Saint Joseph en Plein Air
October 5, 2019
8am - 5pm​​

About St. Joseph

St. Joseph, MO is an old historic river town nestled along the bluffs of the Missouri River---most notable where the Pony Express began, and Jesse James ended. The city was founded by fur trader, Joseph Robidoux in the early 1800's. It began as a trading post and grew to become a prominent city during and after the wagon days of westward expansion where it served as a last supply point before entering the Oregon Territory. At one time, it was the westernmost point in the U.S. assessible by rail until after the Civil War. Principal channels of distribution were established in the 1870s with St. Joseph becoming a leading wholesale center for the building of the west. The 1880's and 1890's were the golden age of prosperity, whose mansions and traditions remain a part of the city today.

In 1886, the Chicago Times reported that, "St. Joseph is a modern wonder, a city of 60,000 inhabitants, eleven railroads, 70 passenger trains each day, 170 factories, thirteen miles of the best paved streets, the largest stockyards west of Chicago, a wholesale trade as large as that of Kansas City and Omaha combined...". One count of the U.S. Census had the city's population in 1900 at 102,000. Today's population is over 76,000.

St. Joseph is rich with history and architecture. Historic neighborhoods; Millionaire Row---Hall Street District, Museum Hill District, and Haris-Kemper District still have many of the mansions and old Victorian homes from St. Joseph's days of prosperity. A large downtown area still shows much of the old architecture that survived the days of urban renewal. We have 26 miles of beautiful parkway ribboning throught the city. St. Joe was one of the first cities in the U.S. to develop a comprehensive parkway plan---developed in 1918 by internationally known landscape architect, George Burnap. We have riverfront with beautiful sunsets. A westward scenic overlook (Wyeth Hill) upon the river bluffs, offering a panoramic view of the Missouri River and Kansas. Historic sites such as the Pony Express stables (Pony Express Museum), Patee House (Patee House Museum), Jesse James home, Buchanan County Courthouse---where the Ford Brothers went to trial for murdering Jesse James, a Civil War fortress (Fort Smith Park), and more.
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