Patee House Museum
The Patee House, also known as Patee House Museum, was completed in 1858 as a 140-room luxury hotel in St. Joseph, Missouri. It was one of the best-known hotels west of the Mississippi River. After outlaw Jesse James was murdered in 1882 at his nearby home, his surviving family stayed at the hotel during the investigation of his death. It was then called World's Hotel. Also resident at the hotel within two weeks of James' death was Oscar Wilde who lectured in St. Joseph on April 18, 1882.
Since 1963, the building has been operated as a museum of United States history, with an emphasis on transportation. An 1892 Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad steam locomotive and 1877 railroad depot are displayed inside the building. The building was designated a National Historic Landmark for its role as the Pony Express headquarters. It marks the eastern terminus of the Pony Express National Historic Trail. The Jesse James Home Museum is located on Patee House grounds. Both are owned and operated by the Pony Express Historical Association, a not-for-profit organization.