This two - story 1859 Jackson County Jail, with its barred windows, double iron doors and leg chains once housed Frank James, Jesse James' notorious brother. Visitors are amazed to learn how James was treated like a hero and showered with gifts throughout his incarceration. Four feet away rises the back wall of the federalist - style marshall's house which was home for county marshals until the early 1930's. Special exhibits include a collection of confiscated handmade weapons.
Huge limestone jail cells are at the back of the Marshall's home! The home and the lock down were both constructed beginning in 1859, using the architectural renderings of Kansas City's pioneer architect Asa Beebe Cross. These two structures are the earliest surviving, documented examples of A.B. Cross's work!