On Saturday, we went downtown for Dalton Days…..each year they recreate the day that the Dalton gang rode into town with the intention of robbing the two banks in town. This picture kind of sums up what happened on that day…. (click on the picture to make it bigger so you can read writing)
It was a fierce gun battle, which was really loud (was nice that they handed out ear plugs beforehand) and a lot of shooting…..
At the end the “widows or mother” of each of the fallen Coffeyville citizens told about their man…age, occupation and who they left behind and how they had been in the wrong place at the wrong time. Watching it all unfold, it made me think how weird it was to see men just walking around carrying firearms in the Old West. So different from today. In the alley where it all actually took place, they have outlines painted on the road where the bodies laid and here is a picture of one of the original bullet holes left behind from the gun battle.
After the re-enactment, we went home to get ready for work. It worked out well that we were able to take in Dalton days before leaving for work. We only worked 5 - 9 p.m.and now we have Sunday - Tuesday off.