History Tip of the Day – December 18th

James-Younger Gang is repelled in Minnesota, September 7, 1876

The gang made a fatal decision when it decided to move north for its next caper, far from its usual friendly surroundings, to rob the First National Bank of Northfield, Minnesota. It was a small town; from the moment the robbers rode into town, they attracted suspicion. The robbery went wrong from the beginning. When the cashier refused to open the safe, he was killed. Townspeople reached for their long guns and started firing while the robbers were still in the bank. Two members of the gang were killed; everyone else was injured. It was the last robbery for the James-Younger Gang.