Defeat of Jesse James Days through the years

It’s that time of year again, when Northfield celebrates the defeat of the James-Younger Gang when they dared to rob the First National Bank!

Over the years, the community has commemorated this event by hosting reenactments of the famous 7-minute street fight – many of which were photographed and included in the historic collections of our town. Here are some of the highlights:

Also, somehow we got Tony Oliva of the Minnesota Twins to visit during DJJD in the 1980s, wear a cowboy hat, and pose with the re-enactors! Somebody get on that, we need a repeat!

For more photographs from DJJD celebrations in years past, check out this collection on the Northfield History Collaborative.

For a full schedule of DJJD events, check out http://www.djjd.org/

The Northfield Historical Society museum and bank site will be open late tonight and tomorrow night, and before and after all of the reenactments. For more information on the raid itself, check out http://www.northfieldhistory.org/the-bank-raid/ – and come visit!

Also – for a complete set of digitized materials documenting the actual raid on September 7, 1876, please check out this link to the Northfield History Collaborative site.

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