Northfield (Minnesota)

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Northfield (Minnesota)

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Northfield sits at the intersection of highways MN 19 and MN 3. The quickest way to Northfield from the Twin Cities is taking Interstate 35 south to MN 19 (Exit 69) and go west on 19. The downtown area is on the east side of the Cannon River.


  • Defeat of Jesse James Days - First weekend after Labor Day. Nothfield's major claim to fame is the "Defeat of Jesse James". On September 7th, 1876, the James-Younger Gang rode into town intent on robbing the First National Bank of Northfield. Tipped off due to their suspicious actions, the citizens of Northfield engaged in a quick but heavy firefight with the gang that left two citizens and two gang members dead. The other six gang members sustained a range of injuries and fled south. Four were captured two weeks later only fifty miles from Northfield. The celebration includes live recreations of the bank raid.