We drove to Platte City early in the morning for our Member Missionary Sub-Committee Meeting. When it was over, Jerry surprised me with a trip to St. Joseph. It was about an hour's drive from Platte city. It was a great city to visit! It's known as the "Home of the Pony Express" and Jesse James died here. It has a psychiatric museum, recognized as "one of the 50 most unusual museums in the country". At one time it was called the "State Lunatic Asylum No. 2". It is also known for it's beautiful mansions. At one time St. Joseph was a bustling city, the last stop before the wild west.
We drove around the city and visited the Pony Express Museum. The old homes were beautiful, but not well kept. I was amazed at the number and variety of old churches. To name a few: Zion United Church of Christ, First Christen Church, Francis' First United Methodist, First Baptist Church, First Church of Christ Scientist, Calvary Chapel, Pentecostal, Masonic, Church of Jesus Christ St. Joseph Restoration Branch, Catholic, First Lutheran, New Life Church, and Christ Episcopal. I am sure there are more! These were in the heart of town, I think there was one on every corner!
|Monument to the Pony Express|