"The Daltons' Last Stand" Coffeyville by mrclay2000

Coffeyville Travel Guide: 15 reviews and 21 photos

Number One With a Bullet

By the early 1890s, Coffeyville was already a thriving town and expanding further. New banks, new citizens and new loans increased the boundaries beyond the railroad to the south. It was in this town on October 5, 1892, that the Dalton Gang (three brothers and other associates) attempted to rob two banks at the same time, something no other gang had done. In this famous but ultimately failed heist, four gang members were dead along with four citizen-defenders. The rest (as they say) is history.

Apart from the outlawry associated with this town, the wealthiest man in the county (W. P. Brown) built his famous mansion on a hill near the cemetery where the Daltons were buried.

Both the bank and the mansion and many other buildings today fill Coffeyville with a wealth of historic wonders.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Plenty of historic attractions throughout town
  • Cons:The New does not fit in well with the Old
  • In a nutshell:History, Wealth, Outlaws, Museums!
  • Last visit to Coffeyville: Oct 2003
  • Intro Written Oct 26, 2003
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  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2006 at 3:46 PM

    As an Old west Buff, Coffeyville is on my list alongside with Dodge, Deadwood, etc. Good tips and pics.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2003 at 7:52 PM

    What a wonderful page and once again history lesson. Lots of wonderful photo's too! Thanks Mike for sharing them!

  • Nov 2, 2003 at 11:37 AM

    a lifelong allegiance to Coffeyville's rival, Independence, prevents me from being too effusive about this page ;) you've been quite diplomatic in not mentioning the smell :)

  • zrim's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2003 at 7:58 AM

    Reminds me of home, for obvious reasons. Three cheers to the heroic townfolk defending themselves against nasty ruffians.

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