The location where Jesse James was shot dead

Death Location in St. Joseph, Missouri

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Jesse James' death location

This is the site where American outlaw Jesse James was shot dead.

It is located at 1318 Lafayette Street in St. Joseph, Missouri.

This was the original address of James' rented home.

The house has been moved twice since his death. In 1939, it was relocated to the Belt Highway. Then, in 1977, it was moved to its current location, which is on the grounds of the nearby Patee House.

James and his brother, Frank, were the leaders of the fearsome "James-Younger Gang", which carried out a series of bank and stagecoach robberies between 1861 and 1876.

By 1881, the gang was no more, as most of its members were either dead or in prison. Furthermore, Frank had decided to retire from his life of crime and move eastward to Virginia.

In 1982, James was hiding out at this address with his family and two brothers named Charley and Robert (Bob) Ford, whom he had asked to live with him for protection.

James' trust in the Ford brothers proved to be his downfall, as Bob soon realized that he could make a large amount of money by orchestrating his capture.

During a secret meeting, the Governor of Missouri, Thomas Crittenden, reportedly promised Bob a full pardon and a bounty reward if he killed the notorious fugitive.

Things came to a head on the morning of April 3rd, 1882, when James picked up a newspaper and saw that a friend of the Ford brothers had confessed to killing Wood Hite.

Hite was James' cousin and a fellow outlaw. Five months earlier, he had been shot dead during a heated argument about a love interest and then buried in an unmarked grave.

The Ford brothers said that James immediately became suspicious when he read the newspaper article about Hite's death. Not only had one of their friends killed his cousin, but they had failed to inform him about the incident.

Later that morning, James put his pistols down, stood on a chair, and attempted to straighten a picture on the wall.

Sensing that it may be his last opportunity to strike, Bob immediately pulled out his pistol and shot the wanted fugitive in the back of the head, just behind the ear.

The shooting proved to be huge news, as crowds of people soon flocked to this street to catch a glimpse of James' body.

The Ford brothers, who were expecting to receive a hefty reward, quickly surrendered themselves to the authorities. However, they were shocked to find out that they were being charged with murder.

Fortunately for them, it seems as though Crittenden stuck to his word, as he pardoned both of them just two hours after a judge had sentenced them to hang for the crime.

Jesse James death location

The address and the GPS coordinates for this location are as follows:


1318 Lafayette Street, St. Joseph, Missouri, MO 64503, USA


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GPS coordinates

The latitude and longitude coordinates for the site are:

39.757893, -94.844072


The house is roughly 0.2 miles east of the intersection between South 10th Street and Lafayette Street.

Details about the general area

St. Joseph is about 40 miles north of Kansas City.


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1318 Lafayette Street

1318 Lafayette Street

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This Google Street View image of 1318 Lafayette Street was captured in August 2023.

These days, the address is an empty lot that contains a memorial stone.

The stone reads as follows:

"Jesse James Hill: Outlaw Jesse James was killed here on April 3, 1882, by Bob Ford. The house is now on the grounds of the Pattee House museum, two blocks south. This hill has been lowered more than 50 feet.

At the time of James' death, his home sat on top of a large hill that overlooked Pattee House.

Jesse James' house

Jesse James house

This is an AI-enhanced photograph of Jesse James' house.

Pattee House

Pattee House

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These days, the house is situated on the grounds of Pattee House, which is a five-minute walk south of Lafayette Street.

James moved into the rented property on December 24th, 1981, under the alias Thomas Howard. At the time, there was a $10,000 bounty on his head.

Following his death, his family found themselves in financial difficulties and were forced to sell all of their belongings.

Although the Ford brothers were eventually pardoned for the murder, they only received a small portion of the reward. Afterwards, they joined a touring stage show and reenacted the shooting for audiences.

Coordinates: 39.755634, -94.845286

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This illustration of James' house appeared in the Pittsburg Smelter newspaper on April 15th, 1882.

The article described it as a 1.5-story building that sat on top of a hill near the World's Hotel (Pattee House). Such was its elevation that it "commanded a view of the approaches for a long distance."

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