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If you are looking for a way to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, your next trip should be to Kearney, Mo.

Located just 15 minutes from downtown, Kansas City, Mo. (take I-35 to the Hwy. 92 exit and follow the signs), the town is ripe with history and tradition – having endured the Civil War, and being the birth and final resting place of Jesse James. The once-small farming and cattle community now has more than 8,400 residents – one of the fastest growing cities in Missouri.

While there, you can enjoy unique shopping and dining experiences in historic downtown Kearney. Watch local and national country and rock acts or enjoy movies under the stars (summer only) at the state-of-the-art Amphitheater. Walk or run on more than eight miles of trails and enjoy more than 160 acres of park land.

The town is most famous because of Jesse James. In fact, since his mother opened its doors to the public in the 1800s, the Jesse James Homestead and Museum has been a popular attraction. And, the town celebrates the notorious outlaw and Kearney’s history at an annual festival – which includes a parade, barbecue cook-off, carnival and more – the third weekend of September.

And history buffs do not need to stop there. You can learn all about the town’s beginnings at the Kearney Historic Museum, or historic sites, such as the Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and State Historic Site or the Historic Mount Gilead Church and School.

And, that’s not all. Throughout the year, you can venture to Kearney for a variety of festivals or celebrations, including the Jesse James Wine & Brew Festival, Lions Club Fireworks Celebration, Halloween Hollows and the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Walk.

Kearney – come early and stay late for the never-ending fun and good times.