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1887---Eva Dalton--sister of the brothers who made up the infamous Dalton Gang--marries John N. Whipple, proprietor of Whipple Headquarters in Meade, Kansas, on October 25th. Emmett, the youngest of the 4 Dalton brothers, attends. The couple moves into a new home John had built for Eva. After the brothers turn to a life of crime, people wonder and lawmen watch the house and search the premises, but no Daltons are ever found hiding there.
1892---Eva Dalton Whipple and her husband John quietly leave Meade, and the house is sold at a sheriff's sale. They are gone on October 5th when the Dalton Gang attempts to rob 2 Coffeyville banks simultaneously. But the citizens of Coffeyville are willing to take them on, and 4 of the 5 outlaws are killed in the running gunfight (Bob and Grat Dalton and Dick Broadwell and Bill Power). 4 Coffeyville citizens die and 21-year-old Emmet Dalton is seriously wounded. Sometime later, the new owners of the Whipple House are startled by a trail-weary stranger who appears out of nowhere--he had come up a 95-foot tunnel from the barn.
Dalton Gang Hideout - Home of Eva Dalton Whipple, sister to famous Dalton Gang. Restored as it was in 1887. Outlaw hideout, escape tunnel to barn, and museum of western artifacts.
KU faculty to head west from Winfield to Liberal on May 25, 2004 during bus tour: By noon, the faculty will be on the way to Meade for a 1 p.m. lunch at the Chuckwagon Cafe, 807 Carthage, owned by Judy Perkins. Brian Best, cafe manager, not only will serve the 42 visiting faculty but also may informally field questions about the town's notorious 1887 resident: Eva Dalton Whipple, a sister to the three brothers of the Dalton Gang. Her house is part of a local museum that features a house-to-barn tunnel where Dalton Whipple would hide the gang from the law.
The Original House That Served as a Hideout for the Dalton Gang
This house and a nearby barn were linked by an escape tunnel that was used by the Dalton Gang. The house was built in 1887 by by J. N. and Eva Dalton Whipple. She was the sister of Bob, Emmett and Gratton Dalton. The Dalton brothers were seen in Meade from time to time, in fact, Emmett attended his sister's wedding here. The escape tunnel was discovered after the Whipples left Meade in 1892, shortly after Dick Broadwell, Bill Powers, Bob and Gratton Dalton were killed during a bank robbery attempt in Coffeyville, Kansas.
The Whipple's abandoned the house in 1892. The property was foreclosed, and the H.G. Marshall family, moved into the house. The Marshall family found the escape tunnel under a stairway in the house. The original tunnel was barely large enough to allow a person to walk upright.
The house still stands as originally built in 1887, however, the tunnel has been restored and enlarged and the barn has been rebuilt. The barn now houses a museum. The Hideout and Escape Tunnel are four blocks south of US 54 in Meade and is visited by thousands of people every year. The Meade County Historical Society preserves the house, tunnel and the artifacts in the museum. The museum displays Dalton Gang photographs and newpaper clippings, period clothing, civil war artifacts, a barbed wire collection, many guns and some natural oddities as well. A small admission is charged for adults; children are admitted free.
Bob and Grat were killed along with Bill Powers and Dick Broadwell in the gang's famous raid on Coffeyville in 1892. They had attempted to rob two banks at the same time.
!SOURCE: Post by Dolores Dodge (email hidden) to the email hidden mailing list, 26 Nov 2005. Adds death date and place.
RIN 93710. Quick link to this page: https://genweb.whipple.org/93710
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