Introduction to Saint Joseph, Missouri

St. Joseph, Missouri, in Buchanan county, is 48 miles N of Kansas City, Missouri. Saint Joseph is situated along the river banks of the Missouri River in the northwest portion of the state near the Missouri/Kansas border. It has a vast number of structures included in the National Register of Historic Places. The National Civic League named Saint Joseph an All-America City.

Saint Joseph History

The city was settled by a fur trader named Joseph Robidoux and incorporated in 1843. It was known as a rowdy frontier town and was a major supply center for pioneers traveling past the Missouri River and heading to the "Wild West." It was the last stop for the railroad going towards the west until shortly after the Civil War ended. Saint Joseph was one of the two endpoints for the well known Pony Express. The notorious outlaw Jesse James was killed in his home located in Saint Joseph.

Saint Joseph Historic Structures

During the early years St. Joseph was a prosperous town due to the thriving manufacturing businesses and being an important trading center. Due to its early wealth the city features a wide variety of attractive architecture including "Gilded Age" mansions, Italianate buildings and Romanesque Revival structures. Some of the other notable historic structures are:

  • The Buchanan County Courthouse is an impressive building and is included in the National Register of Historic Places. It was also the location of the trial for the Ford brothers who were tried for the murder of the well known outlaw Jesse James.
  • Missouri Theatre is a restored vaudeville palace.
  • Missouri Valley Trust Building.
  • Wyeth-Tootle Mansion.
  • The J.C. Wyatt House showcases the extravagance of the former Golden Age of Saint Joseph.
  • The Whiskey Mansion Bed & Breakfast is a beautiful restored historic structure.
  • Creverling's Tour House features Romanesque architecture, attractive woodwork, beautiful china and historic furniture.
  • First Street Trolley is a replica of a historic trolley and runs through historic districts and travels to the riverfront area.
  • Hall Street Historic Homes District features houses constructed during the city's "Golden Age."
  • The Shakespeare Chateau Bed & Breakfast is a beautiful Victorian mansion featuring numerous stained glass windows, murals and other items and has been featured in Victorian Decorating and Lifestyles Magazine.

Saint Joseph Museums

  • Jesse James Home includes items owned by the famous outlaw and his family and is included in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Pony Express Museum is an historic structure and features numerous exhibits.
  • St. Joseph Fire Museum.
  • Society of Memories Doll.
  • Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art.
  • National Military Heritage.
  • St. Joseph Museum is located in an historic mansion and includes exhibits of the Pony Express, Native Americans, Jesse James and Lewis and Clark.
  • Patee House was a former prominent hotel during the 1800's and includes a steam locomotive and a large number of artifacts.
  • Roboux Row Museum.

Saint Joseph Activities

Krug Park features Italian Renaissance structures, an amphitheater, rose gardens, a lagoon, a North American exhibit featuring native animals, a castle and is utilized for outdoor recreation. The Saint Joseph Parkway runs through the city and is popular for hiking and bicycle riding. Golfing enthusiasts enjoy Fairview Golf Course. The St. Joseph Water Park is popular with residents. St. Jo Frontier casino offers riverboat gaming.

Saint Joseph Attractions

  • St. Joseph Symphony
  • Robidoux Resident Theatre
  • St. Joseph Community Chorus
  • River Song
  • Numerous locations for antique shopping

Higher Education

Saint Joseph is home to Missouri Western State University.

St Joseph Almanac

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St Joseph Climate

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  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance2.9 miles
Jan Temp16 to 37 F
Apr Temp42 to 66 F
Jul Temp67 to 90 F
Oct Temp43 to 70 F
Annual Precip35.2 inches
Distance20.1 miles
Jan Temp16 to 36 F
Apr Temp42 to 66 F
Jul Temp68 to 89 F
Oct Temp45 to 68 F
Annual Precip37.5 inches
Distance21.8 miles
Jan Temp16 to 38 F
Apr Temp41 to 68 F
Jul Temp65 to 90 F
Oct Temp42 to 70 F
Annual Precip39 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
De Kalb192$65,000

St Joseph Public Schools

Central High
2602 Edmond
ZIP: 64501
(816) 671-4080
Total Enrollment 1711
Edison Elem.
515 N 22nd
ZIP: 64501
(816) 671-4110
Total Enrollment 406
Pickett Elem.
3923 Pickett Rd
ZIP: 64503
(816) 671-4330
Total Enrollment 353
Skaith Elem.
4701 Schoolside Ln
ZIP: 64503
(816) 671-4370
Total Enrollment 399
Spring Garden Middle
5802 S 22nd
ZIP: 64503
(816) 671-4380
Total Enrollment 356
Benton High
5655 S Fourth
ZIP: 64504
(816) 671-4030
Total Enrollment 839
Hosea Elem.
6401 Gordon St
ZIP: 64504
(816) 671-4180
Total Enrollment 455
Hyde Elem.
509 Thompson
ZIP: 64504
(816) 671-4210
Total Enrollment 448
Lake Elem.
1800 Alabama
ZIP: 64504
(816) 671-4240
Total Enrollment 338
Humboldt Elem.
1520 N Second St
ZIP: 64505
(816) 671-4190
Total Enrollment 351
John Glenn Elem.
12401 County Rd 438
ZIP: 64505
(816) 279-4533
Total Enrollment 271
Lafayette High
412 Highland Ave
ZIP: 64505
(816) 671-4220
Total Enrollment 849
Lindbergh Elem.
2812 St Joseph Ave
ZIP: 64505
(816) 671-4250
Total Enrollment 453
Pershing Elem.
2610 Blackwell Rd
ZIP: 64505
(816) 671-4320
Total Enrollment 334
Robidoux Middle
4212 St Joseph Ave
ZIP: 64505
(816) 671-4350
Total Enrollment 350
Bode Middle
720 N Noyes Blvd
ZIP: 64506
(816) 671-4050
Total Enrollment 506
Buchanan Co. Academy
4720 Green Acres
ZIP: 64506
(816) 387-2320
Coleman Elem.
3312 Beck Rd
ZIP: 64506
(816) 671-4100
Total Enrollment 477
Colgan Alt. Resource Ctr.
3510 Frederick Ave
ZIP: 64506
(816) 387-2320
Field Elem.
2602 Gene Field
ZIP: 64506
(816) 671-4130
Total Enrollment 352
Hillyard Technical Ctr.
3434 Faraon
ZIP: 64506
(816) 671-4170
Noyes Elem.
1415 N 26th St
ZIP: 64506
(816) 671-4290
Western Recept/diag Corr Centr
3401 Faraon St
ZIP: 64506
(816) 387-2158
Western Region Treatment Centr
3401 Faraon St
ZIP: 64506
(816) 387-2158
Ellison Elem.
45 Se 85th Rd
ZIP: 64507
(816) 667-5316
Total Enrollment 394
Hall Elem.
2509 Duncan
ZIP: 64507
(816) 671-4160
Helen M Davis School
2900 Scott St
ZIP: 64507
(816) 387-2986
Total Enrollment 50
Mark Twain Elem.
705 S 31st St
ZIP: 64507
(816) 671-4270
Total Enrollment 359
Parkway Elem.
2900 Duncan
ZIP: 64507
(816) 671-4310
Total Enrollment 472
Riverbend Treatment Ctr.
5910 Mitchell Ave
ZIP: 64507
(816) 390-9801
Total Enrollment 25
Truman Middle
3227 Olive
ZIP: 64507
(816) 671-4400
Total Enrollment 468
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