DescriptionThe James-Younger gang stormed the pioneer settlement of Northfield on Sept. 7, 1876, intent on robbing the First National Bank. The attempt was decisively thwarted in a battle that left two citizens and two robbers dead. The gang—except for brothers Jessie and Frank James—was soon captured and sentenced to life at Stillwater State Prison. The incident is recounted in “The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid,” a 1972 film starring Cliff Robertson as Cole Younger and Robert Duvall as charismatic outlaw Jesse James.
The restored bank at 408 Division St., now the Northfield Historical Society Museum, has displays related to the raid and the heroic stand against the gang made by Northfield citizens. The museum is open Mon.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 1-5; phone (507) 645-9268.
Visitor InfoNorthfield Area Chamber of Commerce 205 3rd St. W. NORTHFIELD, MN 55057. Phone:(507)645-5604 or (800)658-2548