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Lonsdale in Rice County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Nicolaus Gustafson

 
 
Nicolaus Gustafson Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By McGhiever, September 30, 2015
1. Nicolaus Gustafson Marker
Inscription.  On September 7, 1876 Nicolaus Gustafson, a recent immigrant from Sweden, was fatally shot by Cole Younger during the notorious Jesse James Gang's aborted raid on the Northfield bank. Gustafson had ridden into town that morning with Peter Youngquist who lived next to the present church and owned the only span of mules in the Swedish community. After the shooting, the Swedish immigrants met in Youngquist's house and agreed to establish the Christdala church at this site. The criminals escaped through Dundas and Millersburg along the road in front of the church and were captured two weeks later near Madelia. Cole Younger and his brothers pled guilty to four indictments, including the murder of Nicolaus Gustafson, and were sentenced to life terms in the state penitentiary. John Olson, Christdala's carpenter, witnessed the shooting and testified against the Youngers. Nicolaus Gustafson was buried in the Northfield Cemetery and his brother Peter, along with Peter Youngquist, became founding members of Christdala.
 
Erected 2006 by Christdala Preservation and Cemetery Association.
 
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marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Jesse James series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 7, 1876.
 
Location. 44° 25.932′ N, 93° 21.453′ W. Marker is in Lonsdale, Minnesota, in Rice County. Marker is on Millersburg Blvd (County Route 1), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4695 Millersburg Blvd, Lonsdale MN 55046, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Christdala Swedish Lutheran Church 1877 (a few steps from this marker); Millersburg & the Northfield Bank Robbery (approx. 1½ miles away); A Flour Milling Revolution (approx. 3.6 miles away); The Big Woods (approx. 8.7 miles away); Sesquicentennial Legacy Plaza (approx. 9.8 miles away); Civil War Monument (approx. 9.9 miles away); The Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour (approx. 10.3 miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 4, 2016, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 381 times since then and 75 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on April 4, 2016, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 7, 2022