Dalton Day's action, 1996
April 9, 2015 at 4:12 p.m.
Updated April 9, 2015 at 4:12 p.m.
More than 120 years ago, Bill Dalton and his gang rode into Longview to rob the First National Bank. The robbery left three people dead, including one of the gang members, and it was estimated that about 200 shots were fired during what could be called one of the Old West’s biggest shootouts.
The Dalton Days celebration is meant to highlight the heroism displayed by the people of Longview in trying to protect the city, bank and its residents, organizer Mary Ramos said.
This week’s #ThrowbackThursday dates back to 1996, the second year of the now annual event, with descrition, “The Old West as alive and smokin’ on Fredonia Street in downtown Longview Saturday afternoon. A member of the Dalton Gang makes his way to the alley as he holds a bank teller for cover.”
This year’s Dalton Days event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 11 at the Longview Rodeo Arena.
Enjoying our #tbt pictures? Don’t forget to check back next Thursday for another visual walk down memory lane as we take a tour through our archives and join the #ThrowbackThursday social media trend.