"As Wonderful as Our Forefathers Left It" Top 5 Page for this destination Saint Joseph by mrclay2000

Saint Joseph Travel Guide: 86 reviews and 123 photos

Jesse James and the Lasting Frontier

St Joseph now boasts a population of near 75,000, but for all its outward urbanization the city enjoys everything that is wonderful about "small-town" America. The listings on the National Register of Historic Places for the entire county read like a city directory for St Joseph. Nor is this all. The instant the traveling eye scans the city skyline from I-229 along the Missouri River, the instant the image welcomes you to the 1880s. Church spires rise above red-brick hotels and libraries and schools of quarried stone, competing for attention with domes of glass and silver, and magnificent towers of all shapes and sizes. Arriving in town for the first time strikes the visitor with a sort of revelation, an epiphany that if the roadway were removed and your chassis suddenly exhanged for a saddle, you would be riding into town off a neverending range of forest and farmland. Just where to water your horse and gather your bearings, and where to begin what will become a vast exploration, are just the first of the sweetest challenges in this amazing historical tour.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Historic district like no other, spires and towers galore
  • Cons:One-way streets and traffic lights challenge both appetite and patience
  • In a nutshell:The finest Victorian-era city in the whole of mid-America
  • Last visit to Saint Joseph: Oct 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Helga67's Profile Photo
    Dec 9, 2003 at 2:27 PM

    There's a lot to see in Saint Joseph, and so many great buildings that are on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Nov 10, 2003 at 1:06 PM

    Amazed by the detailed description, variety of historical facts and anecdotes.... architectural study, sociological commentary. Surprised by the absolute lack of people.

  • zrim's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2003 at 4:59 PM

    A playground for the historically minded--mrclay must have been in his element in St. Joe.

  • annk's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2003 at 2:44 PM

    Another excellent page dedicated to historic buildings. But it seems as if there is a high vacancy rate in the old high-rises.


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