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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