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Pictures of Jesse and Frank James’ Houses

I recently returned from a trip to Missouri to visit the family farm. It is always incredibly interesting going back there because my grandmother is really interested in our family history and the history of the area in general. As part of this most recent visit, we visited the houses of the James brothers near Clinton, MO.

I’ve taken a couple of pictures of their houses and have posted them here for you to see:

Jesse James' house near Clinton, MO

Jesse James' house near Clinton, MO

Jesse James' house near Clinton, MO

Jesse James' house near Clinton, MO

Frank James' house near Clinton, MO

Frank James' house near Clinton, MO

Frank James' house near Clinton, MO

Frank James' house near Clinton, MO

The houses are across the street from each other. Standing, facing Jesse James’ house, you literally turn around 180 degrees and you see Frank James’ house. There was also apparently a tunnel dug between Jesse James’ house and the barn that would have been used to get away. The barn that was there during Jesse’s time is no longer there, but the modern garage pictured in the second pictures is apparently roughly where it stood.

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12 Comments

  1. Jeff Smith
    Posted July 23, 2009 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    Thank you! Great pictures.

  2. Alex Seifert
    Posted July 23, 2009 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    Thanks! Glad you like them.

  3. Pam Walter
    Posted July 24, 2009 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    Don’t know what they looked like back in their day, but they’re beautiful properties today.

  4. Alex Seifert
    Posted July 24, 2009 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    I agree. They are both private homes still today. I’m glad the current owners are maintaining the properties.

  5. Ashley
    Posted September 21, 2009 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    I love that this blog is here. I’m from Clinton, and have actually been past these places many times…and decided for a poetry class to write something about the history of Clinton. Great stuff.

  6. mike m
    Posted November 25, 2009 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    I lived in Franks house back in early 80’s as a child. My father was a contractor and renovated most of the house as original. They traded the house to a local Family from clinton who did not like all the historic and many original lighting fixtures,so my father offered to swap them out with the discount lights out of their house and he probably still has many of the original items from the house. Jesse’ house was in fairly poor shape at that time but looks to be nice now.

  7. Connie Jones
    Posted March 11, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    I have a “tin type” ( I think ) photo of two men, standing, on a rock outcrop over a fast moving river. There appears to be central-eastern mountain terrain with a bridge or train trellis in the far background. The men are dressed in up-scale, mid to late 1800’s narrow lapel jackets with vests, Bollas, and knee high riding boots. They have mustaches and appear to be related. One is older and taller. I wonder if this could be Frank and Jesse. I have seen photos of the brothers, but never with just mustaches. Could this river be near Clinton ?

  8. Roxanne
    Posted November 19, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    I used to live in Frank’s house. It was a fun place to grow up!

  9. linda
    Posted March 31, 2012 at 2:52 am | Permalink

    I have lived in “Frank’s” house for the past 11years. We truly enjoy living here & enjoy hearing all the stories. Glad to have found this site.

  10. Alex Seifert
    Posted March 31, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the comment! I’ve been by the house a couple of times and I always enjoy seeing it!

  11. jed rogers
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    I had the opportunity go take a tour of Jessie’s home in back in the ’90s.

  12. Roxanne
    Posted January 31, 2014 at 5:00 am | Permalink

    I lived in Frank’s house as a child, but I think you should edit this post. These are not Frank and Jessie James’ homes, they were built and lived in by Frank and Wal Bronaugh. Although, the James’ brothers were frequent guests–and I know lots of stories about them being on the property–they aren’t technically James’ homes.

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