Jesse James' Tombstone Recovered
Neosho Daily News, March 27, 1988

    LIBERTY, Mo. - A large section of Jesse James' tombstone, which historians thought had been chipped away decades ago by souvenir hunters, has been found intact and will be delivered to the outlaw's old home near Kearney, Mo.

    The section of the marble tombstone is about 18 inches high, weighs 300 pounds and contains James' name and the date he was shot to death by Robert Ford, on April 3, 1882, in St. Joseph, Mo., officials said.

    The tombstone, when it was intact, had been about 8 feet high.

    "We thought it disappeared 60 years ago, but it showed up recently," said Milt Perry, curator of historical property for Clay County.  Perry said he found the section of the tombstone in Kansas City, but refused to give details.