Where The West Officially Began To Get “Wild”

From Itineraries Midwest Spring 2010 Issue

This sample itinerary can be customized for anytime of the year.

9 – 10:00 am
Mount up and head for the Pony Express Museum. The famous mail delivery service started within these walls on April 3, 1860. Your guide will give a personalized tour of exhibits covering the creation, running and demise of this famous mail delivery service.

10 – 12:00 pm
The Patee House was the headquarters for the Pony Express in 1860 and the finest hotel west of the Mississippi. Today, it offers a “hands on” look at St. Joe’s colorful history. Stroll down Old Main Street, climb aboard a steam engine and visit the Jesse James Home where Jesse was shot and killed. Enjoy the “Wild Thing Carousel” which is fun for all ages.

12 – 1:15 pm
Lunch at your choice of various unique venues in the city.

1:15 – 2:30 pm
The St. Joseph Museum features extensive Indian exhibits from ten cultural regions. This location also features the Glore Psychiatric Museum, which chronicles the 130-year history of what was once known as the “State Lunatic Asylum No. 2,” and the Black Archives Museum, with displays on the St. Joseph African American experience.

2:30 – 3:45 pm
The Missouri Valley Trust Bank was built in the 1850’s and conducted business with Pony Express riders, fur traders and settlers heading west to seek their fortunes. The building boasts of retaining its original fixtures including teller cages, stained glass windows and a unique vault reinforced with iron railroad rails. Although the bank was never held-up, beware, outlaws have been known to lurk here.

3:45 – 5:00 p.m.
Experience the Remington Nature Center where history and nature collide! Your journey begins when you’re greeted by a 10,000 year old woolly mammoth. Follow the indoor “river” past a 7000 gallon aquarium teaming with native Missouri river fish. Wild animals abound as you
pass a howling wolf. A beaver lodge blocks a creek and forms a habitat for many animals. Learn about Missouri animals as you watch their tracks appear before you.

For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group please contact your tour operator or the St. Joseph CVB,
800-785-0360.

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