- The Dalton Gang were active between 1890-1892, in Kansas and Indian Territory (Oklahoma).
- Their name came from the three Dalton-brother members: Bob (1868-1892), Emmett “Em”(1871-1937), and Gratton “Grat” (1865-1892).
- An older brother – Frank – had been a Deputy Marshal, but he was killed in 1888. His three siblings initially followed in his footsteps and only turned to crime after they were not paid for upholding the law.
- The Dalton family came from Indian Territory and later settled in Kansas.
- They were related to the Younger Brothers who rode with Jesse James.
- This gang specialized in bank and train robberies.
- They were notoriously violent and sometimes shot innocent bystanders.
- Other members included Dick Broadwell, Bill Power, Bill Doolin, Charlie Bryant, Charley Pierce, and George Newcomb.
- The majority of the gang was killed trying to rob two banks at the same time, when the townsfolk of Coffeyville (Kansas) protected their money in a lengthy shootout.
History.com, “This Day In History,” at http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-dalton-gang-is-wiped-out-in-coffeyville-kansas
HistoryNet, “The Dalton Gang,” at http://www.historynet.com/dalton-gang
Rosa, Joseph, G. Age of the Gunfighter: Man and Weapons on the Frontier, 1840-1900. Oklahoma: U of Oklahoma P, 1995.
Wikipedia, “Dalton Gang,” at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dalton_Gang