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Photo 4: Bodies of the Dalton Gang after the shoot-out. [Photo 4] with link to larger version of photo.
(Kansas State Historical Society)

The bodies of the dead gunmen were first simply dumped in a heap in the town jail. The next morning, they were placed on a hay wagon and photographed. There are many different versions, with the bodies in different positions. The inset photo shows Emmett Dalton, who was seriously wounded, but survived to serve a 14-year jail sentence.

Questions for Photos 4

1. Why do you think the people of Coffeyville would treat dead bodies in this way? What does it indicate about their feelings for the Dalton gang members?

2. Why do you think this photo was made?

3. No photographs of the bodies of Coffeyville citizens killed during the robbery appear to have been taken. Why do you think that was so?

* The photo on this screen has a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a larger version of Photo 4, but be aware that the file will take as much as 39 seconds to load with a 28.8K modem.

 

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