TOP ROW (left to right)

Jesse James (minor injuries)

 Frank James (minor injuries)

 Cole Younger (11 bullet wounds)

 Jim Younger (multiple wounds)

     BOTTOM ROW (left to right)

  Bob Younger (multiple wounds)

 Clell Miller (died in the street)

  William Chadwell (died in the street)

  Charlie Pitts (died later in a field in southern Minnesota)



On September 7th, 1876 at 2:00 PM in Northfield, Minnesota, an event transpired that lives in the annals of history as one of the great escapades of the old west's most famous outlaw.  We prefer to call this event  THE GREAT NORTHFIELD ASS KICKIN,' for it was on the streets of Northfield that the James/Younger gang were taken to task by your average citizens.  The James/Younger gang would be no more after their fateful visit to Minnesota.  They targeted First National Bank because its president was a former Union Officer.  At approximately 2:07 PM it was over.  Two members of the gang lay dead in the street and one Minnesotan had been killed - bank employee Joseph Lee Heywood, while another was mortally wounded - Swedish immigrant Nicolaus Gustafson, both unarmed innocent civilians.



Muddy Fork Cemetery, Kearney, Missouri



Northfield Cemetery, Northfield, Minnesota


Nicolaus Gustafson was a Swedish Immigrant who just happened upon the events in history on Sept 7th, 1876.  He did not speak English and did not understand the instructions that the James gang yelled at him.  He was shot.

Joseph Lee Heywood was the bank employee who told the members of the James gang that the safe was on a timer lock and that he couldn't open it.  When in actuality the inside door of the safe was completely unlocked.  Jesse James shot Heywood in the head.

Northfield Cemetery, Northfield, Minnesota


Video of the Street as it appears today (included on DVD).



Scene from the film THE LONG RIDERS depicting the Northfield bank robbery.

A great recreation from one of the best westerns ever made.  Director:  Walter Hill


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