Kearney, Missouri is located in Clay County about 15 minutes north of Kansas City and has a population of 8,381. Each September, the city hosts an annual festival celebrating its distinction as the birthplace of outlaw Jesse James. The James farm with the original house and Jesse James’s burial site are a popular tourist attraction. The Kearney School District serves about 3,500 families in Kearney and northern Clay County.
Kearney is a small community located off of I-35 Hwy., about 10 minutes north of Liberty. One of the things it is known for is the birth place of Jesse James. Yes, the outlaw! The birth place home has been converted into the Jesse James Farm and Museum outside of town where you can take tours of the property. Great place for a picnic lunch on a nice day!