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Mural of Dalton Gang on horses

On October 5, 1892, the Dalton Gang tried to rob two banks in Coffeyville, Kansas.  The gang was made up of Grat, Bob, and Emmett Dalton; Bill Power; and Dick Broadwell.

Condon Bank in 1892As the gang crossed the Plaza to enter the two banks, the Daltons were recognized by townspeople, who raised the alarm.  Citizens armed themselves with weapons from nearby hardware stores.  When the bandits, with nearly $25,000, emerged from the Condon and First National Banks, they were fired upon.  In the ensuring gun battle, eight men died.  Four more were wounded.  Grat and Bob Dalton, Bill Power, and Dick Broadwell were killed; Emmett was severely wounded.  Four of Coffeyville’s defenders also were killed:  Marshal C.T. Connelly, Lucius Baldwin, George Cubine, and Charles Brown.  Three other citizens were wounded, one of them severely. 

For his part in the raid, Emmett, the youngest of the Dalton brothers, was sentenced to life in the Kansas Penitentiary at Lansing.  After serving fifteen years of his sentence, he was pardoned by the Governor.  He died at the age of sixty-six in Los Angeles, California.

Condon Bank restoredToday a visitor to Coffeyville can re-live the historic Dalton raid.  The layout of the Plaza area remains much the same.  The Perkins Building, home of the Condon Bank during the raid, has been completely restored.  Bronze markers are placed in cement indicating where the defenders fell.  Death Alley contains an Old Jail, where a recording relates details of the raid.  In Elmwood Cemetery, a single granite stone marks the graves of Bob and Grant Dalton and Bill Power.  Dick Broadwell, the other bandit killed in the raid, is buried in Hutchinson.


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