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    Grisly aftermath of the Dalton Gang Crime Spree.

    Dalton Gang: Possibly Unpublished Composite Photograph. Around 9:30 am on the morning of October 5, 1892, five members of the Dalton Gang (Grat Dalton, Emmett Dalton, Bob Dalton, Bill Power, and Dick Broadwell) rode into the small town of Coffeyville, Kansas. Their objective was to achieve financial security and make outlaw history by simultaneously robbing two banks. From the beginning, their audacious plan went astray. The hitching post where they intended to tie their horses had been torn down due to road repairs. This forced the gang to hitch their horses in a near-by alley - a fateful decision. To disguise their identity, (Coffeyville was the Dalton's hometown), two of the Dalton's wore false beards and wigs. Despite this, the gang was recognized as they crossed the town's wide plaza, split up, and entered the two banks. Suspicious townspeople watched through the banks' wide front windows as the robbers pulled their guns. Someone on the street shouted, "The bank is being robbed!" and the citizens quickly armed themselves - taking up firing positions around the banks. The ensuing firefight lasted less than fifteen minutes. A brief moment in time in which four townspeople lost their lives, four members of the Dalton Gang were gunned down, and a small Kansas town became part of history.

    We offer a 7" x 9" composite silver print photograph mounted to the original board, attractively double-matted and framed. The top section shows "The Dalton Bandits as They Appeared Immediately after Death." The four dead bank robbers are laid out on a train station platform while a small boy peers through a crack in the fence. The one survivor of the raid, Emmett, appears in the top left corner. The copyright information has been inked out, no doubt by the fellow who pirated the image. An annotation to the right reads: "Killed while robbing the Coffeyville Bank". The bottom third of the photo shows other members of the extended Dalton Family in post-mortem views: "Father" [Bill] McCarthy, Bill Doolin ("Out-law and member of the original Dalton gang, killed in N.M. August 24th 1896"), and "Son [Fred] McCarthy killed by posse after robbing bank in Colorado". Bill and Fred McCarty were principal members of the McCarty Gang. Their brother Tom survived the 1893 robbery where they were killed and was most famous for giving Butch Cassidy his start in the business. Generally in very fine condition with some minor wrinkles and a tear next to Fred McCarthy. We can source no appearances at auction.


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