DescriptionThough carefully planned, the simultaneous robbery of Coffeyville's two banks in October 1892 was not executed successfully. Because Eighth Street was being torn up where Bob, Grat and Emmett Dalton and their two confederates intended to tie their horses, they had to leave them in a parallel alley—too far for a safe getaway even under ideal circumstances.
Then, a warning of what was about to happen and a delaying ruse on the part of a bank employee gave townspeople time to arm. The running gun battle that followed left four citizens and all but one of the outlaws dead. Such was the Dalton Raid, one of the most notorious chapters in the annals of Kansas.
One of the banks involved, the Old Condon Bank (Perkins Building) at 811 Walnut St., has been restored to its original appearance. A replica of the old city jail sits in Death Alley, where the horses were left. The graves of Bob and Grat Dalton can be seen in Elmwood Cemetery, 2 blocks west of US 169.
Coffeyville once was the home of baseball pitcher Walter Johnson and of 1940 presidential candidate Wendell Willkie, who taught school in the town. A memorial to Johnson is in Walter Johnson Park.
The growth of the town is depicted in 13 murals on downtown walls, sidewalks and stores.
Visitor InfoCoffeyville Area Chamber of Commerce 807 Walnut St. COFFEYVILLE, KS 67337. Phone:(620)251-2550 or (800)626-3357
Things to SeeBrown Mansion