On April 5 the spirit of the frontier will again gallop across East Texas as the annual Dalton Days come to the Longview Rodeo Arena just off Cotton Street from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
This year’s showcase will be the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association’s trick riding, fast-shooting riders.
The Gregg County Historical Museum stages the yearly Dalton Days in commemoration of the May 23, 1894 bank robbery in which Bill Dalton and three of his confederates robbed Longview’s First National Bank.
Although late in the era of the Wild West, the shootout was a real donnybrook with approximately 200 shots being fired and three men (including a gang member) left dead.
The annual event showcases both the city’s history and the traditional bravery and civic commitment of its residents.
Event Chair Mary Ramos has recounted how locals responded in defense of their city as soon as shots were fired. The museum uses a grant from the Longview Cultural Activities Commission to finance the re-enactment. As it is every year this day will be fun for the whole family.
The Longview World of Wonders is working on a plan to construct a hands-on childrens’ discovery center. On April 5 it will also furnish such kiddie activities as a petting zoo, pony rides, bounce house and assorted games.
There will also be hands-on rope tricks and riding demonstrations by Tommy Bishop with the Rockin’ TK Performance Horses and Pony Express.
Safe Haven will spice up the day via its Tennis Ball Toss for those hoping to win a big screen TV furnished by Peters Chevrolet.
Tickets for adults will be $6 in advance, and $8 at the gate, $4 for children aged 3 to 12, and free for children aged two and younger.
Tickets are available at the Gregg County Historical Museum, America’s Country Store/Jake’s Feed, Louis Morgan Drugs #4, and at Horaney’s Feed Store.