Bob and Grat Dalton (two of the robbers) were killed that fateful afternoon and their remains (once the photographer was finished) were deposited in Elmwood Cemetery several blocks south of the banks. Two of the defenders are likewise buried here, but the Daltons who long survived the shootout would ultimately be buried in the family plots in ...more
Likewise listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this small church with its interesting stained glass and charming belltower is crumbling even faster than the Brown Mansion. Preservation efforts are fast working to save this historic structure, now anchoring the corner of a quiet neighborhood.more
Like many county courthouses, the Carnegie Free Libraries of rural America tend to make the National Register of Historic Places as if by default. Closed at the time of my visit, the interior is likely embellished with nice hardwood trim and furnishings, but like other Carnegie libraries its exterior is nothing fancy.more
A block from the Dalton Museum is a nondescript structure known as the Terminal Building (with the white stone engraving in the upper facade). The building stands at a little distance from the rail tracks, but otherwise keeps a quiet existence in a less trammeled part of Walnut Street. Despite this seemingly forgotten existence, the structure...more
The Dalton Museum stands near the spot of the First National Bank that later burned down. Part of the building showcases historical things relevant to the county, but much of the collection is obviously devoted to the Dalton Raid of 1892, including what purports to be a rifle from the Daltons' death photo. Carriages and other frontier implements...more
Visitation to the mansion is presently only conducted by tours. Tickets can be purchased at the gift shop behind the mansion, or visitors to the Dalton Museum can buy a combo ticket for the museum and mansion. In either case, photography is not permitted inside the mansion, and with good reason. Despite its apparently fine condition, the masonry in...more
Built by the Coffeyville's wealthiest man and later to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Brown Mansion still survives since its turn-of-the-century days. The estate was once immense, but has presently shrunk to include a few acres around the mansion. A well-known man from Ohio, W. P. Brown was a friend of President William...more
During the robberies, several of the townfolk came to aid their community against the well-known local bandits. Of these would-be defenders, four would be dead by the end of the day. Behind the Condon National Bank in an open lot, there are four markers showing where each of these defenders lost his life during the gun battle on October 5, 1892....more
This tiny chamber behind the teller's desks was the object of the twin raid. By 1892, bank robberies had become so customary in the United States that pistol fire and harsh yells no longer intimidated the citizenry. At the Condon National Bank, the tellers fumbled at opening the vault, occasioning a pause that brought the townfolk to their...more
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Be prepared to withhold your boodle when entering this supposed shrine. The opening third of the building is set-up like a bad carnival of the Old West, a "town" with cutout characters whereby tourists might stand for keepsakes as they would in a lifeless county fair.
Unique Suggestions: Ask the attendant if you can see the actual rifle from the death photo on the wall. If this piques your interest, you might as well pay the fee.
Fun Alternatives: Otherwise, scan the holdings, ask permission (or not) to take a quick photo and determine the museum's worth in a glance.
In a state where Victorian-era architecture is abundant in its rural and urban areas, wonderful church architecture is seldom far behind. The preeminent church building in Coffeyville at present is the First United Methodist Church a little outside the historic district. Together with its towering stained-glass windows, its lofty belltower and an appearance that changes with perspective, this structure would embellish any block in America.
Every October marking the anniversary of the Dalton raid the townspeople relive the event as part of Dalton Defenders Days. Since the meat of the celebration -- a replay of the Dalton raid -- is perennially the same, there is a host of other activities (re-enactments, stage coach rides, stage entertainment, and so on).more
The famous but botched simultaneous robbery of two national banks by the Dalton Gang is likely the most famous event ever to take place in Coffeyville. As a result, "Dalton" appears in many place names about town, and the famous snapshot taken of the Gang after four of its members were gunned down is well-known around town.more
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