• Mt. Olivet Cemetery - Kearney, Missouri

      Roadtrip Attraction
      The most famous gravestone in this cemetery is that of Jesse Woodson James, assassinated by 'The Coward' Robert Ford on April 3, 1882. Much of the James Brothers' career was driven by loyalty to Confederate guerrilla forces and hatred of the North so he would surely be pleased with the military headstone that replaced a previous memorial lost to souvenir hunters. Other buried here include his wife Zerelda, their infant twins, Jesse's half-brother Archie Samuel (killed by a bomb thrown by Pinkerton detectives searching for Jesse and Frank), family matriarch Zerelda, and her third husband Dr Samuel Reuben.

      Photo by Peter Thody

      If you go:
      Don't miss a visit to the nearby James Farm, birthplace of Jesse James.


      Missouri 92
      Kearney, Missouri 64060 USA

      Mailing address:
      Clay County Historic Sites
      21216 James Farm Rd.
      Kearney, MO 64060 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Clay County Historic Sites
      +1 (816) 736-8500