calling a spade a spade
Northfield, MN. a city about 40 miles south west of Minneapolis, has maintained much of it’s downtown (1870’s) brick architecture and attracts day tripping tourists from nearby big cities. Like me from Minneapolis.
It’s named after Mr. North who decided to found the town there when the Dakota tribe ‘ceded’ the lands in 1855. There seems to be a particularly descriptive tone to city naming in MN. I suspect you can visualize some of the characteristics of these cities:
- Plain View
- Still Water
- Lake city
Feel’s very “Yorkshire” to me. Both influenced by the settling of people from Nordic regions. The local college is called St. Olaf’s. There are many other names that point directly to their Nordic heritage and Danish, Finnish, Swedish and Norwegian flags hang outside the main, division Street, hotel.
Despite some impressive flour-milling-related achievements the town is best known for a bank robbery by the James-Younger gang, where 2 locals and 2 gang members were killed. The town re-enacts the robbery annually (Sept 7th) to celebrate the courage of the local townspeople.
Thinking about the law, I was fascinated by the opportunity for a close-up look at the city’s police vehicles, major protection for hitting things, cage barriers for the people in the back…