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Saturday, October 22, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Coffeyville, Kansas was settled in 1869 and originally was an Indian trading post. At that time, what is now the state of Oklahoma, was the Indian Territory. The town was named after Col. James A. Coffey.
Coffeyville is probably most noted as the place where the Dalton gang was shot and killed in 1892 after they tried to rob 2 banks there simultaneously. Here I am in front of one of those banks that still stands today.
I'm in front of the Midland theater which up until 1998 still ran as a movie house. It was built in 1928.
The Midland Theater Foundation is endeavoring to raise funds to restore it to it former glory.
We stopped by the Brown Mansion, but it's closed on Sundays so we weren't able to go inside.
Completed in 1907 by W. P. Brown, the four-floor, 16 room Mansion contains the original furniture, wall and floor coverings. The main floor has nine rooms, including the dining room featuring a signed Tiffany chandelier. The second floor houses the sleeping quarters with five bedrooms and three full l baths, and a ballroom graces the entire third floor. A full basement features the butler quarters, laundry, heating system, walk-in ice box and storage spaces.
That's one big house!
On our way out of town we stopped to admire this old steam engine that was on display.
Too bad we can't take a ride.