THE DALTON GANG SHOT DOWN!
The Helena Independent, Helena, Montana
Thursday, October 6, 1892
Front page headlines scream: “WIPED OUT. The Dalton Gang of Murderous Outlaws Die With Their Boots on.” An almost two-column, action-packed account begins: “COFFEYVILLE, Kan., Oct. 5–The Dalton gang has been exterminated, wiped off the face of the earth. Caught like rats in a trap, they were to-day shot down, but not until four citizens of this place yielded up their lives in the work of extermination.”
Raised near Coffeyville, the Daltons and their cohorts were originally on the side of the law, but turned to crime in 1890 as they met more and more bandits. The notorious gang stole horses, robbed trains and banks, becoming the number one outlaw gang in the Wild West.
This historic issue also reports the death of poet Afred Lord Tennyson with a superb bust sketch. There are also reports of early baseball games, and really fascinating advertisements from the Wild West.
The issue is 8 pages, complete and in excellent condition, beautifully preserved. In fact, it’s about the nicest 1890s newspaper we’ve ever seen! This is the only issue on the Dalton Gang that’s been in inventory, and will prove to be a cornerstone for the finest Western Collection. Please don’t miss it! The report on the shootout in Coffeyville is as exciting a newspaper account as I’ve personally ever read!