The 1938 film of Jesse James was filmed in and around Pineville, Missouri. The courthouse square in Pineville, a paved thoroughfare, was covered with 400 truck loads of dirt and every tract of modern civilization was removed from business buildings to turn back seventy years of time, providing the proper James gang setting. There were many people from the area that were hired for “Extras”.
Every year to celebrate the movie being made here we have Jesse James Days, which consists of a nightly Carnival. Arts and craft booths are set up around the old Square, we have a cook shack, a Frisbee throw nightly for the kids (which will have prizes attached to them), a Parade, a B-B-Q Chicken Dinner, a Bank Robbery, nightly Music, and many, many more activities that are too numerous to mention. The money that is raised goes to the Volunteer Fire Department to operate on for the next year. This event takes place in August each year, for more information please feel free to contact City Hall. The event this year will be held on August 6th-8th!