On September 7, 1876, the Gang, led by Jesse and Frank James and the Younger brothers, attempted a bank raid on the First National Bank of Northfield. While the raid was in progress, the townspeople rounded up their firearms and fought back. When the smoke cleared, two Northfielders had been murdered, and two of the outlaws lay dead in the streets. The largest manhunt in U.S. History (at that point) ensued. The Younger brothers were captured in a slew outside of Madelia, MN, two weeks later, while the Jesse and Frank escaped to meet their fate at a later day.
“The Outlaw Run serves as a fundraiser for the NHS youth programs”, states Hayes Scriven, NHS Executive Director. When we started the run we had to give people another reason to ride with us. We knew the history would be a draw, but having the proceeds benefit the programs is the icing on the cake. NHS youth programs serve about 200 students every years from the school district, and help to publish books like Caught in the Storm and Our Story.
Saturday, August 15, riders will saddle up their motorcycles and explore Southern Minnesota like the gang did before the attempted raid. Participants will start in historic downtown Northfield with registration from 8-10:00 a.m. We will then explore the town of Kenyon and Schweich’s Bar and Hotel, water our horses at the Mantorville Saloon in Mantoriville and case the town of Wanamingo at JB’s Tavern. We will travel back to Northfield and end our ride at the Reub N Stein for a post rally party with prizes. Everyone is welcome to come along. The cost is $25.00 per rider, and includes the notorious Outlaw Run t-shirt plus a chance at prizes in all drawing.