or the BBIM inn to redeem. Happy Holidays!

When planning your next vacation to Missouri, visit the Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers of Missouri website for all your lodging needs.

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PAII Comes to Missouri

The Professional Association of International Innkeepers (PAII) will be hosting America's Innkeeping Conference and Trade Show March 26-29, 2017 at the St. Charles Conference Center in St. Charles, MO.  If you are an innkeeper or want to be one this is the place to get up to date information through educational sessions with knowledgeable presenters, interactions with innkeepers throughout the USA, and learn about/purchase products that can help you in your quest for innkeeping excellence. 

If you are a Missouri Innkeeper or want to be one, stop by the Bed and Breakfast Inns of Missouri (BBIM) booth and pick up information or visit with one of our member inns.

When planning your next vacation to Missouri, visit the Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers of Missouri website for all your lodging needs.

Fall Into Fun At A Missouri Bed and Breakfast

No matter what the reason, the Autumn season through the end of the year is a great time to travel in Missouri!  And if you're in need of lodging, please consider one of our unique, professional, hospitable BBIM member inns.  Enjoy a variety of seasonal attractions, local food and drink, shopping, museums, performances and activities--we've got great places to stay all over the state.  Here's where to find our inns and you may also click over to their website to book and find out more about their property, specials, and area information:

Kansas City/Northwest--Chiefs Football, Crown Center, Plaza Lights, Union Station

Central Missouri--Katy Trail, State Capital, University of Missouri, Wineries, Missouri River,
Lake of the Ozarks--golf, shopping, boating and fishing

North East--Hannibal, Mark Twain, Mississippi River, Maize Maze, Truman State

St. Louis Region--Gateway Arch, Budweiser, Blues Hockey, Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, Hermann vineyards and wineries

South East--Ste.Genevieve wineries, vineyards, and restaurants, Tuum Sauk Mountain, Elephant Rocks State Park

South West--Springfield Bass Pro Shops, Wonder of Wildlife Museum, Missouri State University, Fantastic Caverns

Branson--Silver Dollar City Harvest and Christmas, Live Christmas Shows, Table Rock Lake, Taneycomo trout fishing all year, Veterans Day Parade, Dogwood Canyon, Top of the Rock

PS:  We sell gift certificates online that are joyfully accepted at any of these fine BnBs.



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