ERIC Number: ED471524
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Coffeyville, Kansas: The Town That Stopped the Dalton Gang. Teaching with Historic Places.
By 1890 the legendary outlaws of the 1870s and 1880s were mostly dead or in prison. When Luther Perkins erected his new bank building in Coffeyville, Kansas, a bank robbery was the farthest thing from his mind. But the Dalton cousins, former Coffeyville residents, were interested in the bank because they wanted to outdo the James gang by using the town as a setting for a spectacular double bank robbery. The robbery ended, however, with four of the five outlaws dead. Coffeyville became famous in the nation as the town that stopped the Daltons. This lesson is based on a National Register of Historic Places file, on studies of outlaws of the U.S. West, and on a contemporary description of the robbery. The lesson can be used in U.S. history, social studies, and geography courses and in units on the post-Civil War era, the settlement and culture of the West, or Kansas history. It cites educational objectives and lists materials needed. It is divided into eight sections: (1) "About This Lesson"; (2) "Getting Started: Inquiry Question"; (3) "Setting the Stage: Historical Context"; (4) "Locating the Site: Maps" (Coffeyville, Kansas and Surrounding Area); (5) "Determining the Facts: Readings" (Renegades and Outlaws; Dalton Gang; People of Coffeyville Say 'Enough!'); (6) "Visual Evidence: Images" (C.M. Condon and Company Bank, 1892; Condon Bank after the Attempted Robbery; 'Death Alley,' Coffeyville, Kansas; Bodies of the Dalton Gang After the Shoot-Out; Condon National Bank Building Today); (7) "Putting It All Together: Activities" (Myth of the Outlaw; Taking the Law into Our Own Hands; Locally Famous Events in the Community); and (8) "Supplementary Resources." (BT)
Descriptors: Heritage Education, Historic Sites, Middle Schools, Primary Sources, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Student Educational Objectives, United States History
Teaching with Historic Places, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, NW, Suite NC400, Washington, DC 20240. For full text: http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Park Service (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC. National Register of Historic Places.