Robidoux Row

Robidoux Row Robidoux Row was constructed over a 10 year time frame - from the 1840's to the 1850's. It was the home of Joseph Robidoux, the founder of St.

Joseph, MO. The Saint Joseph Historical Society was formed in 1867 on the second floor of the State National Bank Building at the southeast corner of Fourth and Felix. The bank building is still standing and is known today as the Missouri Valley Trust Co. Although it no longer used for banking purposes, it is open as a museum. The first president was Colonel Albe M. Saxton. Ripley Calkins was elec

Joseph, MO. The Saint Joseph Historical Society was formed in 1867 on the second floor of the State National Bank Building at the southeast corner of Fourth and Felix. The bank building is still standing and is known today as the Missouri Valley Trust Co. Although it no longer used for banking purposes, it is open as a museum. The first president was Colonel Albe M. Saxton. Ripley Calkins was elec

Operating as usual

10/01/2021
From Spectrographs to Kaleidoscopes

Join Brooke and Daniel as they discuss color photography and its impact on today.

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09/24/2021
Saint Joseph comes to life

Join Brooke and Daniel in their discussion of Saint Joseph in Color, the new exhibit at Robidoux Row Museum.

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Hanging out with Joe at free museum day.  Come by before 4 and take a step back in time!!
09/18/2021

Hanging out with Joe at free museum day. Come by before 4 and take a step back in time!!

Hanging out with Joe at free museum day. Come by before 4 and take a step back in time!!

Fill out this survey to help better our downtown.
08/25/2021

Fill out this survey to help better our downtown.

What do YOU want to see for the future of Downtown Saint Joseph? Please weigh in with your thoughts! The results of this Community Survey will be used by Main Street Saint Joseph, to set short- and long-term downtown goals based on shared community values. Thank you for lending your voice to this important process!

TAKE THE 5-MIN SURVEY: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5P7HSTN

08/20/2021

Live from steam to steam at civic center park.

08/13/2021
Happy Birthday Missouri!

Join Daniel and Brooke as we discuss how Saint Joseph connects to Missouri's amazing history.

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Come by the Museum to get your piece of this amazing project.  Thanks again to our friend Andrew Gaug for the amazing ar...
08/10/2021
St. Joseph Museums drum up tourism through trading cards

Come by the Museum to get your piece of this amazing project. Thanks again to our friend Andrew Gaug for the amazing article and interview.

It’s a happy coincidence that the Museums Association of St. Joseph brought back its trading card program as the hobby is making a comeback.

Great article by our friend Greg Kozol about the Platte Purchase and our county's place in Missouri History.
08/10/2021
Part of Missouri history, but not all of it

Great article by our friend Greg Kozol about the Platte Purchase and our county's place in Missouri History.

For Gower Mayor Ken Pike, crossing the border between Clinton and Buchanan counties is as easy as walking across the street.

08/06/2021
Saint Joseph's Songbird

Join Brooke and Daniel as they discuss Saint Joseph's songbird.

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07/30/2021
They refused his offer!!!

Join Daniel and Brooke in discussing Tom Pendergast's decline and fall.

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We want to send a special thanks to the Performing Arts Association of Saint Joseph, John Keck, and Chris Hudson for the...
07/18/2021

We want to send a special thanks to the Performing Arts Association of Saint Joseph, John Keck, and Chris Hudson for their concert tonight at the Robidouw Row Museum.

John is set up! Chris Hudson will be joining him!

07/16/2021
Saint Joseph's Renaissance Man

Join Brooke and Daniel in their discussion of a Saint Joseph Citizen who was truly a Jack of all Trades.

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07/09/2021
Hail Julius Caesar (the other one)

Join Brooke and Daniel in their discussion of Saint Joseph very own Julius Caesar.

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07/02/2021
Happy Independence Day!!!

Join Brooke and Daniel in their discussion on the drama surround Independence day. Have been celebrating the wrong day?

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06/25/2021
We need more power!!!

Join Daniel and Brooke in our discussion of Steam Power and the Steam to S.T.E.A.M. Festival.

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06/18/2021
Saint Joseph's Special Girl

Join Daniel in his discussion of a very special girl in Saint Joseph History.

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06/11/2021
The Soldier Statesman

Join Brooke and Daniel as they discuss a Saint Joseph Native who impacted the state of Missouri.

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Happy Donut Day!!  Were so excited for this year's Donut Dash!!!
06/04/2021

Happy Donut Day!! Were so excited for this year's Donut Dash!!!

Happy Donut Day! To celebrate, we’ve opened Donut Dash registration up early. This year will be a little different...it’s on Oct. 30, so don’t be scared to dress up for Halloween while you dash. 👻🎃

As always Gold N Glaze donuts will be available and proceeds will benefit Robidoux Row, Patee House Museum & Jesse James Home and Mount Mora Preservation and Restoration Association.

Sign up today! https://bit.ly/2Tzl9qc

06/04/2021
The Greatest Print Shop West of Saint Louis!

Join Brooke and Daniel as we discuss F.M. Posegate and his contributions to Saint Joseph and the Westward Movement.

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05/28/2021
Take me out to the Joe Game

Hello from Joe on the Road! We received some amazing guesses on where Joe is. Thank you! Today we speak with Ky Turner, General Manager of the Mustangs. And discuss history, ongoings, and more importantly, opening day. We invite you to Opening Day on June 2nd. #robidouxrowmuseum
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No guesses yesterday 😕.  Can you guess where he is going this week?  Check out the Livestream Friday to find out!!!#robi...
05/27/2021

No guesses yesterday 😕.
Can you guess where he is going this week?
Check out the Livestream Friday to find out!!!
#robidouxrowmuseum

No guesses yesterday 😕.
Can you guess where he is going this week?
Check out the Livestream Friday to find out!!!
#robidouxrowmuseum

Joe is on the Road again, can you guess where he is going this week.  Check out the Livestream Friday to find out!!!#rob...
05/26/2021

Joe is on the Road again, can you guess where he is going this week. Check out the Livestream Friday to find out!!!
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Joe is on the Road again, can you guess where he is going this week. Check out the Livestream Friday to find out!!!
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05/21/2021
The Man, the Myth, the Legacy

Join Daniel and Brooke in our discussion of the City's founder.

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05/14/2021
Convent of the Sacred Heart

Join Daniel and Brooke as they discuss the Convent of the Sacred Heart and its history.

Originally located in Sylvanie Robidoux' mansion a school that went on to impact many St Joseph lives.

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Great Article from our friend Makayla Hancock at the Saint Joseph Newspress.  Thanks for coming out.
05/03/2021
Robidoux Row Museum celebrates 40 seasons

Great Article from our friend Makayla Hancock at the Saint Joseph Newspress. Thanks for coming out.

Robidoux Row Museum marked the opening of its 40th season Friday.

04/30/2021
Oregon California Trail Association Interviews St. Joseph Non-Profit Organizations and Museums including the forever awe...
04/24/2021
St. Joseph, Missouri

Oregon California Trail Association Interviews St. Joseph Non-Profit Organizations and Museums including the forever awesome St. Joseph Historical Society.

The Oregon-California Trails Association (a non-profit, 501 (C) (3) association) is the nation’s largest and most influential organization dedicated to the p...

04/23/2021
Happy Earth Day

Join Brooke and Daniel in our discussion of the Local Flora for Earth and Arbor Day.

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Check out the new page for the Museum Association of Saint Joseph!
04/21/2021
Museums Association of St. Joseph

Check out the new page for the Museum Association of Saint Joseph!

  A visit to the museums in St. Joseph is … Quirky. Surprising. Curious. Impressive. Enlightening. And totally worth a day, or an afternoon, or a full weekend with the family. By family, we me…

04/16/2021
Joe on the Road at the Pony Express

Please join us as we visit the Pony Express Museum!
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219 E Poulin Street
Saint Joseph, MO
64501

General information

It is believed that the structure referred to as Robidoux Row located on the northwest corner of Third and Poulin Streets was constructed during the 1840's and finally completed in the 1850's. The building was probably built in three sections over a period of about ten years. The building is constructed of bricks supported on a native limestone foundation. Many history books refer to Robidoux Row as the "oldest or first apartment house west of the Mississippi". We are not sure is this is correct or not, but it was an early adventure in apartment building. those books also make mention of seven apartments. If this is true, then each apartment would have consisted of two rooms, back to back, with one facing south and the other facing north. Architects during the restoration believe that originally the Row was a series of one-room apartments back to back. This is the theory that we now promote. Originally the apartments were built to house families who were of "the right quality" and who had purchased lots from Joseph Robidoux, the city founder. He would let the families stay at the Row rent free while their houses were being built near the downtown area. Later, persons who were traveling west often stayed here at Robidoux Row while waiting for their wagons to be ferried across the river or during the long hard winters. Robidoux Row could be thought of as "St. Joseph's first motel".

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm

Telephone

(816) 232-5861

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Museum entrance:
$4- Adults 18-62
$2- Seniors 62+
$1- Children 6-18
Free- Children 5 and under

Entrance Free for Members

Membership info:

Individual - $20
Family - $35
Contributor- $50
Patron - $100
Benefactor - $500
Lifetime - $750

Please consider joining to help us preserve the wonderful history of Saint Joseph.

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Robidoux Row

It is believed that the structure referred to as Robidoux Row located on the northwest corner of Third and Poulin Streets was constructed during the 1840's and finally completed in the 1850's.

The building was probably built in three sections over a period of about ten years. The building is constructed of bricks supported on a native limestone foundation.

Many history books refer to Robidoux Row as the "oldest or first apartment house west of the Mississippi". We are not sure is this is correct or not, but it was an early adventure in apartment building. those books also make mention of seven apartments. If this is true, then each apartment would have consisted of two rooms, back to back, with one facing south and the other facing north. Architects during the restoration believe that originally the Row was a series of one-room apartments back to back. This is the theory that we now promote.


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Had a great visit with my old buddy Joe today. My wife and I enjoyed our tour of the Museum. Brooke is such an asset for you. She is very knowledgeable and has the perfect personality for the job.
Great update from our friends on the Muskrat. Can not wait till the final stories and their travels from Wyoming all the way to Saint Charles. It was an honor to speak with them and see many families bring come out to see history come alive! 😁
Please note that the Robidoux Row email account has been hacked. Please delete the email you might have received requesting help for Ivana as it has not been generated by the Row. Thank you!
I know this isn't your area, but why can't the city do something about the eyesore that is the old Green Hills store at Belt and Mitchell?? It could be made into a nice little strip mall or a nice family restaurant.