Obviously overconfident, the Dalton Gang planned what they believed to be one of the biggest bank heists ever when they thought they could hold up two of them at a time. About 9:00 a.m. on the morning of October 5, 1892, brothers Bob, Grat and Emmett Dalton, along with Bill Power and Dick Broadwell rode into Coffeyville to find the city’s streets filled with people.
Tying their horses in an alley across from the banks, they dismounted and marched down the alley, three in front and two in the rear. The outlaws, disguised with false beards, divided into two groups, with Grat, Power, and Broadwell entering the C.M. Condon & Co. Bank, and Bob and Emmett crossing the plaza to enter the First National Bank.
However, what they hadn’t counted on, was disguise or no, one of them was recognized by a Coffeyville citizen who quickly sent out an alert. In no time, bullets began to punch through the windows of the banks as Coffeyville citizens fought back. Immediately, it turned out to be an all-out gun battle between the town citizens and the outlaws. Less than fifteen minutes after the robbers had entered the banks, eight men were dead and three were wounded. Of the Dalton Gang, Bob and Grat Dalton, Bill Power and Dick Broadwell were killed. The local men that were killed were Marshal Charles Connelly, Lucius Baldwin, George Cubine, and Charles Brown. Emmett Dalton, the only outlaw to survive, spent the next 15 years in prison. More …
By Kathy Weiser-Alexander, updated January 2020.