Taking the Dalton’s last ride

The Dalton gang's attempt to rob two banks at once in Coffeyville ended with numerous deaths, as locals stood up against them for a final showdown.

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July 12, 2021 - 9:47 AM

On Oct. 5, 1892, the Dalton Gang attempted unsuccessfully to simultaneously rob the Condon Bank and First National Bank in Coffeyville. Four gang members and multiple townspeople died there in a storm of bullets. Photo by Trevor Hoag / Iola Register

The autumn air, still and breathless. 

Deathly light crept from thin clouds to illuminate Bob Dalton’s footfalls as he and the rest of the gang exited the alley near the crumbling Coffeyville jail.

They held long Winchester rifles close to their legs, dog-trotting, so despite Grat Dalton’s enormous fake mustache, a shopkeeper recognized them immediately and fled.

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