I’ve driven through, ridden through, and flown over Nebraska. I also spent a year in Broken Bow, Nebraska one week, but I’ve never really taken a good look at it beyond the flat corn fields and cattle dotting the hillsides.
It’s time to take a closer look at Nebraska! For starters its nickname, The Cornhuskers, came from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln Campus’ intercollegiate athletic teams. This replaced the previous nickname “The Tree Planters State” in 1945. Other nicknames include “The Beef State”, “The Antelope State”, “Blackwater State” and my personal favorite “The Bug State.”
Next week we embark on a little USA trip to discover the REAL Nebraska. Follow us as we explore Nebraska’s peaks, valleys and rivers.
Our primary destination is Grand Island, Nebraska where we hope to witness approximately 600,000 Sandhill Cranes stopping to refuel before heading to their Canadian summer homes.
I never intended this blog to become involved in politics but it’s necessary that we — all of us – step up to preserve our heritage. This administration seems to think it’s okay for them to just move in and acquire or use our public land. The Enviromental Protection Agency will soon be history if Scott Pruitt has his way. The Koch brothers will be mining for uranium in the million plus acres around the Grand Canyon. The Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument Act failed to pass in October of 2015 . It was supported by the Navajo Nation, Zuni, Paiute, and Yavapai leaders and the proposed Monument Act would have protected 1.7 million acres of tribal homeland around the Grand Canyon, including water sources and sacred sites, and it would have banned new uranium mines and claims.
When they mess with one of the Seven Wonders of the World it is time for all of us — regardless of political party — to say “NO”.
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Northfield , Minnesota is a RiverTown with a population of 20,000 and it is located within two Minnesota Counties – Rice and Dakota. The Cannon River runs through it and sometimes when there are heavy rains it runs over it! (Not Really, but this weekend it looks pretty threatening.) River walkways follow the river on both sides. You will find a lot of shops and boutiques in Northfield.
And when when the rains come….September 23, 2016
Like many Minnesota River Towns Northfield was built on lumber and water powered flour mills. Unlike many River Towns Northfield still has a bit of the mill history left. If you are one of the rise and shine people that have a bowl of Malt O Meal for breakfast, you are eating a bowl of Northfield’s past and present. Malt O Meal is still made in Northfield and is the sole survivor of the wheat boom there.
Northfield was founded in 1855 by John W North and Norwegian-American immigrants from New England who called themselves Yankees. Many of the buildings have been preserved and represent architecture of the 19th and early 20th century. What I like best are the pathways between some of the buildings that have steps down to the river walkway.
The City’s motto is “Cows, Colleges and Contentment”. The beef operations are no longer predominant in region, but it is home to one of the most prestigious colleges in the Midwest – Carleton College. It is also home to St. Olaf College. Both colleges contribute to the common cultural and historical heritage of the town.
Northfield’s real claim to fame, however, is not its architecture, its colleges, its river or its economic stability. They are best known for the events of September 7th, 1876. That is the day the Jesse James-Younger Gang rode into Northfield and attempted to rob the First National Bank. Their plan was thwarted and it turned out to be the last bank they robbed or rather attempted to rob. Killed in the raid were the bank cashier who attempted to stall the “boys” by telling them the vault was on a timer (it was not), a Swedish immigrant who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and 2 members of the gang. The Younger boys were captured near Madelia and James and Frank escaped into the Dakotas.
Every September on the weekend after Labor Day Northfield holds a festival called the Defeat of Jesse James Days. Thousands of people descend on Northfield to witness the re-enactment of the bank robbery. The festsival includes a championship rodeo, parade, car show, carnival, musical performances and an arts and craft fair. In addition to the food vendors there are some wonderful restaurants in Northfield and many have patios that overlook the river.
Here is the highlight of the festival!
I love the Juried Arts and Craft vendors. I rarely highlight one on my blog but every once in awhile there is a special person with a special talent. Layl McDill is one of those special people. She sculptures are magical and you can watch her for hours create her whimsical characters.
Check out her website: http://www.claysquared.com
Northfield is a very special little town — One you will want to visit there soon and often!
It all began in 1863 when Dr. William W. Mayo arrived in Rochester MN. He was invited to Rochester to be an examining surgeon for men being inducted into the Northern Army serving in the Civil War. The history of the Mayo family is not unlike other famous families. It is filled with secrets, intrigue and speculations. However, unlike other famous families, this family is known internationally as leaders in research and treatment of medical illness. They are the Mayo Clinic! They also left their mark on Rochester, the community.
Dr. William W Mayo and his two sons Dr. Will and Dr. Charles formed medical institution today treats patients from 151 countries and serves over 400,000 patients annually in their hospitals located in Minnesota, Arizona and Florida.
The historic Mayowood Mansion was built by Dr. Charles H. Mayo in 1911. Dr. Charlie was a man of many interests and he played a very active role in the architectural design of the home which was constructed of stone, reinforced concrete and tile. The home sat on 3,000 acres on which Dr. Mayo satisfied his interests in farming. He was also interested in conserving the natural beauty of the area and Mayowood overlooks the Zumbro River Valley. The vast gardens on the grounds were influenced by European and Japanese gardens.
When Dr. Charlie passed away in 1939 his wife Edith, who had served as hostess to dignitaries, kings and visiting doctors, retired as mistress of the house and moved into the Ivy Cottage and Dr. Chuck, his wife Alice and their six children moved into Mayowood. They lived there for 30 years and Alice, the daughter of a Pennsylvania butter and egg man, made her mark on the home. So many of the old mansions you visit are so dark, with heavy drapes and tapestries. Alice let the light into Mayowood with expansive curved glass windows and bright colors. It is really an amazing home.
You will drive behind the Mansion to park and enter the home.
The Mansion was given to the Olmsted County Historical Society in 1965. It was in July of 2013 that the historical society could no longer take care of it. It had fallen into disrepair and the costs of renovating would be astronomical. At that time title was transferred to Mayo Clinic. Olmsted County Historical Society continues to provide tours of the mansion. Mayo Clinic has currently spent millions on the renovation and the work continues. They have remodeled some of the rooms into conference rooms and they use the facility. It’s nice to see a historical building being used. It keeps it alive!
You will enjoy touring this Mansion and hearing its history. With few exceptions all furnishing are original to the home.
Unfortunate but understandable — NO PICTURES ARE ALLOWED INSIDE THE MANSION
April 16th through October 27th Tickets: $17.00 Age 13 and older; $5.00 Age 2 to 12
Monday, Tuesday and Friday — NO TOURS
Wednesday & Thursday — 11 AM, 12 PM, 1 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM
Saturday — 11 AM, 12 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM
Sunday — 12 PM, 1 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM
It was September 7, 1876, when the Jesse James Gang rode into Northfield, Minnesota to rob the bank. Their plan was thwarted by the bank’s cashier who told them he couldn’t open the safe because it was on a time lock. (It wasn’t) A teller made it out the back door to notify the townspeople who surrounded the bank and chased the gang out of town. As it turned out this was the LAST bank Jesse James tried unsuccessfully to rob. There is a lot more to this story and you can see the re-enactment of the Defeat of Jesse James.
Northfield’s Defeat of Jesse James Days begins Wednesday, September 7, 2016, and runs through Sunday, September 11. See the re-enactment Friday evening, throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday; visit the Historical Museum which is located in the Bank that the Jesse James Gang tried to rob; and check out the Archer house — a hotel then and still a hotel today.
There are many, many other events also scheduled during this annual celebration.
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