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...

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Fun Finds in the NHC: New Additions to the Collaborative

The Collaborative has been busy transcribing, interpreting, and uploading a number of documents in the last few months. We’re excited to share some of these new additions with you! First National Bank of Northfield collection: Excerpts from the first minutes book of the First National Bank. This selection includes digitized records relating to the failed James-Younger Gang bank raid of 1876. You can see when the bank directors decided to get a burglar proof safe with a time lock, how much was left in the bank after the raid attempt, and...

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Fun Finds in the NHC: Mementoes from the Raid

I hope you are enjoying Northfield History Month as much as we are! Today, we will continue our exploration of interesting artifacts on the Northfield History Collaborative with some great souvenirs from the James-Younger Gang’s bank raid in Northfield. Did you know that the First National Bank in Northfield has in its possession a Colt Single-Action Army Revolver and a spur, both retrieved from Division Street after the failed bank raid on September 7, 1876? You can see photographs of these artifacts – preserved in a case at the bank...

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