June 7, 1836

The Platte Purchase added St. Joseph and the northwestern corner of Missouri to the original state which had a straight line for its western border. The bill to approve the purchase was introduced by Missouri Senator Thomas Hart Benton.


May 7, 1839

Joseph Robidoux paid $8 for a license to run a ferry across the river at what is now St. Joseph.


April 3, 1882

Jesse James was shot dead by Robert Ford, who was secretly working with Missouri Governor Thomas T. Crittenden. The assassination took place in St. Joseph, Missouri.


February 13, 1859

The first railroad across the state was completed between Hannibal and St. Joseph. On this date the eastbound section was joined with the westbound section at Chillicothe.


Walter Cronkite Birthday St. Joseph Missouri

November 4, 1916

News anchorman Walter Cronkite was born in  St. Joseph. He grew up in Kansas City until he was ten until he moved to Texas. You can learn more about his life here or by visiting the Walter Cronkite Memorial in St. Joseph. 


Pony Express Stamp

April 3, 1860

The Pony Express started its first run from St. Joseph. Read more about this in Tales From Missouri and the Heartland.