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About the Raid
Dalton Defenders Museum

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. As the gang crossed the Plaza to enter the two banks, the Daltons were recognized by townspeople who raised the alarm. The 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 by the citizens. In the ensuing gun battle, eight men died including four of Coffeyville’s defenders.  Four more were wounded. Grat and Bob Dalton, Bill Power and Dick Broadwell were killed while Emmett Dalton was severely wounded. Four of Coffeyville’s defenders were killed including 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 Dalton, the youngest of the Dalton Brothers, was sentenced to life in the Kansas State Penitentiary in Lansing, KS. After serving fourteen years of his sentence, he was pardoned by the Governor. Emmett wrote two books about his days with the Dalton Gang and starred in one movie before settling in California and entering the real estate business. He died at the age of 66 in Los Angeles, California, and is buried in Kingfisher, OK.


About the Dalton Defenders Museum
113 E 8th St
Coffeyville KS 67337
620-251-5944
www.daltondefendersmuseum.com


The Museum, owned and operated by the non-profit Coffeyville Historical Society, is the realization of a dream of many Coffeyville citizens who understood the importance of collecting items not only relating to the Dalton Raid but also relating to early-day life in this area. In the Museum, which is just east of the Plaza area, are collections of the following:


  • Mementos of early-day Coffeyville
  • Mementos of Wendell Wilkie – who lived and taught school in Coffeyville
  • Mementos of Walter Johnson—who lived in Coffeyville during the off-season
  • Mementos of the Dalton Raid (including recently located court records of Emmett’s trial)

 

On October 5, 1963, the Dalton Defenders Museum in Coffeyville was opened, dedicated to the memory of the Coffeyville citizens who gave their lives protecting their town.


Hours


Jan-December:   Mon-Sat: 10am – 4pm,  Sunday: 1pm-4pm



To schedule a tour call the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce at 620-251-2550.

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