Lynn Vincent, co-chair of the Save the Northfield Depot organization, has high hopes that enough money will be raised to someday refurbish and move the historic downtown train depot and put it to use again.
With $100,000 already raised for the project, the organization has now set about raising the next $100,000 of the total $293,000 needed. One way they hope to get a boost is by having a fundraiser event during the Defeat of Jesse James Days celebration, which runs Sept. 4-8.
Save the Northfield Depot — a non-profit formed to preserve the 1888 building that used to be the first stop for people coming into town by train near the railroad crossing at West Third Street — is offering a chance to have a photo taken with one of the Northfield raiders taking part in the bank raid reenactment.
For $20, Vincent said folks can pose with one or more raiders in front of the historic First National Bank and receive a Polaroid shot adhered to an antique backing.
“They’ll get a vintage photo and they won’t have to wait since we’re taking it with an antique Polaroid camera,” Vincent said.
Vincent said that one or more raiders will be available for photos immediately after each raid reenactment and will be there for as long as it takes for all interested parties to have their photos taken.
Raid reenactments are scheduled for 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday (Sept. 6); 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 7); 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday (Sept. 8).
“We’re grateful for the gang’s involvement in this,” Vincent said. “We’re on the second leg of our journey and this will help us get closer to raising the funds we need.”
The Northfield Depot was the last of five that were built in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The plan is to refurbish the historic depot and move it across the street as part of the proposed transit hub project at the Q-block, behind the Quarterback Club.
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