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Oldest building west of theMississippi River to functioncontinuously as a bank
This property has been placed on theNational Registerof Historic Placesby the United StatesDepartment of the Interior
Saint Joseph Landmark
St. Michael's PrairieSt. Michael's Prairie, the site where St. Joseph would be established, was identified on maps at least as early as 1792. French explorers and trappers had been traveling up and down the Missouri River since the early 1700s, an…
On this site, April 3, 1860, a ferry carrying a horse and rider crossed the Missouri River to start a 10 day journey of 1,966 miles to deliver mail to Sacramento, California.
The race against time, elements and a hostile land captured the spiri…
Near this site the French fur trader Joseph Robidoux established a trading post in 1826 while it was still Indian territory. Robidoux and his family oversaw a far-ranging fur trading empire.
The Platte Purchase of 1837 added the six county nort…
Each spring thousands of emigrants camped in these hills and meadows waiting for new grass to support their teams along the trail. Wagons lined St. Joseph streets to the east waiting for two to three days to be ferried from this point. The settler…
A stone from the U.S. Post Office1898 - 1940
Between July 4 and October 24, 1861, a telegraph line was constructed by the Western Union Company between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California, thereby completing the first high-speed communications line between the Atlantic and Pacif…
Patee House - 1858In this National Historic Landmark were located the offices of the Pony Express, founded by Russell, Majors & Waddell; the Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad and the Civil War offices of the U.S. Provost Marshall. [sic]
The Patee Househas been designated aRegistered National Historic Landmarkunder the provisions of theHistoric Sites Act of August 21, 1935This site posseses exceptional value in commemorating and illustrating the history of the United States
The Hotel Patee House opened in 1858 as St. Joseph's finest hotel. It later served as the national Pony Express headquarters, the local Union Army headquarters, a women's college and a factory. The building is now a National Historic Landmark.