October 12, 2012 – Liberty, Weston and Blue Springs, Missouri
I think I’ve now seen all the Jesse James stuff in this area. The bank which Jesse James robbed in the 1st daylight bank robbery in the US is located on one corner of the square in Liberty. It is now a museum. I went to William Jewell College which is just a few blocks from there and had never really paid any attention to it.
When I got back in the car, the check engine light came on. I used my GPS to find the local Chevy dealer. I got there just at noon when everyone had gone to lunch. When they got back, they checked it out. The ERG valve was full of carbon. They cleaned that out and had me on the way by about 3.
I thought I’d go to the Liberty Jail where Joseph Smith and other Mormons were incarcerated in 1838-1839. However, the LDS Church runs it, and I just didn’t want to get proselytized so I passed on it – besides it’s a reconstruction not the original.
In Fairview Cemetery, there is a gravestone for a 9 year old boy which is shaped like a Rhinoceros. There was also a gravestone which looked like a tree. A statue dedicated to the Confederate soldiers from Liberty who served in the Civil War is also located there.
The next stop was Weston to see the World’s Largest Ball of String – not Twine. The only problem was that they were having fall Applefest and there wasn’t a place to park within 20 blocks of the dern thing. So, I will just have to live with not seeing it.
The last stop of the day was Blue Springs where the World’s Shortest and Smallest Saint Patrick’s Day Parade was held in 1976. It consisted of 3 men who crossed from the South side of Main Street to the North side – some 30 steps. There are plaques in the sidewalk on both sides of the street to mark the spot of the parade.